Earlan Bartley, otherwise known as Alkaline, was born on December 19, 1993. He is a Jamaican dancehall reggae artist. He’s known for hits like ‘Fleek,’ ‘Things Take Time,’ ‘Champion Boy,’ ‘ATM,’ and ‘Ride On Me (Remix ).’ “New Level Unlocked,” his first studio album, was released by D.J. Frass Records in 2016. It was the first dancehall album to reach the top spot on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart in five years. On Billboard’s 2016 list of the top reggae albums, it reached number three. He received a MOBO Award nomination in the same year for best reggae act. In 2017, Alkaline issued 15 brand-new singles. Celebrate with him on his special day!
Alkaline, Young Lawd
December 19, 1993
Earlan Bartley was born on December 19, 1993, at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital located in Kingston. He attended Ardenne High School and then went to the University of the West Indies to study media and communication. He first developed a passion for music while he was a senior in high school. He then started working with Notnice Records and UIM Records and rose to fame in Jamaica with a string of singles including ‘123,’ ‘High Suh,’ ‘Bruk Out,’ ‘Things Mi Love,’ and ‘Live Life.’ However, his most well-known single was ‘Move Mountains.’
While steadily working on his first album “New Level Unlocked,” Bartley pushed himself into the international market in the middle of 2015 with his hit singles ‘On Fleek (Love Yuh Everything)’ and ‘Ride on Me (Remix)’ which featured Sean Kingston. He became the first dancehall D.J. to have a number-one album on the charts in five years when the album “New Level Unlocked” came out on March 25, 2016. It went on to top the Billboard Reggae Charts and remained at the top for 18 weeks.
In 2016 he got his second nomination for a MOBO Award, also for Best Reggae Act. The ‘iFruit Radio’ soundtrack from Grand Theft Auto V included his 2019 single ‘With the Thing’ in early December. Bartley debuted his second studio album, “Top Prize,” on February 12, 2021. At the Miramar Regional Amphitheater in Miami, Florida, on March 27, 2022, he performed as the headlining act at the third New Rules Festival, which also included performances by Mavado, Kranium, and Wayne Wonder. In Paris, France on June 22, 2022, fashion designer Matthew M. Williams’ Givenchy Men’s Spring Summer 2023 RTW Show featured his music.
After publishing the song ‘Move Mountains,' Bartley becomes famous.
His "New Level Unlocked" album is released.
Bartley’s debut album appears on Billboard 200 for 18 weeks.
He receives a second nomination in the Best Reggae Act category.
His song 'Champion Boy' is featured in a ‘Red Stripe’ Premier League ad campaign.
At the Givenchy Men's Spring, Summer 2023 RTW Show in Paris, France, his song is played.
Why We Love Alkaline
He is talented
Bartley has been dropping quality music for his fans to enjoy. His projects consistently rank on Billboard charts which makes him stay relevant.
He is an inspiration
Being such a great performer, Bartley has shown that dancehall music is a viable option for everyone who wants to pursue it. The reggae artist knows what he wants and goes for it!
He is a trendsetter
Bartley is known for his influence on the young generation with his music and style. Although he has gotten into a bit of trouble because of it, he can be a great musical influence.
5 Surprising Facts
He was arrested
Bartley was arrested by the police because he was suspected of being involved in Rohqn Morris's demise.
He admires Martin Luther King Jr
Bartley has cited Martin Luther King Jr. as one of his influences.
He went to university
Bartley attended the University of the West Indies to study Media and Communication.
His sister suggested his stage name
His sister suggested the name 'Alkaline' and he went with it since it fit his artistry.
His mom was skeptical about music
Bartley’s mom was worried he wouldn't make it with music and she encouraged him to still pursue his studies.
Who is Alkaline's mother?
His mother’s name is Sharmain Bartley.
Are Alkaline’s eyes tattooed?
No, he wears eye contact lenses to have a dramatic look.
Does Alkaline bleach his skin?
He asserts that his prior management team promoted the move as a simple marketing gimmick.
Alkaline’s birthday dates