Caribbean Pulse was founded by guitarist William Smith in L.A. in August 1999; the group's other members have included Ezzy Judah (lead vocals, percussion), LaNiece McKay (lead vocals), Jason "Bassy Jay" Smith (bass) and Gilbert Smith (keyboards). McKay, who is from the L.A. suburb of Pasadena, is the only U.S.-born member; the others are originally from Belize. Caribbean Pulse is very much a family affair; William and Jason are brothers, and Gilbert is their cousin. While William is the official leader, Judah has written many of Caribbean Pulse's lyrics -- and those lyrics often reflect his Rastafarian beliefs. Caribbean Pulse is not the first reggae group that Judah has belonged to; in the ‘80s, Judah was with a band called Baniki Bandula. That outfit recorded a single titled "Come Together Jah People," and the band opened for Soul Godfather James Brown, as well as major reggae stars like Freddie McGregor, Burning Spear, Peter Broggs, and Gregory Isaacs). Judah has lived in L.A. since 1984.
Caribbean Pulse is a totally self-contained although the group has used a variety of guest musicians on its albums. The first was Unity, which came out in Jamaica in 2000 and earned Caribbean Pulse an enthusiastic following in that country. The album's best-known track is "Dry Your Eyes," which was released as a single and became a major hit on Jamaican radio. Unity (released on the Mysislin label) and the "Dry Your Eyes" single also fared well in the UK, which is the world's second largest market for reggae. (Jamaica, of course, is the largest). Unity was followed by Stand Up, which contained the Jamaican radio hit "Mr. Man" and "Jah Is My Rock" featuring Bob's Marley son Damian "Jr Gong " Marley topped out at #4 in the book of music the "BillBoard" Charts in which now the group is a main stay in the reggae community.In 2003, the Los Angeles-based Irie Records released Stand Up in the United States.