Born and raised on the beautiful island of Anguilla, Omari Banks found his musical calling at a young age when he first took the stage in Milan, Italy to sing alongside his father Bankie Banx . The emotions conveyed through music touched his heart and a star was born.
Founding his inspiration through an eclectic genre of music, Omari went on to perfect his craft by writing and becoming a proficient guitar player. The budding star went on to win multiple talent shows but as a teenager turned his attention to the sport of Cricket, where he excelled first locally, then regionally and ultimately on the world stage. In 2003, Omari Banks became the first Anguillan to play test cricket for the West Indies. He went to travel the world for twelve years as a professional athlete, but despite his success in sports, Omari never lost his passion for music. He became renowned for traveling with his guitar and giving impromptu performances; even as he focused on cricket. In 2010, Omari made the decision to move on and pursue his passion for music. With a lifetime of experiences and life lessons, he immersed himself in songwriting and perfecting his musicianship. He dedicated himself to his music and created his debut album, “Move On”recorded in Kingston, Jamaica and Houston, Texas. The album was very well received as a mélange of his musical influences, and can be effectively described as a“contribution to a legacy his dad, Bankie Banx started in the early 70s.” Armed with his guitar Omari aims and strives to bring his words to life.
With a simple musical mission, to spread messages of love and consciousness, his assimilation of traditional Jamaican Reggae music, accentuated with Rock and Blues backbeats, is an adult contemporary fusion that blends seamlessly with Lovers Rock and R ‘n’ B. Omari released his “Move On Deluxe Edition” with added new music and a compilation of music videos in this set with the hopes of reaching a bigger audience through a more global approach. The lead single No Point To Prove featuring Peetah Morgan (Morgan Heritage fame), made serious inroads in his native Caribbean Islands and across the US, UK, and Europe. Omari supported the release with a series of electrifying live performances as he continued to spread his message all across the world.
Fall 2015 saw Omari Banks embark on a European tour as part of Grammy winning reggae band Morgan Heritage “Strictly Roots” World tour. This gave Omari an opportunity to share his music with new fans, and to gain valuable insight from reggae’s veterans. In 2016 prominently featured in such periodicals as Forbes magazine, Omari delivered 2 strong lead singles “System Set” featuring reggae star Duane Stephenson, and “Naturally” produced by Omari himself and renowned veteran producer Clive Hunt. The hit singles were released to much acclaim from his anticipated unreleased 2017 album. The latter were paired with breathtaking visuals filmed in Jamaica and Italy.
This bold global approach is a testament to Omari’s drive and determination, despite the dawning of a musical journey that has only just begun.” I want to take my music to an international market because I have an opinion based on knowledge and information. I want to use the gifts I’ve been blessed with to have a positive influence on people. Being someone who has already traveled the world with sports, I’m able to have a broader perspective than a lot of other people. I can communicate to all levels of thinking from a child to an adult and my music is ageless and really touches lives because the stories are true and talk about what’s really going on.”- Omari
“At six foot five, dark and handsome, with long dreadlocks and a cool Caribbean style, you can’t help but be drawn to Omari Banks, His music is dynamic and has many influences.” – Huffington Post
“Omari Banks, who commanded the stage with a Jimi Hendrix-reminiscent presence. Rocking a multicolored “Rolling Stones” cut-off tee, a bandana, leather pants and his signature dreads, Omari showed, in the revered words of Big Freedia, “He did not come to play —He came to slay.” – BET
“… Omari Banks. With his dashing good looks, rockstar stage presence and impressive #singer #songwriter skills, the younger Banks is well poised to carry on his father’s legacy and take Anguillan reggae international.” -Forbes”Omari Banks sounds like a cross between Bob Marley and Bob Dylan”. – NYTimes.
“He’s got a voice as calming as chamomile and #charisma that bubbles like a champagne toast. He’s not just a dynamic performer, he writes and composes most of his own songs. Between his music and his magnetic mojo, one of #Anguilla’s most beloved talents has the makings of an international superstar”. -Vibe Magazine