Dominic Balli brings his Caribbean inflected tones to the slums of Rio in his new video for "Favela."
Stepping onto the music scene nearly six years ago, reggae-infused pop/rock artist Dominic Balli hails from Oxnard, Calif. With influences ranging from Stevie Wonder to Bob Marley to Lauryn Hill, Ballis music is a combination of soulful melodies, gripping lyrics, and make you move grooves. His first independent release, Public Announcement (2008), sold more than 20,000 copies, landing Ballis debut effort among iTunes Top 30 Reggae Albums in 2008 and 2009. The project additionally produced a Top 30 Christian Hit Radio single with All We Need Is Love in 2010, while affording Balli the opportunity to perform alongside such top artists as Natasha Beddingfield, Jazon Mraz, Ziggy Marley, Hawk Nelson, Lecrae, Phil Wickham, and Toby Mac.
Ballis follow up album, American Dream, features multiple collaborations, including Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D on the title track as well as Nengo Vieira on Favela. Released July 26, 2011, American Dream debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart and No. 3 on the Billboard Current Contemporary Christian Albums chart. Additionally, it ranked No. 147 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, tracking albums across all genres. Critics have been singing its praises with JesusFreakHideout.com calling American Dream ...one of the best albums released so far in 2011... and AlphaOmegaNews.org giving it an A+.