With a legacy stretching back over 50 years, the Honourable Jimmy Cliff has a catalogue that ranks among the most influential in global culture.
He is the only living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honour that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievement in the arts and sciences. He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2010.
Jimmy Cliff is best known among mainstream audiences for songs such as 'Sitting in Limbo', 'You Can Get it if You Really Want' and 'Many Rivers to Cross' from the soundtrack to 'The Harder They Come', which helped popularise reggae across the world.
When the film was released in 1972 Cliff was already a huge star in Jamaica. Coming from the small town of St. James, he headed to Kingston while still a boy and quickly convinced record store proprietor Leslie Kong to produce him. His first hit ‘Hurricane Hattie’ was released when he was just 14. After representing Jamaica at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, he signed with Island Records and moved to London, making such hits as ‘Wonderful World, Beautiful People’ which won him international success and acclaim.
Jimmy Cliff continues to write music, 2012 album 'Rebirth' charted in the UK, US and Europe.