Oliver Louis Gale, 23, is from the island of Barbados (home of Rihanna, Shontelle, Jaicko and Vita etc.). He’s a singer / songwriter and Dancehall / Hip-Hop artist going by the moniker Vizion. He is set to release his debut album "All Or Nothing" in the Autumn of 2010, with the first single "Stunnin'" due in March.
Having a Barbadian father and an English mother, he has an original look. His conscious mind, unique vocal style and delivery, have been the driving force behind his music which has become a fusion of R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae and Dancehall. His innate sense of social awareness and his appreciation of different genres of music allow him to explore various avenues in the music industry mixing an original blend of melody and lyrics.
Since returning to Barbados in 2009 from Bristol University in the UK, where he obtained an Honours degree in Business Management, Vizion has been working with local producers, including Hit Island Records, to compile a demo album of original work.
Vizion was greatly influenced at a very early age by The Jamaican Dance Hall genre including such artists as: Sean Paul, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer. In 2001, at the age of 14, Vizion began emulating the sounds of his favorite artists recording on his personal computer. These samples soon found their way to many of his friends and eventually to House Party DJ’s. In 2003, during his time at boarding school in Canada, Vizion began to explore his musical diversity and ventured into the genre of Rap / Hip Hop.
He soon realized that by fusing the two genres together he could create a unique sound which he is known for to date. On his return to Barbados in 2006 he was introduced to KB Sharp of Hit Island Records, a union which led to his first studio recording and Hit Song – “Girl I Need You” in 2007, produced by Hit Island Records. During his university years Vizion became involved with the underground Hip Hop circuit and continued his performances at clubs and bars around the UK, opening for artists such as Tinchy Stryder.
As a result of the success of his new Hit song, Vizion soon began performing in Barbados at some of the island’s most prestigious events: ‘Reggae on the Hill’ with the likes of: Buju Banton, Sizzla, Beres Hammond, ‘Reggae on the Beach’ with the likes of: Tessanne Chin, Baby Cham, Wayne Wonder, ‘The Kensington Oval’ with the likes of: Anthony B, Frankie Paul, Stephen Marley and at various local night clubs, in collaboration with other local artists.
During this time Vizion recorded and performed with a variety of regional artists including Ayana John, Roache Killa and Buggy. By the end of 2007 the video for “Girl I Need You” was released. The video was produced by Lucid Entertainment and co-produced and managed by Vizion himself.
In 2008, Vizion was nominated at the Barbados Music awards in three categories, including Best New artist and Best Reggae artist. With an Honours degree under his belt and with the evolution of himself as an artist underway, Vizion is working everyday on his musical development, and is determined to make his dream of becoming an internationally recognised recording artist come true.
"All or Nothing" the album in stores this autumn, the single "Stunnin’" out in March.