A native son of Spanish Town, Jamaica, Royal Blu is a versatile singer, songwriter, and lyricist who’s been hailed as “one of Jamaica’s top artists to watch” by Complex. Blu, born Sean-Michael Francis, has amassed wide recognition for his skillful blend of reggae, hip-hop, dancehall, and R&B into his own seamless style. His impactful presence has landed coverage at Complex, Fader, and BBC1, among others. He has writing credits and a cameo on Protoje and Koffee’s “Switch it Up,” while his conscious verse on the anthem “5Gs,” with Kabaka Pyramid, Runkus, and Jesse Royal, has been heard on reggae radio rotations all over the world since its drop earlier in 2021.
Blu’s deep-rooted devotion to Jamaican music is evident in his delivery, while his eclectic love for artists such as Nas, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross seep deep into his genre-defying sound. Blu’s sound has led him all over the globe, including major European festivals such as Reggae Geel (Belgium), Reggae Jam (Germany), Rote Fabrik (Switzerland), and more. Coming off of his JLL-produced song “Style and Pattern,” Royal Blu has recently partnered with Easy Star Records to release a new project alongside producers The Autos. “Dancehall Session” is set to be released November 12th of this year.
About The Autos:
The Autos are not a band as much as they are a production environment. Led by former Tatanka lead singer/songwriter Ian Gastl. Ian is joined by Nick Wimer (Project 432, ghost.wav), Pancho Tranmer (Massif) and Taylor Kaufman (Massif). Embracing the collaboration culture of 1970’s Reggae, The Autos are constantly working with new players and artists to maintain a fresh sound.
The Autos got their name after Ian was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease and cancer. Since the diagnosis, the group has continued working through Ian’s treatments to create tracks like “Trespass,” featuring Elliot Martin of John Brown’s Body and “Boom Shakalok,” featuring Ruff Scott from Easy Star All-Stars. Now that Ian is healthy and in remission, The Autos have started backing artists at shows and festivals across the country (the most recent being the Four Corners Reggae Festival in Aztec, NM, alongside Bobby Hustle). The future looks bright for The Autos, who are set to release “Dancehall Session” in collaboration with Royal Blu on Easy Star Records November 12th.