About Hope Massive
MTN. City, TN
For the last four years Hope Massive has been touring up and down the East Coast USA to Japan and back. Hope Massive has worked as supporting artist for such groups as Midnite, The Wailers, Damien Marley, Gregory Isaacs, Groundation, Toubab Krewe, The Gin Blossoms, Pato Banton, The Spam Allstars, Morgan Heritage, The Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, Israel Vibrations, Culture, Beres Hammond, The Mediations, Eek-a-Mouse, The Itals and blues legend Etta Baker. Hope Massive has performed at such festivals as Floyd Fest, The Asheville Music Jamboree (AM Jam), The Appalachian State University Jazz Festival, Hurricane Katrina Red-Cross Relief, Junaleska African Heritage Festival, Raleigh Downtown Live, Ziggy's Downtown Live and Camp Reggae.
Formed in 2004, the international roots group Hope Massive is a rare blessing of roots and vintage dancehall music. Priding themselves on positive forward movement; rather than competition and instant success, a new foundation has been created between the five-piece band assembled from the areas most humble and respected musicians. Just like there music, Hope Massive demonstrates there ability to maintain positivity while mashing up the dance floor; delivering beautiful melodies, luscious harmonies and explosive lead lines to create a unique and original sound. The intensity of the rhythm section creates evocative grooves that cannot be denied by young-old, black-white, red-yellow, poor or wealthy. People music for the People.
Hope Massive's creation was a true blessing, with members originating throughout the nation. Adding colorful personalities across the spectrum; they collectively linked up inna the mountains of Boone, NC, while attending Appalachian State University. Each member was involved with respectable music projects of there own even before the formation of Hope Massive that still exist to this day. With the common goal of Highya Meditation and making powerful music to influence the people through mind, body, and soul Hope Massive was born.
Combining reggae, current and ancient events, vintage dancehall, rock, Latin jazz and other world music, Hope Massive has created a formula for a promising yet challenging mission...to make the people think, dance and feel through there music. Originality, humbleness, and hard-work are crucial in the development of Hope Massive's music, vision, and longevity.
"Hope Massive has some of the best roots reggae sounds I've ever heard growing out of Western North Carolina." - Martin Anderson, WNCW-FM, Music Director, 2008
HOME GROWN MUSIC NETWORK: SHOW REVIEW - ASHEVILLE MUSIC JAMBOREE - JUNE 1-3, 2007 "Hope Massive brings the positive life force with those tight reggae & hip hop beats." - Lori McKinney
Mountain Xpress, Jan. 2007 "The immensely danceable, soul-stirring Hope Massive blends roots and dancehall, reggae and world music to create a groovy feel-good whole. While each of the five members boasts an impressive musical resume, it's their collective creation that's forged this new rhythmic musical consciousness."
Encore, May 2006 "Their songs are strong both lyrically and musically, bolstered by perfect timing and poignant messages... Check out Hope Massive for a show that's full of massive talent and energy." - Francesca Soroka
The Mountain Times, Dec. 22, 2005 "The band mixes elements of traditional reggae like the dance hall shout out, trumpet flourishes and long snaky bass lines with newer styles like progressive rock and modern ska. It is a mix that is at once infectious and soothing, with a sound that gets people out of their chairs in a hurry. Hope Massive is currently riding a wave of success that could explode into national recognition sooner than later." - Jeff Eason
The Appalachian, November 20, 2005 "The group, which is widely considered the areas best reggae band, also features one of the areas most talented drummers in Nick Hope. The band has been together for a year and a half, and they pride themselves on making revolutionary music that incorporates different styles into reggae."
Mountain Times, March 24, 2005 "Hope Massive, featuring one of Boones best drummers Nick Hope, is a soulful blend of world-beat rhythms [Reggae] and technically proficient jazz grooves."
The Village Idiot, Jan. 2005 In a world of posers and busters, its nice to see some real musicians with real talent all members of Hope Massive possess skill and ability far above the current standards. Even if Reggae isn't your thing, at a Hope Massive show, you will not be able stop yourself from getting out of your seat and dancing.