Machel Montano (born 24 November 1974) is a Trinidadian soca singer, record producer and songwriter.
He is the front-man of the soca band The HD Family, and is noted for his high energy, fast-paced, and often unpredictable on-stage performances. During his career, which spans more than 30 years, he has recorded several songs alongside many of Caribbean music's most popular acts, such as Lerone Guy of St Anthony's College, Alison Hinds, Beenie Man, Calypso Rose, Burning Flames, Drupatee, Wyclef Jean, Canibus, Red Rat, Shaggy, Sparrow, Denise Belfon, Ken Marlon Charles (KMC), Destra, Walker Hornung, Vybz Kartel, Mohombi, G-Unit, Black Stalin, David Rudder, Buju Banton, Mr. Vegas, Doug E. Fresh, Pitbull, Busta Rhymes and many others. In 1987 he was the youngest finalist to ever win the Caribbean Song Festival. He now stands as one of the most well-known soca acts in the world, using his leverage as an artist able to sell out shows. Recently he has moved to the Los Angeles area and furthered his pursuit, saying: "I may not be the one to bring it forth, but in the meantime, I have a lot of work to do in order for something to happen." He is very well known in New York, where he has had sold out concerts in Madison Square Gardens many times over.
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- ^ "Machel Montano Heart & Soul - He opens up on children, women, life and music", Trinidad Express Newspapers, 2 March 2012.
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- ^ Bobie-lee Dixon, "Machel Montano Soca Monarch Artiste of the Week", Trinidad and Tobago Guardian Online, 11 January 2012.
- ^ New York Amsterdam News, Vol. 98, Issue 39, 20 September 2007, pp. 24-25.