Webster James Linton
Webster James Linton, also known as “The Prince of UK Reggae Lovers Rock,” is a British singer/songwriter and backing vocalist with a gospel-trained voice and a heartfelt, soulful style. Born on March 28, 1995, he is the youngest of his five siblings.
Webster’s talent for singing was first noticed by his grandmother and mother, who were amazed by his ability to imitate the music and singing style of Aretha Franklin and Bobby Womack. After taking a break from music in 2018 due to health complications and university studies, Webster returned to the scene in 2020 to sing and record British Reggae Lovers Rock.
Webster’s dynamic high tenor/falsetto voice carries the raspy clear tone and gospel soul of a bygone era. He is influenced by many artists, including Freddie Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Lou Rawls, Isley Brothers, Sam Cooke, Angie Stone, Aretha Franklin, Stephanie Mills, Prince, Luther Vandross, Isaac Hayes, Gladys Knight, Kofi (Brown Sugar), Winston Reedy, Peter Hunnigale, Paulette Tajah, Carrol Thompson, Vivian Jones, and Dennis Brown and Bobby Womack. One of his favorite groups of all time is “The Whispers”.
In addition to doing backing vocals for various artists, including Christine Joy White, Private Collection, Stormzy, and Jessie J in September 2020, Webster recorded a reggae gospel single titled “You Give Me Joy,” which was produced by Mafia and Fluxy. It earned a number 2 spot in the UK Reggae Gospel Charts and landed him the Premier Gospel Award for Best Newcomer 2021. Webster followed this up with another single in November 2020 titled “Bring It on Home to Me,” a cover of a soul classic written by Sam Cooke and sung in an authentic old-school Lovers Rock style. This song was produced by Gregory Fabolous (The Dread UK Productions) and also landed Webster in the USA American Reggae Charts at number 9 and in the UK Reggae Charts at number 9.
Webster has also recorded several other reggae covers and originals and has collaborated with numerous top international and national producers in the UK, USA, Japan, China, and Europe. He has toured and shared the stage with top Jamaican and American reggae and soul gospel artists such as Junior Tucker, Lieutenant Stitchie, Anthony Brightly (Black Slate Band), Claudia Fontaine, Carlene Davis, Kim Burrell, Donnie McLurkin, Meli’sa Morgan, Kirk Franklin, and many more
In 2022, Webster released several singles, including “Lovers Tonight” (Digital English Productions), “Trying to Turn Me On” (a cover by Johnny Osbourne, produced by Webster James Linton, mixed, and mastered by Bonita Star), and “Save Us Jah” (Homefront Productions). He also has an EP with Magnet Records and an album with Digitec Productions on the horizon. Additionally, Webster recently released a single called “Natural High,” a tribute to Claudia Fontaine, someone he had the privilege to work very closely with.