Michael Prophet
w/Roland Burrell & Roots Covenant @ Music Box

Sergeant Pepper

Sergeant Pepper, born Garnett Cross, was born in London, England in 1965 and came from a deep-rooted and successful family of musicians.  As a young boy he instantly took an interest in the rhythm of reggae music.  Shortly after he found his way into drumming for the local church.  By 1981 in the Brixton area of London, Sergeant Pepper and his brother Victor Cross started to establish a name for themselves musically.

With the turn of the eighties, Mad Professor launched the Ariwa record label.   In search of talent, Mad Professor attended a stage show where he witnessed Sergeant Pepper’s dynamic performance.   He knew then that Sergeant Pepper would play a key role in the success of the Ariwa.  This gave Sergeant Pepper the platform he needed to arrange and produce himself.

With the harmonious sounds of Sergeant Pepper and the wizardry of Mad Professor they released their first single titled “Come Back Again”.  Pepper then joined the band Aquizim as a keyboardist and they released the songs “True True Loving” and “Time of My Life”.   Soon after his release of “Magnet” and “Time a Go Dread”, Sergeant Pepper’s first album “Judgement Day” was created.   Not long after the career of his sister Sandra Cross took off with her singles “I Adore You” and “Country Living” and with their group the Wild Bunch.  Sergeant Pepper then connected with Jah Shaka in 1985 to release the album “Jah Shaka meets Sgt. Pepper in Addis Ababa Studio’s”.  Sergeant Pepper then took over as keyboardist for the legendary Twinkle Brothers which allowed him to tour the globe and be amongst reggae music at it’s finest.  But as the music became digital, Pepper decided that a break was needed.

It wasn’t until 2015 that the call came from San Diego, California and the vibes became too much to contain.   After making the journey across the world he saw his fire and passion for music never declined and he knew the time is now to come back and deliver his style of music to the masses.  Pepper swiftly returned to the studio and with his new release of  “Jah Children” and his version of the Aquizim classic “Concrete Slave Ship”,  Sergeant Pepper’s time has now arrived to command his skills to the world and bring back the sound that has captured many reggae fans.