Bassie (Gregory Jackson) has rocked clubs, concert halls, and sold-out stadiums as touring bassist for multi-Grammy winning reggae legend, Burning Spear (a.k.a. Winston Rodney). He’s also written for everyone from Amy Winehouse (platinum album Frank? Yeah, his name’s on that) and Leela James to Simply Red and Snoop Dogg. And Source magazine nominated him for “Best Remix” for his work with Dead Prez featuring Jay-Z.
Bassie, hailing from Yorktown Heights, New York, owes his “bassic” prowess to the classical bass violin lessons he had as a wee one with Dr. Arthur Davis. After an childhood and adolescence of playing with national and international symphonies, Bassie studied went to university. And because he liked it so much, he went back for more university when he was done with the first one. Then he got what many parents and grandparents call a “real job.”
“The best thing I’d ever done for my career was making a list of things I would do if money weren’t a factor. Then I did them. It was scary to give up a ‘real job’ that paid the bills, but it’s also scary to not follow your dreams. I followed my dreams and I couldn’t have made a better decision.”