Adamant about being faithful to his Rastafarian faith, Devon St. Patrick Hoggarth, stage name ‘Elijah Prophet’, is focus on keeping the authentic message of love, truth and unity in Reggae music. Born in Jamaica in 1973 and a son of the forested parish of Westmoreland, he learnt valuable lessons from nature and attunes with the positive, conscious, benevolent self.
Starting his quest on becoming the profound artist he has become, Elijah Prophet surrounded himself with other great names such as Garnet Silk and Uton Green. This was in 1991, he recalls the time, “I used to Dj (under the name Devon Hardware) on sound systems at times and my brethrens (Garnet and Uton) use to give support and advice”, he added, “Bwoy, I miss Garnet”. Gradually, his craft and reputation improved and his goals were set higher.
His debut as a singer came in 1994 via a talent show called Courtney Coles Roof Talent Show staged in Mandeville, Manchester a neighboring parish. The audience and promoter became astounded with his prolific messages and energy that he became a staple at the show every year and his future was set for success.
The year 1996 became a defining moment; the name ‘Elijah Prophet’ replaced the name ‘Devon Hardware’. The concept was introduced by Homer Harris, artist development consultant, Jennifer Barrett, singer and Everton ‘Caveman’ Moore, producer. With his new messianic persona, the stage was set for the most important milestone in his career the meeting of acclaimed producer Jimmy Hinds. It happened at a talent show called ‘Stone Love Talent search’ where Mr. Hinds was a judge. Elijah Prophet won that competition. Subsequently, the inspired team produced songs like ‘Mankind’ and ‘Mr. Bad mind’. Other producers became interested in his talent and resulted in recordings with ‘Lady Fabulous Promotions’ doing ‘Can See Dem’ a collaboration with Dj Major P which became number one in Canada and ‘Burn It Down’. Mileage from the success contributed to his winner the Tameka Awards. Other recordings include Chris Records, Irie Vibration (Austria) and Pow Pow Records (Germany).
Unlike many other Jamaican artists during the early 2000’s, Elijah Prophet embarked on developing an overseas fan base especially in the UK, Germany and Italy as the local market was skewing towards the Dancehall genre. “I was looking at this it a long term perspective”, he says, “Building an international career is creating a foundation for widening the impact and appeal for my message”. His international thrust paid off in tours to the UK, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Austria. He made appearances at festivals like Reggae Jam, Reggae in Wolf and Summer Jam in Germany, while doing exclusive shows in Italy, France, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Austria and Sweden. A series of other recordings occurred during 2008 under labels such as True Muzik with songs like ‘Smile Jamaica’, ‘Rainy Night in Summer’, Irie Vibration label with ‘Piece of Ganja’ and ‘Prove Me Guilty’, also Pow Pow label doing one of most popular ‘King of Kings’. His most memorable moment on tour was while performing in Hamm, Germany and the audience took the song from him, Elijah Prophet describes the moment, “They sang every word, line by line and made it their own”.
He focuses now on reshaping his career by coming back after a one (1) year break due to family commitment. The goal is to build a solid local fan base in Jamaica to contribute to the preservation of the reggae genre and to relate again to his country- men. His eyes are set on doing a few collaborations with known acts such as Ken Booth, Pat Kelly, Tony Rebel, Fantan Mojah, Sizzla and Romain Virgo namely. In addition, his thrust includes the chance to work with renowned producer ‘Dr. Dre’ from the USA, “I think that would help to top it, giving me the platform to venture into the US market and the Caribbean,” he said laughing.
His latest single was released in Jamaica in 2013, a song called, “My Woman Left Me” produced by DJ Smurf under the Smurf Music label. The song got reasonable air play both on radio and television.