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Reggae Artist (or Musician), Wayne "Daddy Roots" Alex Brooks, was born in 1977 in North Valley, Anguilla, B.W.I., the youngest of 17 children. He also performed under the name ZKingofhearts in 2005-2006.
Wayne Brooks started out at the age of 11 with the WILD OUTS as their singer and percussionist performing everywhere they can in their little island. The band was made up of teenagers ranging in ages from 11-13 and they were known for their highly energetic soca shows. He got the name Roots from his short dread hair
sticking out like little roots and his wanting to be called "Daddy".
Wayne later went on to form "RED", a reggae band, where the name was derived from his famous red cane held high as he came on stage and his voice commanding the attention of everyone. At this point, Wayne had incorporated some soca high
energy style with his cool reggae vibes and his live performances became the talk of the town. He started opening for bands like Tony Rebel, Freddie McGregor, Third World and Mutubaruka whenever they come to town and performing at the Moonsplash Reggae Festival hosted at the Dunes by Bankie Banx.
As RED disbanded Wayne started another band called Daddy Roots and The
Reggae Groovers and this band also became a success with tourists and locals alike who encouraged him to venture abroad. At this point it was time to travel
outside of Anguilla and with some contacts in the US Daddy Roots began his first US tour in 2002.
After the success of his 2002 tour, Daddy Roots started getting call backs from
promoters and venue owners and he repeated his first tour circuit and started adding colleges to his stops for 2003 and onwards. Since then he has the opportunity to perform outside of the USA at the PANAFEST in Africa, Europe, Asia and Canada.
He had worked with Karl Pitterson(USA), the famed producer for Steel Pulse(UK), Peter McEvilley(ABC TV music library, USA), Brian Bonwell (Adam Sandler Music, Hollywood), Neil Perch (Germany Zion Train) Connis Vanterpool (Berklee graduate-producer-SXM) and vocal coaches in St. Marteen, London and Los Angeles to
constantly update his craft. Studio work now takes up 75 % of his workload. Daddy Roots also organize and host the Daddy Roots & Pumphouse Music Festival raising scholarship funds for students pursuing music in Anguilla.
DaddyRoots is signed with Wright Records, Orange County, California
Kids Album about to be released Summer 2014
Cover Album (including High & Dry) TBA 2014
“Long Road”, a song for charity for children with disabilities
Hosting and Organizing Daddy Roots & Pumphouse Music Festival in
Anguilla, British West Indies Dec. 2014
Noteworthiness: Awards and Music Placements:
Nominated and won awards (Los Angeles Music Award, Hollywood Music and Media Award)
Major movie: "Just Go With It" - Adam Sandler, Jennifer Anniston
Major Movie: "Broken Flowers" - Bill Murray, Sharon Stone, Jessica Lange, Tilda Swindon, Cate Blanchett, Julia Defry
Independent Movie: "on Falling" by Peter McEvilley
TV shows: "Extreme Makeover", Lincoln Heights, Men in Trees, Fugitive
Games: Tap, Tap, Dance and Tap, Tap, Revenge
VoiceOver: Megtoys as Reggae Dude
CDs and Videos:
2002 Album Love and Honor - song Magar Goat placed in movie
2003 Album Are You Willing(Karl Pitterson) - song Sunshine nominated, song Weedy Wop won award
2004 music video Weedy Wop nominated by Australia MMA
2006 TEMPO music video - song Forever Mine
2008 song Make Love not War placed 2nd Australia MMA
2010 Album WHAT - song I need your Love nominated Hollywood HMMA
2013 single Radio Head Cover "High and Dry" - nominated Hollywood HMMA
Daddy Roots vocals are used by Magic Soul Orchestra for their song "Compressor" which is in the hottest iphone game "Tap, Tap, Dance" purchased and downloaded over 3,000,000 times world-wide.