A clear, distinct and specific vision of the future, by definition, is Visionary.
Dubbed as “an artist to watch” Mr. Michael Thompson is otherwise known as Visionary. This multi-faceted artist is a: singer, songwriter, author and musician. His primary love has always been singing and as such has focused on his artistry as a Reggae artist, who has grown from his original background in Gospel and R&B music, having knowledge of these various types of music has given him the musical tools to cultivate his own unique vocal sound. Visionary’s musical prowess remains true to his name as he continues to receive clear, distinct, and specific insights for the future and presents them masterfully with his angelic voice.
Canada would be the next destination for the aspiring artist. Michael immigrated to Canada and continued his musical journey, inspired to greatness, writing and recording original music.isionary, is a native of St. Catherine, Jamaica hailing from the district of High Gate. He attended Edna Manley College for Visual & Performing Arts, where he earned a music scholarship to attend Temple University in the United States; during this time Visionary strength ended the technical aspect of his artistry by focusing on piano and vocal studies. Canada was the next destination for the aspiring artist’s rising career, where he immigrated in the 90’s to further his musical journey, continually writing and recording his original songs.
Visionary continues to write inspirational lyrics, sharing his melodious voice, uplifting listeners worldwide with conscious relevant music. The support of family and fans, as well as a strong management team, has brought Michael to where he is today, singer, songwriter, and author.
Musical Career and Achievements
2005 – “Look To The Hills” –EP
2007 – “Brace Yourself” – Album (prod. By WilliWilliams) 2007 – Crucible “Rising Star”Award
2008 – Song won Big Tune on Dudley Thompson What’s The Verdict Roots FMJamaica
2008 – 3 Nominations for Production (Canadian Reggae Music Awards) 2009 – 2 Nominations for Production (Canadian Reggae Music Awards)
2011 – Top Male Singer Award (Youth InProgress Talent AwardShowcase)
2011 – “The Hidden Agenda of Reggae Music” – Book published by MichaelThompson 2012 – Top Music Business Award (Reggae Xclusive Entertainment News)
2013 – Top Male Vocalist (Youth in Progress Talent AwardShowcase) 2014 – “Grassroots” – Official Studio One TributeAlbum
2014 – Top Reggae Artist Award (Reggae Xclusive Entertainment News)
2015 - Top Male Reggae Singer and Top International CD Release for "Grassroots" (Youth In Progress Talent Award Showcase).
2016- The Dennis Emmanuel Brown lifetime Achievement Award (7th Annual Youth in Progress Talent Award Showcase)
2016- Excellence in Reggae Music World Wide Award (7th Annual Youth in Progress Talent Award Showcase)
The 2007 debut album “Brace Yourself’, produced by Studio One legend, Willi Williams, was well received worldwide. Radio stations and press from Africa, the United States, and Canada helped to expand Visionary’s listening audience significantly.
In 2014, Vision for Life Productions released a fourteen (14) track Official Studio One Tribute album entitled “Grassroots”. . The “Grassroots” production team included 3-time Grammy award-winning Barry O'Hare, and producer Ernie of Reflex Studio. The album continued to be shared around the globe, and the great response called for Visionary to be invited back to England in 2015 to perform at ‘The Hootenanny’ one of Brixton’s most popular stages and the perfect opportunity to introduce a brand new single entitled, We Shall Rise. The track is another one of Visionary’s well thought-out, inspirational and uplifting pieces that has the ability to lift the spirits of anyone who is faced with downfall or depression - it was well received by the fans that had the first opportunity to hear the newly released single.
Visionary embarked on the first-leg of his Promotional tour in Europe 2014 and created a community of new and excited fans that readily embraced his style; the audiences were extremely impressed by the controlled vocal range of this talented artist. Visionary created a media frenzy after leaving the stage; a fan was overheard saying “He is like a breath of fresh air to the music industry.”Visionary’s live performances are unlike any other; his stage presence has been described by other fans as: “(Visionary) Leaves goose bumps all over the body” and “Where has he been all this time”? Visionary’s creative and energetic performances always leave his fans craving for more!
Visionary has entertained countless crowds of fans over the years in Guadeloupe, Antigua, Puerto Rico, and The United States. His journeys have opened up opportunities for him to perform at major cultural events. Canada’s top international Reggae festivals in Toronto, Montreal and Calgary, as well as Caribana, Jamaica Day, Miss Black Canada World, Miss Ghana, Miss Trinidad and Tobago, and the Canadian Reggae Music Awards. Some of the luminary artists Visionary has had the honour to share the stage with are: Maxi Priest, Beres Hammond, John Holt, Third World, Dobby Dobson, Prince Buster, Willi Williams, George Nooks, R&B crooner Regina Belle and Dorothy Moore.
Staying ahead of the curve and singing from a place of truth, passion and insight; it’s no wonder why the artist is called Visionary.