Jamaican reggae/gospel artist George Nooks, who rose to prominence in the late 1970s partnering with Dennis Brown on hit songs “Money in my Pocket” and “How Could I Leave,” using the moniker Prince Mohamed, is making waves with his single “Ride Out Your Storm,” which has amassed more than 11 million views on Youtube.
“Honestly, I knew the song was popular,” Nooks told Caribbean Life over the weekend. “I got a lot of feedback after the video was released, but to say it blew my mind, when I saw the views it racked up, would be an understatement.
“I really love it, it felt great,” he added. “The song has a solid message that connected with fans. It is a huge encouragement for me to continue on this path.”
The song, a cover of Southern gospel singer Betty Jean Robinson, has found favor in both reggae and secular markets.
It finds Nooks singing about going through troubled times but standing with Jesus, who helps him “Ride out The Storm.”
“We are living in a broken world, and people want to be comforted.,” Nooks said. “While secular songs make you feel good, there is something to be said about gospel: It sends your direction to the one who controls all things and who is able to truly comfort us all. I think that’s why fans gravitate to it because at the end of the day, they are looking for real hope” he shared.”
The song which was included on the album “Ride Out Your Storm” reached Number 4 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, and Number 22 on the Gospel chart.
Among Nooks’s biggest hits are “Real Man,” which reached Number 55 on the Billboard R&B Singles Sales chart, and “Standing By,” which top reggae charts globally.
Talking about his latest project, the “Standing By” artist said, “My latest album ‘Through It All,” on the Tads Record label, was released October 2021, and among the popular tracks are ‘Just In Time’, ‘Where Do I Go,’ ‘Only Believe,’ ‘Prodigal Son’ and ‘Amazing Grace.’”