Every month we will highlight a great musician/artist here in Southern California.. We’ll introduce you to the performers, show you where to buy their music, and tell you where they’re playing next.

For our first SoCal Certified artist, we’d thought we’d select one of our personal favorites. A group that’s music has accompanied us for months, on our long hours, Saturdays and late night working on prep for the launch of this site. It was only fair we pay tribute to Fortunate Youth — with their mellow vibe we’ve been jamming to these reggae tunes while we assemble our first issue.

Fortunate Youth

Fortunate Youth. Picture courtesy of Mike David Photography

A combination of South Bay reggae musicians from different bands, Fortunate Youth, has put together a 6-piece masterpiece. Fortunate Youth’s sound is a mix of rootsy vibes, boisterous guitar solos, unique bass lines with a one-of-a-kind voice. Their high energy, positive stage presence and rare sound separate them from any other reggae band.

Fortunate Youth has reached the attention of many reggae listeners and have achieved high status in the reggae genre. At the time of releasing their album “Irie State Of Mind” in 2011, they quickly reached the top of iTunes Reggae Charts at #2 and landed the #13 position on Billboard Top 100 Reggae Albums. The early success of Fortunate Youth has spread their music around to music lovers nationwide.

Fortunate Youth performing at the Key Club in Hollywood, CA. Picture courtesy of Mike David Photography

Fortunate youth has had the great honor of going on tour and sharing the stage with known reggae bands like The Expendables, Pepper, Tribal Seeds and The Green. In 2013 the rising reggae band released their album called, “It’s All A Jam”. The album immediately hit numerous top charts, including #1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts, #10 Billboard Pacific HeatSeekers Chart, #23 Billboard National Heatseeker Chart as well as #1 on iTunes Reggae Charts and #46 iTunes Overall Charts.

Upon their success and recognition from top charts, Fortunate Youth continues to spread their unique reggae sound to reggae lovers worldwide. Fortunate Youth has gone on many tours and played in numerous music festivals in the nation. They even have gone to play a couple of shows in Costa Rica, making it their first international gig.

If you have not heard the amazing music that Fortunate Youth puts out, then be sure to buy their albums on iTunes and visit their tour webpage to see the next time they are in your hometown.

Francisco Macia

Francisco Macia is a staff writer for OC Foodie Fest. He is an Orange County native from Mission Viejo.He enjoys attending many events in Orange County and discovering new restaurants, bars and cool places in Orange County. When he's not writing, Francisco can be found body boarding at the beach or playing basketball with friends.

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