If you love great reggae music, you should know about a very prominent artist during his time. Juno award winner and 1 hit chart topper with the song ‘Informer’, Darrin O’ Brien has a great career to now look back on for the great songs he has made and artists he has gotten to meet during his recording career. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Darrin was originally blending his own type of unique music with Dancehall, reggae, and rock influences to create what he loved. He moved to Ajax, Ontario at 16 and met DJ Marvin Prince in 1988 at a party. They quickly hit it off and become best of friends, eventually practicing music in Prince’s basement. Prince would DJ and Darrin, known by close friends as ‘Snow’, would provide vocals. While both of them where in New York City, Prince mentioned Snow’s name to then rap megastar M.C Shan. Things picked up after Shan had Snow hang out with David Eng and Steve Salem, both prominent music producers. In 1993 Snow’s debut album 12 inches of Snow came out.
Unfortunately for O’Brien, he was serving prison time for an assault charge while his record was being promoted, but when he got out of jail he was met with some great news: His first single for the album, ‘informer’, was a chart-topping hit. The album sold 8 million copies worldwide and ‘Informer’ was 1 on the charts for seven weeks consecutively. In fact, the Guinness Book of World Records has the single recorded twice in the history books as the best selling reggae single in U.S history. It’s no question Mr. O’Brien has the gift of music and selling it to people. His voice, dedication to authenticity, and attention to detail have made his singing phenomenally accpeted by reggae fans around the world. You will enjoy the music of Snow and how it makes you feel when it hits your ears with a sweet melody of song.