Born Allan Harris in Portland, Jamaica, Jerry has since the age of 14 devoted his life to music. He was influenced by his father who was a professional jazz and calypso musician on the hotel circuit in Jamaica. His first regular gig as a guitarist/backing vocalist came in 1972 when he played weekly at the Port Antonio Hotel with The Young Experience Band. For the next two years the band which included Junior Murvin, who garnered fame for his classic hit "Police And Thieves" performed with U-Roy, Toots & The Maytals and the Heptones.
In 1974 Jerry migrated to New York where he joined The Stepping Stone Band. He subsequently joined The New Breed Band, backing Burning Spear on his first US tour which lead to gigs supporting Sugar Minott, Ken Boothe, The Blues Busters, and numerous other reggae artists.
Jerry released his first solo album I'm For You on Wackies Records label. He continued to write and arrange his own music which led to him producing the classic "Spreading All Over" album in 1987. He recorded "Rock This Session" in 1990 and "Smile And Be Happy" in 1991 which were both released by Japan based Alpha Enterprise.
As Jerry Harris & the Rhythm Force band, he backed Super Cat on one of his Canadian tours and Shabba Ranks in New York. He was also a key member of the long running Japansplash since its inception in 1985 and has toured Japan with Max Romeo, Freddy Mcgregor, Japanese reggae star Nahki, Tiger, Barrington Levy, Alton Ellis, Judy Mowatt and Jimmy Riley. He is now a household name among Japanese reggae lovers thanks to his extensive tours of the country.
In 1992, Harris' music was included on the reggae compilation "Yesterday Once More" which was released on Polystar (Japan). The label followed with "Endless Love" (1993) and "Nice 'N' Good To You," which was released in Japan and the far East.
He also released "Tonight" (2002), "Lovers Paradise" (2004), "Love and a message" (2006) and a none reggae album titled "New York City Love." Jerry continues to tour and produce other artists on his Listen Up Records label and currently works with Japanese record company Avex, Megarylu, Pang and DJ Nahki.
Now in 2016, "Reggae Rootsman" sees the light of the day, and the title definitely defines what is included on the album, conscious / deep / positive songs together with serious heavy ROOTS riddims is what everyone will find from ONE of the "hidden" Wackie's MUSIC MAKERS !
Top musicians included are Jerry Johnson & Neville, Professor Larry, Ras Menelik, Dean Fraser and Mr Harris himself.
Reggae Portugal recommends !
1. Leave Us Alone
2. Can't Lose with Jah
3. Reggae Rootsman
5. Pray Fi Them
6. Medical Marijuana
8. Learn to Survive
10. Working Everyday
11. Climate Change
12. Live Your Life
13. Feed the World
14. Drum and Bass
15. Words of Wisdom