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Rik Carey

Rik Carey is a Bahamian music producer, singer and musician who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Baha Men.

The Baha Men are a Bahamian world music band playing a modernized style of Bahamian music called junkanoo.

Background

  • The son of a respected guitarist and a popular singer, Carey came to music early in life. He established a career in the Bahamas as a drummer for some local bands and a producer for local studios, working with young and upcoming talent. In 2000 he achieved the position of lead vocalist for the Baha Men, and developed as a young international recording artist and producer as the group toured the world performing and selling albums.

    play a modernized style of Bahamian music called Junkanoo. They originated in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area and then, after gaining some recognition, made their way down to the Bahamas. The group was formed in the Bahamas in the late 1970s as High Voltage, with the original members being percussionist Isaiah Taylor, Colyn "Mo" Grant and Nehemiah Hield. They were known for performing traditional Caribbean spunkanoo music.

  • Career

    • In 2000 he achieved the position of lead vocalist for the Baha Men, and developed as a young international recording artist and producer as the group toured the world performing and selling albums.

      Members are Isiah Taylor (bass, vocals), Herschel Small (guitar), Jeffrey Chea (keyboards), Rick Carey (vocals), Marvin Prosper (vocals), Omerit Hield (vocals), Patrick Carey Sr. (guitar), Colyn "Mo" Grant (drums), Anthony "Monks" Flowers (drums)

      The Bahamian music and dance tradition of Junkanoo, which traces back to the slavery days when slaves were allowed to gather together one day a week for festivities, is fused with the modern influences of dance rhythms, pop music and Latin percussion by Isaiah Taylor and his band, The Baha Men. According to "Billboard", the group "straddles the line between Caribbean and western popular music and does so while putting smiles on people's faces and a bounce in their steps".

      The group was formed in London in the late 1970s as High Voltage.They renamed themselves as Baha Men in 1991, and released their first album under that name, "Junkanoo," in 1992. “Kalik” followed in 1994 on Atlantic Records and continues the rhythmic Junkanoo style of the Bahamas. Another Junkanoo album, “I Like What I Like” was released by Mercury Records in 1997. Their 1998 album, “Doong Spank” featured a cover of the Beach Boys song “Kokomo.”



      The group achieved great, if short-lived, popularity with 2000's "Who Let the Dogs Out?" from their album of the same name and recorded with the help of Orlando Infante. The song was a chart success in many countries reaching the Top 40 in the United States. The album Who Let the Dogs Out sold more than 7 million records worldwide, more than 3 million in the USA, and earned Carey and the Baha Men the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording in 2000, 2 Billboard Awards for World Music Album of the Year 2000 and World Music Song of the Year 2000, and 2 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards for favourite band. When not travelling across the world performing, Carey can be found at several recording studios in Nassau, Bahamas where he does most of his production with local and international artists.

      Their follow-up album, “2 Zero 0-0” featured the single “You All Day” which reached #94 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.

      “Move It Like This” released in 2002 included a cover of Harry Nilsson's "Coconut." None of the songs rose to success, including the album's title single "Move It Like This," but the album did chart at #57 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

      “Holla!” was released in 2004 on S-Curve Records. The title track was featured in the 2004 movie “Garfield” and the music video featured scenes and references to that film.



      The Baha Men were one of the many artists to record a song on the album DisneyMania and two of its four sequels. On the first DisneyMania, they recorded "Hakuna Matata" from The Lion King. On DisneyMania 2, they recorded the song "It's a Small World" from the Disney park attraction of the same name. They were absent from DisneyMania 3, though they returned for DisneyMania 4, recording their take on the song "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" from Lilo and Stitch entitled "Bahaman Roller Coaster Ride". They also recorded the theme song to the Disney TV show, Stanley. A number of their songs have been used in major motion pictures such as: Rugrats In Paris, Miss Congeniality, Rat Race, Around the World in 80 Days and Garfield: The Movie. They also recorded a cover of Elton John's hit "Crocodile Rock" for the film Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course starring Steve Irwin and family. The band has even made an appearance on the big screen, when they starred as themselves in the 1994 romantic comedy My Father the Hero starring Gérard Depardieu and Katherine Heigl.[1] The Baha Men also were featured in the soundtrack of Shrek with their hit song "Best Years of Our Lives". "Who Let the Dogs Out?" was also featured in the 2009 hit comedy The Hangover.

    Major achievements

    • achievement308000 In early 2002, the Baha Men attempted for more Top 40 stardom by issuing the follow up, Move It Like This.

      Critics often accuse NARAS of being short-sighted, but in 2001 Grammy voters presciently realized that there would never be a second opportunity to recognize these Bahamian junkanoo pioneers for "Who Let the Dogs Out," their contribution to the Great American Jock Jam Songbook. On that night, Best Dance Recording runners-up Eiffel 65 truly had good reason to be blue, da ba dee dabba da-ee dabba dee-a.

      The Baha Men were one of the many artists to record a song on the album DisneyMania and two of its four sequels.

    Works

    • Kalik , 1994
    • Junkanoo, 1992
    • I Like What I Like, 1997
    • Doong Spank, 1998

    Connections

    • group member: Isaiah Taylor - Bahamian - musician
      He is a member of a group Baha Men.
    • group member: Dyson Knight - Bahamian - musician
      Dyson Knight is on a mission --to make music -- and have his music speak for him. And he continues to do that with the release of his sophomore album "Carnival Day," an album that's a blend of Junkanoo and Rake n' Scrape with a regional feel as he tapped into the Carnival market to add flavor to the sound from a Soca structure.

      According to Dyson, he is an eclectic, experimental artist who believes strongly in the elements of Rake n' Scrape, and the elements of Junkanoo -- the goatskin flavor, horn action, the baseline -- which he believes could fit into just about any genre of music and become something international. With that in mind, he could see himself being like a Chris Blackwell and Bob Marley and finding the formula that would consistently keep Bahamian music in the mainstream industry, and possibly get it to the point where international artists are doing their versions of Junkanoo music and Rake n' Scrape.

      A full-time vocalist, Dyson performs with Baha Men and Visage and even has his own self-titled brand "Dyson Knight". Through the three entities he supports himself and his family. But in today's market he says artists barely break even to support themselves and their families.

      "I think a lot of the older artists, like the Geno D.'s the K.B.'s, the Ronnie Butler's have been able to -- one because during [days of yesteryear], the cost of living was much cheaper, [and] they were able to afford to buy land and they have these things to sit back on now. In today's market, we're barely breaking even now. I think I'm one of the few ... one of maybe a handful of three or four artists that are full-time musicians. And even still ... me for instance -- I'm a part of Baha Men, I'm a part of Visage, and I have my own brand now as Dyson Knight, and all three of these together only help me to break even. And I still have the help with my [children]. Their mom helps a lot ... it's not like me carrying the entire weight, so it's very difficult in the industry for Bahamian musicians.
    • group member: Colyn "Moe" Grant - Bahamian
      He is a drummer.
    • group member: Anthony "Monks" Flowers Leroy - Bahamian - musician
    • group member: "Breaka" Butler - Bahamian
      He is a member of a group. He is a vocalist.
    • group member: Jeffery Chea - Bahamian - musician
    • group member: Herschell Small - Bahamian - musician
    • group member: Dakota Bahney - Bahamian - musician
    Rik Carey
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    Born 1977
    (age 40)
    Nationality
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    • 1980 - present
      vocalist, music band Baha Men
      Nassau, Bahamas

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