Big Yard artist Christopher Martin unveiled a plaque for his Billboard Reggae Albums chart-topping sophomore album And Then, on Saturday, to the delight of his fans.
“Remember up a country when mi did a climb tree…now I’m climbing charts!!! God good eeh
“To everyone involved in this body of work I appreciate you all…big up @vprecords @bigrlivingston @kingyardmusic @mixedbykaml and all my peeps who stay at the studio and vibe with me til all hours a night!!! God bless all of u!!!! #AndThen #YoullNeverFind #BillBoard #CountryMan,” he added.
The 15-track album was released by VP Records on May 3, 2019 and debuted at No. 1 on the Reggae albums chart, after which it descended to 22 before rising back up the charts to No. 2 by the end of that month.
And Then’s songs were produced by various producers including Robert Livingston, Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown, Kingyard Productions, Fabrice “Frenchie” Allegre of Maximum Sound, White Gad Productions, and Jordan McClure’s Chimney Records.
The album tracks consisted of the songs Life, Come Back, Bun Fi Bun, Can’t Dweet Again, I’m About It, To Be With You, Still Got Feeling, Is It Love, True Love, Happy You’re Mine, Mirror Mirror, Don’t Tell, Tears In Her Eyes, I’m Tired and I Do It All.
Martin had also submitted And Then to the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for consideration for the prestigious Grammy Awards Best Reggae Album category.
Since he became a household name in 2005 after being crowned the Digicel Rising Stars competition winner at age 18, the Back Pasture native has released several hit songs including Big Deal, Cheaters Prayer, Fi Mi Fren, Dem, and Under The Influence, after joining Shaggy and Robert Livingston’s Big Yard label.
Martin, who signed with VP Records in 2013, saw his Steppin Razor EP going on to peak at number 15 in 2015, while his debut album Big Deal reached number three in 2017.
In the meantime, the St. Jago High School old boy is also celebrating the success of his new song You’ll Never Find which was released recently.
“Very happy with the first week results
“And lastly to the ones who said LOVE SONGS aren’t in right now…it’s a pleasure to prove you wrong…the people have proved u wrong
During an interview with DancehallMag last month, Martin described his team’s global market approach with You’ll Never Find.
“We had our Diaspora in mind and Jamaica in mind, something that would hit home with the masses,” he while when asked about the track. “We definitely wanted something weh can stand up on the world market and that’s why we love to say You’ll Never Find is something like world music.”
“So, it’s definitely coming from Jamaica and it is Jamaican but it can stand up wid dem out deh man. It was definitely intentional. There’s nothing wrong with competition, and if you want to compete on that level you have to try and be on that level.”