RECORDING ARTIST, SINGER, SONGWRITER, MUSICIAN
Errol (Skipah) Blackwood was born in the Accompong (Maroon) Hills of Jamaica. He moved to Toronto Canada at an early age where he learned to play the Bass Guitar. He played with several bands in Ontario doing a mixture of R&B, Rock and Funk. His love for music comes from a variety of sources, from the church of his father who was a pastor, the Nyahbingi Drummers, the School music drama concert and the Jukebox playing from Country to Rhythm n Blues.
In 1980, Errol formed the band Messenjah, along with Ray Ruddock and Rupert Harvey. They recorded two albums and a video under the WEA record label. Messenjah toured extensively for 6 years travelling across Canada and the U.S.A, the band regrouped in 1986. Highlights included sharing the stage with Hugh Masekela, The Clash, Frank Zappa, Reggae Sun-Splash, CBC TV Concert in the park, and Much Music cross Canada simulcast.
The current working band name is Errol Blackwood Injah Band.
Since 1990 Errol has been nominated in fifteen Canadian music awards, he has won eleven, including an award for Much Music best CD, Best Video, Toronto Music Awards, Best Toronto live band and Canadian Reggae Music Awards, Best Singer and Best CD
CANADIAN REGGAE MUSIC AWARDS/CRMA
2017: Conscious Kings Award Renaissance Entertainment
2003: Best CD of the year for his album, "Rastaman Say"
2003: CANADIAN INDIE MUSIC AWARDS "Rastaman Say" Nomination
1995: Top Reggae Singer Male
1993: Top Reggae Singer Male
1992: Top Reggae Video, "Un-foreign Dub"
1992: Top Reggae Singer Male
1992: Top Video: "Arrested" from the album "Warrior"
1992: Top Video: "Irie Dread" from the album "Warrior"
1993: Top Singer Male
1990: Top Album: Warrior
1990: Top reggae Singer Male
MUCH MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS
1992: Best Video, "Arrested," from the album "Warrior"
TORONTO MUSIC AWARDS
1988: Best Reggae Artist/Performer
CANADIAN ACADEMY OF RECORDING ARTS/JUNO AWARDS
1996: Nominee for CD: "Waking Up the Dream"
1987: Nominee for Album: "Shippah, Chant, Chant"
• Errol has worked with many musicians over the years, among them are
• The Cool Ruler, Gregory Isaacs who sang on a track titled
"GOT TO ROCK" from his first solo album "WARRIOR"
• Toured with Bob Marley's Wailers band, as lead singer
• Wrote and performed the theme song for Austrian Film Company - Visual Kings movie series titled, "Paradise Island"
• Errol sang the theme song for a CBS series titled "Sweating Bullets."
• Performed on the Canadian national children show titled: Romper Room