CARLTON PRIDE is the son of country music legend CHARLEY PRIDE. Carlton started his career in the music industry as a recording engineer and sound tech for his father and various other artists. In 1995, Carlton left from Dallas, TX to San Marcos to start his first reggae project: ONE. In 1996, the band changed their name to ZION, started playing the local circuit, and headlined the BOB MARLEY festival nationwide from 1996-2003 and continued to tour the U.S. In 2000, the band traveled to Jamaica to record the 'What You Need' album with RUFF STUFF RECORDS at Bob Marley's Studio in Kingston. The album was produced by CLIVE HUNT (Alpha Blondy, Peter Tosh, Culture) and featured Marley's horn section, along with appearances from the bands of BUNNY WAILER, CULTURE, BURNING SPEAR, and ALPHA BLONDY. The most impressive guest appearance was Carlton's father doing a father/son reggae duet of Charley's hit single: KISS AN ANGEL GOOD MORNING.
In October, 2006 the band revamped to include MARCO VALDEZ on bass, JOHNNY RADELAT on drums, NOEL VICKERS on saxophone, and DAVID "RUDEBOY" BOWMAN on the trombone. While the band calls San Marcos home, they continue to travel throughout the United States to deliver their sound!
Carlton was signed by EFM Records in 2011. (Motley Crue, Peter Chriss, Ace Frehley, No Doubt).
Carlton Pride and Mighty Zion's show is an upbeat form of reggae with a dash of funk, soul, jam-band, and rock and roll that keeps a crowd on their feet and dancing from beginning to end. The spirit-filled lyrics leave concert goers uplifted, energized, enlightened, and inspired.
Carlton has shared the stage with the Wailers, Black Uhuru, Yellowman, Culture, String Cheese Incident, and was the first reggae act to grace the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.
You can find Carlton Pride and Mighty Zion on FACEBOOK and at www.carltonpride.com