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Edmond Montague Grant was born on March 5, 1948 in Plaisance, Guyana and is pop and reggae singer and musician. Grant's parents immigrated to London, England while he was still young. Grant then formed his first band, The Equals, in 1965.

Grant's musical style incorporated his Indo-Caribbean vocal style, with a mix of Jamaican reggae, traditional blues, rock and roll, and R&B. Grant's multicultural band landed their first hit in 1968, with “Baby, Come Back” and began to build up a local following on the club scene.

1970 saw Grant start his own record label, Torpedo, which focused on up and coming reggae artists. Meanwhile as The Equals were building momentum, Grant at the age of 23 suffered a heart attack and a collapsed lung due to the stress of his busy schedule. The impact on Grant's health drove him to part ways with the band and sell his record label while he recuperated. 1977 marked Grants comeback and his second solo album, “Message Man” on his new label, Ice Records. While the album was not a huge commercial success it put Grant back on the map as a performer. 1982 saw Grant land an international smash hit with “I Don't Wanna Dance,” which peaked at #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart. Grant followed up with “Electric Avenue,” which peaked at #2 on the U.S Singles Chart. Grant's new found success began to decline as the 1980s drew to a close; his last big hit of the 1980s was 1988's “Gimme Hope Jo'anna,” which was banned in South Africa during the apartheid regime due to its political nature.

As the 1990s ensued, the musical climate began to change with the onslaught of grunge music. Grant by this time had immigrated to Barbados and set up his own recording company, Ice Records and the Blue Wave studio. Grant began to focus on producing new artists and moved into the world of music publishing. As a music producer he has produced for Sting, Mick Jagger and Elvis Costello. Grant's latest solo album, “Reparation” arrived in 2006; he continues to work as a music producer and develops new artists and is a pioneer in the development of new sounds and styles of music, in addition to continuing to release his own music.

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