Crazy Life was recorded in a single cell in the Douglas Correctional Centre and was released on 13th December 2010; the same day that Larry was released from prison.
On World Aids Day in 2008, Larry Joe was performing at a government function in Douglas and met Aron Turest-Swartz, there with FreshlyGround, the well-known multi-award winning South African band that he co-founded in 2002. Impressed by Larry’s outstanding voice and the songs he had written behind bars, Aron approached Larry and the prison authorities and offered to work with him to develop his skills and produce a solo album.
Since handing himself in to the authorities in February 2008, Larry has composed over 40 original songs in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Spanish and Portuguese, collaborating with fellow inmates, as well as one of the wardens, who have helped him translate his songs. With the invaluable support and co-operation of the officials at the facility, Larry and Aron have been able to record an album in highly unusual and challenging circumstances.
Larry Joe is a living testimony of someone who has undergone a truly remarkable inner transformation with music being at the very core of this process.