Madi Simmons entered the performing scene at the age of 16. He started out playing the drums, songwriting, and singing. Throughout his life, Madi’s key musical influences have been Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, John Bonham (Drummer), Bob Marley, and Peter Tosh, and that’s just to name a few. There are many other influences that you can hear in his voice. Madi has got a wide musical range and can send your mind to a nostalgic place……with vibes that remind us of Black Uhuru and a voice that combines Gregory Issac, Peter Tosh, and Dennis Brown into one, Madi Simmons is still pushing out his sweet reggae music.
Mainly known for playing drums and having a strong vocal delivery, Madi learned over the years to perfect that one drop among other styles, though as you will hear, his preference is to use his voice. He has toured quite a bit in the last 20 years, performing on stages from the Pacific Northwest, California, Hawaii, and from the Midwest to the West Coast. Madi has appeared at major events such as Cougar Mountain fest, Benbow Summer Art fair, Unity fest, North Country Fair, and even Reggae On The River as an Emcee and performer.
Now he is sparking interest in Europe and other parts of the world Madi was also voted best indie artist on two different showcases, Review Indie http://reviewindie.com/2021/05/madi-simmons-is-an-award-winning-reggae-singer-songwriter/ and Top Indie Artist 2018 on Shyrick Radio Madi Simmons has a catalog of albums dating back many years including Get You Some 2005, One Love EP 2008, Reggae Against Landmines – Volume 1 2011, Reggae Against Landmines – Volume 2 2011, Reggae Against Landmines, Vol. 3 EP 2012 My Time Is Now – EP 2012, A Time For Love – EP 2012, Dread & Alive Kindah, Vol. 4 2012 Review of Northern California Live Show at Siphos; Jamaican restaurant in Chico California featuring Madi Simmons Oct 13, 2018.
“I had the lively roots experience of catching Madi Simmons perform live at Sipho’s Jamaican Restaurant and Cafe in Chico in Northern California. As Madi came on stage the conscious vibes came with him. As I listened to Madi sing, I felt him channeling the highest One Love spirit. Madi’s voice brings the true down-to-earth Blues Reggae tones and transports the audience to a place of Soul meets Reggae. I felt like I was in the islands, hearing Roots and Gospel blended with Blues and Soul. It is not every day that you hear an artist, like Madi, that can freestyle and deliver a vocal message of Unity. His songwriting addresses the injustices of the world, yet he does not leave you in a heavy place. His strong voice connects deeply with his Chicago Blues and Gospel family roots as it rises to leave the audience with a message of consciousness and love as only Reggae can.
If Madi Simmons sits in on his drum kit or conga drums get ready to move your feet. His drumming rumbles like the earthquakes that roll through San Francisco, at one time his hometown. If you are looking to be uplifted, catch him live and add his songs to your playlist. If he comes out of his base in the Pacific Northwest Redwood Forests, to a town near you, buy your tickets early as he is likely to sell out. Bless and Love Sister iIQueen Kathleen Madi Simmons continues to “speak to you through the music” on current issues that touch his heart.
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