Bob Marley meets Tupac.
Leaf of Life is a gritty Kingston, Jamaica born roots reggae and dancehall artist. Self-taught, his talents encompass all musical art forms: writer, composer, producer & vocalist.
Professionally, Leaf of Life has released over 40 singles, compilations, EP’s, albums and music videos under his record label Haile Cush Records. Leaf of Life got accepted to be in the newest member class of the Recording Academy, allowing him to vote & be nominated for the Grammys. Life hasn't been easy for Leaf of Life, most of his friends & family didn't make it out. While he's faced many trials as a ghetto youth, he hasn't let that hold him back. He's already reached Billboard with his combination with Lutan Fyah & Akae Beka "So di World a Run", wrote songs for big acts such as Queen Ifrica, started a non-profit for youth (Leaf of Life Youth Rising HaileCush.com/youthrising) & performed at the top shows in the US & Jamaica.
From the community of Dunmair Close in Kingston 19, Jamaica, Leaf of Life started his career under the name “Stranger” & had his radio debut in 2000 on Irie FM with the single “Higher Inna Life”. He recorded under the Young Blood label until he recognized Rastafari as his calling. He attended the famed, Ethiopia Africa Black International Congress (EABIC), in Bobo Hill, Bull Bay and the, “School of Vision”, at Blue Mountain Peak.
In 2003 he took the name “Leaf of Life” (meaning Medicine, Representative of the Forest, Healing of the Nation) and recorded his 1st song ’Gully’ on the Middle East riddim. The Middle East album also features Movado & Vybz Cartel released by Greensleeves records in 2004. His adeptness for freestyling & creativity lead him to recording & performing non stop, releasing songs on popular riddims such as Police in Helicopter & Jamaica's Crying for Peace. Leaf of Life has worked alongside award-winning artists such as Queen Ifrica, for whom he has written songs such as “Yad to the East”. Songwriting comes so naturally to him that he currently has over 300 unreleased songs written.
2005 made him famous for originating the ‘Haile Cush’ slang, as well as getting the press recognition through the Jamaica-Gleaner.com and Jamaica-Star.com. Reggaelizeit.com had this to say about his song with Asante Amen & Dean Fraser: ""Sinners" is simply a reggae classic."
He's performed throughout the caribbean at such shows as Rebel Salute, St. Mary Mi Come From & Spice in the Hills. In 2009 he made his first trip to the US with Tony Rebel & Queen Ifrica who performed at Madison Square Garden & he hasn’t looked back since. Now on his US Tour, he's played with Anthony B on Reggae on the River, on the Richie Spice World Cycle Tour, at Moe's Alley & the NYC Reggae Festival.
Touring in California also lead him to expressing his artistry in a new way. In 2017 he made an appearance on Netflix's "Most Popular Series Ever"; '13 Reasons Why'. Quickly it became the most tweeted show of 2017 & he is humbled to be a part of it.