Big Mountain is one of the founding fathers of California reggae music. The band evolved from the mid-1980s from the band Rainbow Warriors in San Diego, California, into Big Mountain in 1991, with the line-up of Joaquin “Quino” McWhinney (vocals), James McWhinney (vocals), Jerome Cruz (guitar), Gregory Blakney and Lance Rhodes (drums), Manfred Reinke (keyboards), and Lynn Copeland (bass guitar).

The band first reached the charts with the song "Touch My Light" in the late spring of 1993, receiving major airplay on mainstream radio stations, such as B-100 and Q-106 in San Diego.

Upon the release of their album “Unity” the featured single of Peter Frampton’s "Baby, I Love Your Way" was included on the soundtrack for the film, Reality Bites, and peaked at number six in the Billboard Hot 100 and number two in the UK Singles Chart.

The follow-up, "Sweet Sensual Love" reached number fifty-one in the UK, and the album (with the line-up now featuring Jamaican guitarist Tony Chin and drummer Carlton "Santa" Davis) went on to sell over a million copies worldwide.

The band appeared at both the 1994 and 1995 Reggae Sunsplash festivals and continues to tour today.


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