Odel Johnson shares his cultural home of St. Ann’s parish with the likes of Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley and Burning Spear, all of whom have served as sources of great inspiration for this self taught drummer and songwriter.

The rhythmic journey began early for Odel, who started playing traditional Jamaican hand-drums for his family at the youthful age of seven. Odel’s prodigious persistence on the kette drum in conjunction with his singing, poetry and story-telling in school lead an Elder (that most people in Tabernacle knew as Mass Grampa) to gift the young drummer with a handmade snare drum. From then on, there was no stopping him on the musical mission to “freementality.”

In the drummie’s seat for several years as part of the post-Tosh Fully Fullwood band, Odel learned a lot from this group that has backed some of reggae’s most popular artists including Peter Tosh as the Word Sound Power band (which at that time had Santa Davis on drums.) The artist performed in countless sessions and played on many of Scientist’s engineered stages–from this he learned the “science” that creates this new treatment to the time-honored tradition of the live-off-the-floor-recording technique.

At the young age of just 24 Odel would receive his first Juno for playing on, singing touring and helping to write Messenjah’s award-winning album Catch The Vibe. As well as recording and touring with the Reggae Cowboys, Odel continued on the journey to freementality by emigrating to Los Angeles to join Fully Fullwood, the famous bass player best-known for his brilliant work with Peter Tosh. Together, they toured extensively and globally with Joe Higgs, Dennis Brown, Micheal Rose, the Mighty Diamonds, Andrew Tosh, Mikey Dread and Scientist to name but a few.

Odel Johnson shares his cultural home of St. Ann’s parish with the likes of Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley and Burning Spear, all of whom have served as sources of great inspiration for this self taught drummer and songwriter.

The rhythmic journey began early for Odel, who started playing traditional Jamaican hand-drums for his family at the youthful age of seven. Odel’s prodigious persistence on the kette drum in conjunction with his singing, poetry and story-telling in school lead an Elder (that most people in Tabernacle knew as Mass Grampa) to gift the young drummer with a handmade snare drum. From then on, there was no stopping him on the musical mission to “freementality.”

In the drummie’s seat for several years as part of the post-Tosh Fully Fullwood band, Odel learned a lot from this group that has backed some of reggae’s most popular artists including Peter Tosh as the Word Sound Power band (which at that time had Santa Davis on drums.) The artist performed in countless sessions and played on many of Scientist’s engineered stages–from this he learned the “science” that creates this new treatment to the time-honored tradition of the live-off-the-floor-recording technique.

At the young age of just 24 Odel would receive his first Juno for playing on, singing touring and helping to write Messenjah’s award-winning album Catch The Vibe. As well as recording and touring with the Reggae Cowboys, Odel continued on the journey to freementality by emigrating to Los Angeles to join Fully Fullwood, the famous bass player best-known for his brilliant work with Peter Tosh. Together, they toured extensively and globally with Joe Higgs, Dennis Brown, Micheal Rose, the Mighty Diamonds, Andrew Tosh, Mikey Dread and Scientist to name but a few.