Miss Pat Chin – My Reggae Music Journey
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Jamaican American Miss Patricia Chin has published her seminal autobiography of her musical journey through the evolution of Reggae music and beyond. Her memoir “Miss Pat Chin – My Reggae Music Journey” includes quotes and recollections from such luminaries as the former Jamaican Prime Minister, the late Edward Seaga, Chris Blackwell, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Marcia Griffiths and the late producer Bunny ” Striker “Lee among others. Featured with many never-before-seen artist and family photos and original artwork by the late Michael Thompson and Maria Papaefstathiou, the book’s designer.
“My reggae music journey” covers six decades of musical history, the rise and development of Randy’s Record Mart, the famous music store and recording studio in downtown Kingston, Jamaica, founded with her late husband Vincent ‘Randy ‘Chin in 1958, with the family migrating to New York City, where in the late 1970s, VP Record Distributors was established. The book shares personal insights into the booming Jamaican music industry and nuggets of business and life wisdom. Over decades of transition, Miss Pat has triumphed over adversity, both personally and professionally. My reggae music journey testifies to the indelible spirit that is Patricia Chin.
“Randy was the first person to put something in place for people to survive, so they were the best in the record business. They were simply the best, and Miss Pat was the masterminds. “- Lee” Scratch “Perry
Patricia “Miss Pat” Chin is the dynamic force behind VP Records, the world’s largest reggae music label, a person of unparalleled energy and enthusiasm. She is a mother of four, a grandmother of 12 and a great-grandmother of three. At a time when the world celebrates women, the story of Miss Pat – who is Chinese-Jamaican and Indian – inspires women around the world, music lovers, culture seekers, entrepreneurs and business leaders.
In addition to self-publishing her autobiography, she has overseen the development of an accompanying audio product, slated for release in spring 2021. Over the past few years, she has focused her passions on “giving back” , in collaboration with illustrator Michael Thompson (deceased), in the creation of the ephemeral exhibition entitled “A Reggae Music Journey“, on the history of reggae, in cooperation with VP Records.
VP Records, based in Jamaica, Queens NY, is a major pioneering force in the reggae music industry. Home to global superstars such as Sean Paul, Elephant Man, Beres Hammond, Tanya Stephens, Lady Saw, Gyptian, I-Wayne, Morgan Heritage, Mavado and others, VP is the only label that represents the full spectrum of music. Caribbean from roots & culture to soca and dancehall. In 2021, VP Records is at the heart of Jamaican reggae and a major force in the dissemination of reggae music around the world.
It all started over 50 years ago with reggae pioneers Vincent Chin and his wife Patricia (their initials leading to the name “VP”) in their hometown of Kingston, Jamaica. Mr. Chin got his first glimpse of the music industry by keeping jukeboxes in bars across the island. This led his creative and enterprising spirit to recognize the opportunity to sell old records that would otherwise be discarded for new ones. The entrepreneurial couple quickly became familiar with the music business.
In 1958, the success of the Chin’s jukebox record company led to the opening of an iconic retail store at 17 N. Parade, Randy’s Records in downtown Kingston. Within a few years, the Chins opened Studio 17, a production facility frequented by legendary artists Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaacs and others. In the mid-1970s, the Chinas moved to America and brought their business with them to serve the growing Caribbean market in the United States.
In 1979, Jamaica Queens, NY became the home of Vincent and Pat Chin’s American retail store, VP Records. From the start, the couple quickly became major producers and wholesale distributors of reggae, establishing supply lines for record stores across North America. During these years they got the right to their slogan “Miles Ahead in Reggae Music”, as they became the world’s leading distributor of music from Jamaica and other Caribbean islands.
In 2021, VP Records releases an average of 60 albums a year and the company is known for featuring the hottest artists and the most recent compilations. The Reggae Gold The series has been the best-selling and most popular compilation year after year, producing hits.
VP is not only responsible for the sounds of modern times, but has recently been dedicated to bringing some of the most classic reggae tracks of the past to life. Launched in 2007 by VP Records, the 17 North Parade imprint pays homage to the historic location of Randy’s Record Mart, the premier recording studio and record store in Kingston, and the mecca of reggae music between the late 1980s. 60s and 70s.
Staying true to its roots, VP Records remains a crucial link between reggae music and culture and an ever growing market of reggae fans across the world. After 40 years in the United States, the Chin family look to the future with confidence, knowing that they have built a business ready to take Caribbean culture to the top.