Steven "Lenky" Marsden
Steven "Lenky" Marsden graduated from the college of life and went on to achieve what others in his craft had yet to do. With hit riddim Diwali he changed the face of Jamaican dancehall and sky rocketed dancehall DJ Sean Paul to #1 on the Billboard pop charts with the Lenky produced co-written hit "Get Busy". He also hit #2 and #11 with tracks from artists Lumidee and Wayne Wonder. He is the only producer to achieve this feat of several Top 20 hits on one riddim track. He has started a worldwide awareness of Jamaican dancehall and for Lenky, the journey is just beginning.
Steven "Lenky" Marsden has ushered in a new sound for Jamaican Dancehall and has influenced American pop music by refusing to conform to current musical trends. "I'm not the person who is going to make the beat of the day, that's not me," admits Lenky, "I am going to do something else, I am doing my thing."
He got his official start in the industry by playing the keyboards part time for Lloyd Parks and the We the People Band, a local institution in Jamaica who at the time was backing up the great Dennis Brown. Wanting to diversify his style he went to work in tourist resorts on the North Coast. Armed with three years of experiences playing jazz and Latin beats he gave up the by then monotonous lifestyle to return to Kingston to break into the dancehall industry. The year was 1992. He played with local teen heroes Blood Fire Posse and toured with Rita Marley. Then he got a permanent post with his former employer, Lloyd Parks, and stayed with the band for the next five years.
Despite all of this, Lenky was getting restless and decided to form his own band, the T3 Crew, however the crew was short lived and less than 2 years later, after having met dancehall legends Sly and Robbie, he earned a living as a studio musician -even arranging and playing keyboards on the local Bounty Killer hit, "Maniac". During these years as a struggling musician, he started to develop his unique and personal sound style.
His reputation then started to really heat up and he landed a job as keyboard player and arranger for the Til Shiloh band who backed up the dancehall heavyweight, Buju Banton. He toured the world with them and was exposed to music from varied cultures that he would eventually use to create his own personal musical style.
Once the Diwali Riddim album was released, he gained international recognition and the demand for his talents conflicted with his touring schedule. In early 2003 Lenky embarked on another phase in his career - producing, arranging and working in his own Area 39 Studios full time.
Lenky has completed remixes for the pop/rock group Smash Mouth, the R&B legends Isley Brothers, the superstar Christina Aguilera and many other high profile productions. His other dancehall credits include Elephant Man, Buju Banton, Tanto Metro & Devonte, and many more. His recent pop credits include Baha Men, Neneh Cherry & Wayne Wonder, Cam'Ron, Timbaland, Adrian Sherwood, and more.
Whatever projects Lenky undertakes will undoubtedly incorporate innovative elements that will bring even greater recognition to Jamaican music.
Lenky's accolades are too numerous to mention but the recent highlights include a nomination as Billboard Producer of the year along with Neptunes, R. Kelly and Timbaland. He is a recent winner of 2 ASCAP Pop Music Awards and a producer and writer on the Grammy Winning album "Dutty Rock by Sean Paul which spawned the #1 international smash "Get Busy" (Co-written and produced by Steven "Lenky" Marsden).
Currently Lenky can be found at his new studio Summit Heights in Kingston Jamaica with the likes of Daddy Yankee and Brick & Lace continuing to break new ground in Dancehall Music.