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Gentleman Musician
Gentleman
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Tilmann Otto a.k.a. Gentleman (2013)
Background information
Tilmann Otto
Born (1975-04-19) April 19, 1975 (age 43)
Osnabrck, Germany
Origin Cologne, Germany
Genres Reggae, roots reggae, dancehall, reggae fusion
1998-present
Labels Universal Music Group
Website www.journeytojah.com

Tilmann Otto (born April 19, 1975 in Osnabrck, Germany), better known by his stage name Gentleman, is a German reggae musician.

Personal life

Gentleman lives in the Neubrck area of Cologne.[1] He is the son of a Lutheran pastor. He is the father of two children, named Samuel and Tamica, and is married to Tamika, a background singer of the Far East Band, which has been supporting him since his first concert tour of Germany in 2002.

Gentleman at the 2011 Ilosaarirock festival.

Music

Gentleman has been travelling to Jamaica regularly since he was 18 years old.[1] His career began with the collaboration of the band Freundeskreis which produced the song "Tabula Rasa". After beginning his career as a deejay, he based his style to the classic form of the reggae genre like that of Bob Marley. He sings mainly in English or Jamaican Patois. With songs like "Send a Prayer", Gentleman expresses his deep belief in God. His album, Confidence, climbed to number 1 on the German album charts in 2004.

Gentleman was featured on the album True Love by Toots and the Maytals, which won the Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Reggae Album.[2] In 2005, Gentleman performed with Mamadee with the song "Lass los" representing North Rhine-Westphalia in the Bundesvision Song Contest 2005, placing 15th with 10 points.[3]

After ten years releasing music under the label Four Music he moved to Universal in 2010.[4]

Gentleman was chased off stage after the audience didn't want to hear him at the Sting 2003 festival in Jamaica.[5]

Gentleman at Chiemsee Reggae Summer 2013
Gentleman (2013)

Discography

Albums

Year Title Chart positions
GER
[6]
AUT
[7]
SWI
[8]
NED
[9]
FRA
[9]
POL
[10]
1999 Trodin On 59 - - - - -
2002 Journey to Jah 14 19 21 - - -
2003 Gentleman & The Far East Band Live 15 10 34 - - -
2004 Confidence 1 1 4 - - -
2007 Another Intensity 2 5 2 72 75 -
2010 Diversity 1 2 2 - 146 37
2011 Diversity Live - - - - - -
2012 Live Your Life (with Richie Stephens) - - - - - -
2013 New Day Dawn 6 10 8 - - -
2014 MTV Unplugged 8 14 14 - - -
2016 Conversations (with Ky-Mani Marley) 8 6 4 - - -
2017 The Selection 14 17 22 - - -

Singles

Year Title Chart positions
GER
[6]
AUT
[11]
SWI
[12]
1998 "Tabula Rasa" (feat. Freundeskreis & Mellowbag) 13 18 6
1998 "In the Heat of the Night"
Trodin On
- - -
1999 "Jah Jah Never Fail"
Trodin On
- - -
2002 "Leave Us Alone"
Journey to Jah
78 - -
2002 "Dem Gone"
Journey to Jah
81 - -
2003 "Runaway"
Journey to Jah
65 - -
2003 "Rainy Days" (feat. Tamika & Martin Jondo)
Gentleman & The Far East Band Live
88 - -
2003 "Widerstand" (feat. Curse) 45 - -
2004 "Superior"
Confidence
20 20 76
2005 "Isyankar" (feat. Mustafa Sandal) 6 11 4
2005 "Intoxication"
Confidence
33 58 -
2005 "Send a Prayer"
Confidence
75 - -
2006 "On We Go" / "Caan Hold Us Down"
Confidence & Soundtrack Hui Buh
58 48 76
2007 "Different Places"
Another Intensity
42 65 -
2007 "Serenity"
Another Intensity
81 - 88
2007 "Zeit zu verstehen (This Can't Be Everything)" (Azad feat. Gentleman)
Blockschrift
30 72 -
2008 "Soulfood" / "Lack of Love" (feat. Sizzla)
Another Intensity
- - -
2009 "Changes"
Diversity
- - -
2010 "It No Pretty"
Diversity
19 24 33
2010 "Roots to Grow" (Stefanie Heinzmann feat. Gentleman)
Roots to Grow
16 56 61
2010 "To the Top" (feat. Christopher Martin)
Diversity
13 51 23
2013 "You Remember"
New Day Dawn
19 24 33
2013 "Heart of a Rub-a-Dub"
New Day Dawn (deluxe)
77 - -
2016 "Ahnma" (Beginner feat. Gzuz and Gentleman) 8 55 65
2017 "Ovaload" (feat. Sean Paul) 78 - -
2017 "Shake Away" - - 71
2017 "Roots" (RAF Camora feat. Gentleman) 42 36 52
2017 "iD" (Michael Patrick Kelly feat. Gentleman) 57 - 60
2018 "Like a Lion" (Mark Forster feat. Gentleman) 38 - 64

EPs

  • 1999: Heat of the Night
  • 1999: Jah Jah Never Fail
  • 2002: Leave Us Alone
  • 2002: Dem Gone
  • 2003: Rainy Days
  • 2003: Runaway
  • 2004: Superior
  • 2005: Intoxication
  • 2005: Send a Prayer
  • 2006: On We Go / Caan Hold Us Down
  • 2007: Different Places
  • 2007: Serenity
  • 2008: Soulfood / Lack of Love
  • 2010: It No Pretty
  • 2010: To the Top
  • 2010: Lonely Days

DVDs

  • 2003: Gentleman & The Far East Band Live
  • 2011: Diversity Live

References

  1. ^ a b Kriesch, Adrian & Scholz, Jan-Philipp (2014) "German reggae in Africa, courtesy of Gentleman", Deutsche Welle, 26 February 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014
  2. ^ "Toots & the Maytals - True Love." Amazon. www.amazon.com. Web. <https://www.amazon.com/True-Love-Toots-Maytals/dp/B0001LUH56>. Retrieved 9 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Bundesvision Song Contest". fan-lexikon.de (in German). Retrieved 2015. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 4, 2010. Retrieved 2010. 
  5. ^ http://old.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20031229/ent/ent1.html
  6. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 20, 2007. Retrieved 2008. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Das sterreichische Hitparaden- und Musik-Portal". Austriancharts.at. Archived from the original on 2016-04-12. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hitparade.ch. Archived from the original on 2016-04-14. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ a b "Another Intensity by Gentleman - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzeda?y :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. 2016-03-24. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "Das sterreichische Hitparaden- und Musik-Portal". Austriancharts.at. Archived from the original on 2016-04-12. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hitparade.ch. Archived from the original on 2016-04-14. Retrieved . 

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