BASS player Delroy 'Worm' Nevin was leader of Blaze, resident band at the Disco Inferno nightclub in Montego Bay in 1992, when he first met Beenie Man, then one of the hottest dancehall acts.
The self-proclaimed 'Doctor' was in the house for a show and Blaze backed him.
"Wi didn't even rehearse an' it was magical," the lanky Nevin recalled. "After the show, him ask mi which artiste wi back an' I said none. Him sey 'from tonight, dis a my band'."
Blaze toured with Beenie Man for eight years, Nevin holding the post of musical director. This year, he also called the shots on Reggae Man, his first album.
The 15-song set is scheduled for release in January. On it, Nevin plays bass and sings.
Though most in music circles identify him with the bass, Nevin points out that his 'pipes' are not rusty.
"Mi can hold mi notes...mi can more than hold mi own," he said.
The lead track, Only You, is one of the songs on which he holds his own. He produced most of the cuts on Reggae Man, with others coming from Cell Block Records, Bear Fruit Records and Forever Records.
Reggae Man is not Nevin's first crack as a vocalist. In 1992, he co-produced a series of songs with Barry O'Hare at Grove Studios in St Ann, but those recordings were never released.
Sell Out, another track he did with singer Norris Man, was released in 1994. It is included on Reggae Man, so too Bring Back the Paradise, a collaboration with Beenie Man.
A self-taught musician, Nevin developed his skills as a member of the church band in John's Town, St Thomas, where he was born and raised.
He went the secular route in the mid-1980s, working the Montego Bay hotel circuit with the SAME band. He has also done stints in Japan, Montreal and Cancun before returning to 'MoBay' for what turned out to be career-changing gig at Disco Inferno.
In addition to Beenie Man, Nevin has toured with Sean Paul, Barrington Levy, and Winston McAnuff. Stepping out front with Reggae Man, he believes, is overdue.
"The time is now, I've been doing this for everybody, so why not me? There comes a time when you have to do it for yourself."