Seasoned film and hip hop music producer Rel!g!on (aka Hayden Baptiste) adds another title to his resume with the launch of his record label, Wandering Worx Music. The label is the music division of Wandering Worx Entertainment, also home to an award-winning film production company.
Since its official launch in early October, the label quickly announced the addition of two hip hop veterans to the Wandering Worx Music family – Jasiri X and Planet Asia – with albums scheduled for release in early 2011. The company’s first album release, Rel!g!on’s own Revelationz 1, features the legendary Chuck D, Grammy nominated Planet Asia, west coast favourite Moka Only and more. Wandering Worx Films produced the video for his album’s first single – Lucid – featuring Moka Only and E.D.G.E., now in rotation on Much Music.
“Rel!g!on’s debut on the label has already drawn notable attention to what we hope will be a strong new force in hip hop,” says Wandering Worx Music partner Rodney Davidson. “He’s been practicing his craft and working with some of the biggest names in the industry for a long time now. I’m honoured to work with someone so hardworking and passionate about breathing new life into the music industry.”
An Ottawa, Ontario native, Rel!g!on grew up influenced by his father’s musical talents, including live instruments and vocals, in addition to an extensive record collection, which are all evident in his unique production style. At a young age, he started experimenting with keyboards, organs and a Casio SK 1, and often demonstrated his skills with entertaining tracks for his high school classmates. His years of practice and dedication have resulted in collaborations with big name hip hop artists from Vancouver to New York, and his new record label, Wandering Worx Music, opens the door for more opportunities for creative development.