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|Born||St. Andrew, Jamaica|
Gareth Shelton a.k.a Red Fox was born in St.Andrew, Jamaica. However, he was raised in St. Catherine between a small district in the country area and Portmore. Red Fox attented St. Catherine High school and concentrated his studies in the mechanical engineering field. While attending STCHS, Red Fox honed lyrical skills by performing at numerous concerts and parties held at different high schools as well as entertaining and impressing is friends and classmates with his flawless and creative lyrical delivery similar to that of his idol ” King Yellow Man.” However, prior to his graduation he migrated to the United States and resided in Brooklyn New York where he started his professional career recording for Peter Mckensie a veteran dancehall producer and owner of an independent label called FM Force.
It only took a few months for the Fox to make his Mark in the dancehall releasing songs like “Come Boogie Down” and one of his signature tunes “Down in Jamaica” which he featured “Naturally” his sound sysyem associate from the killing machine “LP International”. His brother-in-law at that time, “Stress Altimus” was very interested in the guidance of the up and coming star and made the link with a Disc Jockey known as “Sting International”.
Performing almost every other weekend at the famous Underground night Club hosted by Daved Levy,Fox began to cross over in a major way into the Hip Hop market. Red Fox and Sting began working with independent labels such as”Signet records”and “Tanya” Records where he made the classic “Pose Off in Yuh Pum Pum shorts” with dancehall genius Screechy Dan. Red Fox then helped to form the first dancehall group The”RUFF ENTRY Crew with other DJ’s like Bajja Jedd, Nikey Fungus,Mr. Easy, Rayvon,Screechy Dan and last but definately not the least, Mr. Lover Lover Boonbastic Shaggy. At a tender age, Red Fox was laying the blueprint for the foundation of future and current dancehall and reggae artist. He toured constantly and was a staple act at every major night club in the New York area including the legendary Act III, Underground, Bentley’s, Red Zone, Biltmore Ballroom, Q-Club and quite a few Latino clubs. In addition to performing at these legendary nightclubs, Red Fox was the most requested dancehall artist to perform at universities in New York and across the United States. His Ruff Entry Crew with the likes of Screechy Dan, Rayvon, Bajja Jedd, Nikey Fungus and Shaggy continued to rock the crowd with thier numerous hits and high-energetic gyrating performances.
It was only a matter of time before the majors became interested in the rising star. Joe Mignon a friend of Stress Altimus led Fox to booking Agent Erskine Issac who was working for “Famous Artist” agency. Erkine began managing the young dancehall star and booked him on shows with Shabba Ranks, Supercat, R & B and Hip Hop acts. Red Fox then teamed up with the legendary rap group Brand Nubien to record the “Black Starline” on there “In God We Trust” album, he was also featured on the smashing Calypso hit “Wine Yuh Body” with the king of Calypso himself Mr. Feeling Hot Hot Hot, Arrow. He then made History by being the first dancehall artist to perform on the Jay Leno show on National Broadcasting Corporation NBC with the legendary “Wailing Souls.” Red Fox finally had made an indelible mark not only for himself but also for the Ruff Entry Crew and for all future dancehall artiste by signing a lucrative deal with a major record label called Electra Records Warner Bros making him the first dancehall artist ever to be sign out of New York.
His debut album “As A Matter of Fox” helped to brigde the gap between Dancehall and Hip Hop featuring tracks like “Dem a Murderer” and “Getto Gospel.” DJ Premier, Dave Kelly, Bobby Digital, Mikey Bennett, Bobby Konders and of course Sting International help to create one of dancehalls masterpiece album. He then followed up with Face The Fox on VP Records. In 2005 Alicia Keys and Red Fox reggae remix duet of “If It Aint You” peaked 4 on the NY reggae singles charts in just six short weeks. Red Fox has released numerous hit singles on various independent labels such as ” MAD hOUSE” where he did “Bashment Party” with Ravon. It was ranked in the top dancehall charts and still a party favorite in the clubs today. Red Fox was then invited to tour with reggae superstar Maxi Priest. The unusuall chemistry worked magnificently taking them to places like Brazil, Japan, Singapore, Australia, the motherland Africa Europe and the list goes on. presently, the Fox has been venturing into the Rock and Roll market touring with a popular Swedish group known as the “Teady Bears.” So far they have made appearances on the Coachella festival in Palm Spring California and the Carson Daily show on NBC.
Red Fox has been hitting the streets hard with numerous singles on the “Big Yard” label as he once again team up with long time Ruff Entry members Shaggy and Screechy Dan doing the big Brooklyn remix with Morgan Heritage. Red Fox is currently working on his third album which he flosses his versatility and style with his powerful vocal delivery. His creativity, strong lyrical content and uplifting melodies will continue to groove the world. After such great accomplishments, Sir Gareth is a living legend. We look forward to hearing more great music from the Fox, as he’s truly becoming one of dancehall’s greatest reggae artists. Some people jus get better wid time and Red Fox is definately one a dem. Watch out people!