The Courage Band was formed in 1985 by bandleader Dwight Stewart in Harbour Island, Bahamas. The band was formed with members Chang Imlach (keyboards / vocals), David Kellogg (lead guitar), Danard Anderson (drums / percussion), and Jammie Cartwright (lead vocals / percussion).
The Courage Band's music is made up of many different musical styles combined artistically to create a unique and catchy sound. Their music is designed to stimulate people of all ages and transcend all boundaries. The message they convey through their music is to increase an awareness of social issues and spread positive vibes through fun-loving and exciting music. They play a mixture of original and cover songs influenced by Caribbean pop, Calypso, Dancehall, Junkanoo, Reggae, Soca, and U.S. pop styles.
The Courage Band puts on a show with youthful and diverse good looks. They love to perform and dance together on stage and it shows.
The Courage Band first started entertaining people at Georgia's Sports Bar, and later moved on to play the local Bahamian music scene at places such as Willie's Tavern, Vic-Hum Club, Seagrapes, and Gusty's, etc.
In 1995, the band ventured to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to commence a Midwest tour. They played the Minneapolis music scene performing at Glam Slam, the Fine Line Cafe, The Quest, Five Corners, The Cabooze, and other clubs throughout Chicago, Des Moines, Madeline Island, Madison, Appleton, Rockford, Hillsdale, and other cities. Everyone who heard the music became fans and all the clubs wanted them back.
Some of the band's highlights are opening up for Shela E, performing at a Bob Marley benefit concert in Iowa, becoming friends and jamming with Lenny Kravitz, Edwin McCain, Mick Jones, and playing for the BaHa Men concert and jamming with many other local artists. Courage Band was also the opening act at the Caribbean Music Expo held in Ocho Rios, Jamaica in March 2002; Toured Hawaii opening for Big Mountain in January 2003 and recorded and performed with Reggae Legend Beres Hammond in the summer of 2003.
In April 2001, at Curve Records recording studio in Minneapolis Minnesota. The Courage Band began working on their debut album Vitamin C. They combined their writing skills and talents to create a compilation of slamming dance rhythms, hip urban sounds, catchy chats, and emotionally charged lyrics. The album is packed with hit singles that will do well in Urban, Dancehall/Reggae, R&B, Rap, and Pop markets. Bahamas radio stations have been playing these songs with an explosive response from listeners and DJ's throughout the Islands.
Dwight Stewart was born and raised on Harbour Island, Bahamas. When he was younger, Dwight started playing guitar on hot summer days walking the streets of the island with friends. He was inspired to become a musician by other artists such as Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Baha Men, and local artist Rocky Sanders. Dwight plays bass with pumping reggae style that makes just about any body dance. His voice is sweet and soulful and as a leader he keeps the crowd entertained.
Jammie Cartwright was born in Nassau, Bahamas and raised on beautiful Harbour Island. Also known as Singer Mickey, he is a multi talented and inspirational vocal artist. Influenced by artists such as Michael Jackson, Boys to Men, Shaggy, Buju Banton, Shabba, Lenny Kravitz, Bob Marley, Garnet Silk, New Adition, New Kids on the Block, Jah Rule, Snoop Dogg, DMX, and many others. Jammie sings like no one else on Earth he will amaze you with his diverse styles of singing he is truly a man of a thousand voices.
Danard K. Anderson was born in the lovely Harbour Island. Schooled at Harbour Island All Age. At a young age he sang in the church choir and played trumpet in the school band. He began playing drums in the church under the guidance of Rocky Saundres and Uncle Sam Higgs, where he was tought the art of music. Danard is the energetic inspiration of the group and the PM of the Courage Band. Danard is a hi-energy electrifying drummer. He enjoys all kinds of sports and is very athletic.
Chang A Imlach was born in Nassau and later moved to Harbour Island. Chang started playing the piano at a early age, and joined the Courage band in its early days and is a talented song writer, arrainger, sound designer and technician specalizing in communications and business and information systems, he also co-engineered Vitamin C Courage band's debut album. Influenced by The T-Connection band, Jah Love band, Liberace, Elton John, Lionel Ritchie, Spider, Prince, Innocent, and many others.
David Kellogg is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been living part time in the Bahamas for 28 years. On guitar he has been lending his reggae rhythms and searing melodic leads to Courage band since its inception. His influences include North African, Caribbean, Classical Indian, Hip Hop, and Dance Music. His production influences range from Quincy Jones, Chris Blackwell, Bob Marley, Jimmy Jam, Prince, And Trevor Horn. Born to write and arrange pop music he produced Vitamin C mixing Courageís immense talent with classic musical hooks and an original hip sound.