by Malini Bartels
If you haven’t heard the ultimate reggae experience to sweep the stages of Fort Collins, you need to make sure you get out more. Although fairly new to the local music docket, Carlton Pride and his fellow musicians he calls Mighty Zion, create a ritualistic performance that should be witnessed. Born in Denver, reggae artist Carlton Pride recently returned to the Rocky Mountain state for the thriving local music scene. As the son of Country Music legend, Charley Pride, Carlton embraces what it means to come from this lineage.
“Firstly, I’ve been blessed,” acknowledges Carlton. “My dad is priceless. I’ve embraced my dad in my music. I’m going everywhere I can go to spread the message of love.”
Carlton Pride lived in Texas before heading to Fort Collins. He saw the Austin music scene from the beginning and realized his fan base was growing outside of Texas. He sees the Northern Front Range as a beautiful place with a strong potential. His Wednesday night open mic funk jams at the Tap-n-Handle is one example of how Carlton is putting himself out there to create a budding fan base. He is also frequently asked to join elementary school students for some educational jam sessions.
When asked why he chose to perform and write reggae music, Carlton has the perfect answer.
“I was about 14-years-old when I first heard the song Roots Rock Reggae and I felt like I was in church,” says Carlton. “Nothing has ever touched me like that before. I felt like I was being touched by the Creator.”
Carlton has true appreciation for this city and all the people in it. Constantly thanking everyone that accepts him and helps him, his true gratitude for the outpouring of support he receives is genuine.
Carlton Pride writes and performs with every bone in his body. The supreme joy that resonates from his lyrics and voice make it crystal clear that this is his calling. He’s also one of the nicest guys in the business. A family man and a musician with heart – pride for who he is and what he does is just the beginning.