THE BIOGRAPHY
St. John in the US Virgin Islands is home to this unique sounding band. With over twenty-five years experience in the field of reggae music you'd probably ask yourself why you haven't heard of them before now. St. john is a tourist magnet in the Northeast Caribbean and work was never a problem. When they would visit there, Inner Visions would be a major highlight in their stay. Although Soca and Calypso music is the dominant art form, no stay was complete without an Inner Visions performance.
Photo by Naomi Baylarian

It was said to them over and over again that if they traveled they would blow up and become a household name! Well, It was not until 2001 did the band heed the call and did it's first official Stateside tour. It soon became evident to new fans that this band had something that had been missing in the field for years. Today they have a mystical mix of the young and the mature performing together to bring you a sound that touches people of all ages. The band is now joined by "Grasshopper's" two sons who has driven the band to heights previously unheard of. Their sound is a cultural journey through the the musical influences of yester-year! The band has been influenced by the who and who's in reggae. Burning Spear, Culture, Steel Pulse, Aswad, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jacob Miller, Dennis Brown, Beres Hammond (Today) and w/Zap Pow, Third World, Inner Circle, Freddie McGregor, Ernie Smith, Jimmy Cliff, Chalice, and oh so many more, helped shape the sound the band has presently.

Inner Visions is an Independant organization. It boasts two strong lead vocalist and a three part hamony that will soothe the savage beast in anyone. They do their own productions and spend quite a bit to ensure that they give their fans the best quality recordings possible.
If they show up to a gig late? Usually they had some sort of problem. This is a great record to have. "We hate being late" Says "Grasshopper," Our fans are worth the effort!" Usually they are quite early as they like to meet, and greet fans while they scout the neighborhood. They have traveled extensively now and the cry has been the same. "Where were you guys all this time? You are the Virgin Islands Best kept secret!" Well, they are a secret no more!!!

Inner Visions is:

Phillip “Grasshopper” Pickering…….......................….Guitar/Lead Vocals
Paul “Ras Paul” Samms…………………………………..Percussion/Lead Vocals
Alvin “Jupiter” Pickering…………………………………Bass/Drum Programs/Vocals
Akiba "Mr. Snooze" Pickering ..…………………………Keyboards
Aswad "Hollywood" Pickering…………………………….Drums

So, take the plunge, “ride the waves,” and be inspired. But most of all get ready to meet the most wonderful group of musicians to have surfaced in a very long time. “They are simply marvelous! They are filled with so much love, it’s contagious! They’ve got that “Inner Visions!”

Recent Memorable Events

Recent memorable gigs....................2002

Bunny Wailer / Inner Visions concert.............St. Thomas, VI
Wild Hare.............................................................Chicago, IL
Festival Arts and Ideas......................................New Haven, CT
Reggae Soltice.....................................................Norfork, VA
Springfest W/ George Clinton...........................Pensacola, FL
Tropical Heatwave..............................................Tampa FL
Afri / Ameri Festival...........................................Norfork VA


Recent memorable gigs.....................2003

Universal Studios...............................................Orlando, FL
Lobsterfest...........................................................Rockland, ME
Muzikfest..............................................................Bethlehem, PA
Bob Marley Festival tour headliner..................Houston / Dallas
California World Music Fest.............................Grass Valley, CA
Island Reggaefest................................................Kalamazoo, MI
Great Blue Heron Fest.........................................Sherman, NY
Leaf Festival.........................................................Ashville, NC
Clearwater's Hudson River revival....................Croton, NY
Solarfest.................................................................Poultney, VT
Double dimond......................................................Aspen, CO
Round Midnite.......................................................Boulder, CO

Recent Memorable gigs.......................2004

Higher Ground.......................................................Burlington, VT
University of Massachusetts..............................Amherst, MA
Middle East.............................................................Cambridge, MA
Atlantic Connection...............................................Martha's Vinyard
S.O.B.'s W / Culture................................................New York, NY
Pearl Street W/ Burning Spear...............................Northampton, MA
Mayor's Cup.............................................................Plattsburg, NY
Killie's Kafe...............................................................Washington, DC
The Chance Theater W/ Yellowman.....................Pougkeepsie, NY
Falkon Ridge Folk Festival......................................Hillsdale, NY
Adirondack Festival.................................................Lyonsdale, NY
Monterey Bay Reggaefest......................................Monterey, CA
Hot Tin Roof..............................................................Martha's Vinyard
Iron Horse Music Hall..............................................Northampton, MA
Becker College...........................................................Worcester, MA
Starlight Lounge W / Burning Spear......................Waitsfield, VT