Described as the LEXICON of Reggae and Dancehall Music, when it comes to writing lyrics, this gifted lyrical genus, with a superb and fast talking unique style, his matchless storytelling abilities, combined with his powerful vocal delivery makes his music stand up to the harshest of critics. Cleve “Lt. Stitchie” Laing, enthroned and revered as the dancehall Governor, has been one of the genre’s most acclaimed icons, his energetic and mesmerizing live appearances, coupled with his message of Love, Peace and Righteousness, makes him one of the most sort after artiste in the Reggae Music Industry globally.
Conferred with an Honorary Doctorate Degree in 2012, the former high school teacher of Physical Education and Biology, who graduated from G.C.Foster College of Physical Education and Sport was destined to teach valuable lessons in the school of life. Though no longer functions in the formal setting of a High School, Lt. Stitchie has expanded his student population to include the globe and his serious messages of love through his music and literary skills from his autobiography, “The Power of Determination”, fully endorsed by his Spiritual Government’s manifesto, has gone viral to include his personal appearances on the Continents of North America, South America, Asia, Europe and Africa, with Australia only a step away from being explored and to experience the power in Lt. Stitchie’s music and message.
Lt. Stitchie is credited as an eloquent and didactic speaker, simultaneously, an avid student who is always on the learning curve in pursuit of knowledge. Consequently, his requests for speaking engagements, from motivational to guest speaker, are in very high demand.
Although not one to revel in awards and take any praise unto himself, nevertheless, the excellence of this living Reggae and Dancehall Icon, and Ambassador for Christ, has been recognized Nationally and Internationally since the release of his very first Album, “Wear Yu Size”, by various awarding bodies too numerous to start naming.
By becoming the very first Dancehall Artiste to be both signed to Atlantic Records and hitting the Billboard Charts, plus his ability to continuously raise the height of his career bar from then to present, has cemented Lt. Stitchie’s status as one of the greatest of all times who’s always on top of his game. His feature on LL Cool J’s Gold Album “14 Shots to the Dome” is another accolade to the Governor’s huge catalog and repertoire still growing with the sizzling hot powerful new release of “Masterclass”.
Totally purposed on the message in the music, the Governor, like the great Reggae Ambassadors before him, pursues his mandate with even a greater passion, uniqueness and unrelenting devotion, than in the days when he became king of the dancehall on Stereo One sound system as Lt. Stitchie, The Governor, where his lyrical prowess literally drove fear in the hearts of all his opponents.
Since his rise to fame in the late 1980’s, he has been touring extensively as a headliner at various Reggae Music Festivals and Concerts globally and this only intensified as he improves on his craft over the years.
This trendsetter, who is credited in the analogs of history of Reggae Music in Germany, as the first artiste to bring dancehall music to Germany, the Netherlands and Europe as a whole, who is inscribed on the pages of the Guinness Book of Records of who`s who in Reggae Music, and among his many accolades and achievements, was awarded Iconic Awards by
The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JARIA) and the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAMA), 2015 and 2018, respectively, for his outstanding continuous contribution to the development of Reggae and Dancehall Music globally.
The only Dancehall Artiste to date that have receive 14 #1 songs in one calendar year, he continues to set a blistering pace extremely hard to follow and simultaneously, reinforcing in Reggae and Dancehall Music fraternity, why there is only one
“Lt. Stitchie, THE GOVERNOR” with each Single and Album he releases and “MASTERCLASS” the 22nd album on his hit parade, is another testimony to this master piece of this truth.