On April 15th, Everard Sealey came into the world, his home town boasts of splendid beaches and beautiful countryside. Mayaro is situated South-East of Trinidad and is where he spent the first 5 years of his life.
At 5yrs old, Everard left Mayaro along with his grandmother, brothers and sisters to settle in Prizgarland, Laventille where he went to school and grew up. He attended church regularly and was a part of Sunday school, his musical influences at that time was uplifting and motivational songs which unknowingly was the foundation for his music career.
On becoming an adult Everard met Carol, the girl of his dreams and got married, they had 2 children, at this time he resided in Chaguanas. He went on to become a business man opening his clothing store ‘Brands Galore’ that has now increased into a chain of 5 throughout Trinidad and Tobago. Other than the music he also enjoys the outdoors. Everard loves travelling, fishing, swimming, of course dancing and even laughing (Haa haa) and nothing can beat his love for singing and the music. As he often quotes, “Music is Universal”.
Everard who have been singing Calypso/Soca and Reggae in his early years was influenced by Calypso Icons such as; The Mighty Sparrow and Shadow even Machel Mantano. In the area of reggae he drew inspiration from Bob Marley. All this time Everard being friends, with Ken Marlon Charles a.k.a. KMC, often doing music with him which in turn helped him strengthen his craft, stage performance and over all persona. All this time he stood his ground and believed that the most high shall always be there for him and would see him through the many trials and tribulations he faced and would encounter in his life. His dream was to be an accomplished artiste and even become an ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago through his music, to achieve his goal Everard kept his faith strong and never gave up.
His break came in the year 2000, when he sang a soca track with one of Trinidad’s top artist/producer and friend KMC. The song “Know Me Now” was recorded on the Voodoo Riddim. He got the name ‘Pilot’ due to the fact that he often travelled because of his business. KMC saw that to be a fitting name and thus Everard was now known as ‘Pilot’.
The hit song was then released; ‘Hold That Man’ that was done on the Party Alliance Riddim which he imitated Shadow’s voice and fooled the world. This made Pilot a force to be reckoned with, making his mark as a performer by sharing the stage both locally and internationally by performing alongside other artiste such as Machel Montano, KMC, Bunji Garlin, Crazy, Maximus, Denise Belfon and on an international front, artiste such as Tanya Stephens, Richie Spice, Spana Bana, Rupee, Talprie, Silent Star, just naming a few.
In 2004, Pilot performed at the Elite Ark in Brooklyn New York for Brass and Glow fete alongside KMC, Denise Belfon, Rupee. He even performed at KC’s Hideaway in New York, with Bunji Garlin, Naya, Iwer George just naming a few.
Then in 2005, Pilot changed musically. He evolved as an artiste and went into a spiritual level, this lead him to conscious reggae. He even explains this change, he said, “Reggae music brings across a spiritual aspect to me which I really enjoy, whilst calypso touches the cultural side of things; but when I’m in a party mood, I love to hear my sweet sweet soca music”. Due to this he was to be known as Ras Pilot.
Also in 2005, he released his first album ‘Airborne’. This album could be described as Lovers Rock, Hard-core Conscious Reggae. ‘Airborne’, contained 20 tracks all written by Pilot, and was produced by Studio 53, Corosive Studio, Code Red Studio, Finland House, Holy House Production and Tuff Nut Studios. From this album he made 3 videos, ‘One Night Stand’, ‘Search For Jah’ and ‘Road Block’. .
Two years later in 2007, his second album was born, ‘Take Off’. This 17 track album was more of conscious reggae music, with the most popular song being ‘Rich Man Lost’. It is about someone who has lost all their faith in the higher being. ‘Take Off’ was produced by Danger Mental Studios in N.Y., Super Sonic Sound from Germany, Holy house Productions and OS Entertainment from Trinidad and Tobago.
With the months just rolling by in 2010, Ras Pilot goal is, to continue working on and finish his 3rd album and continue to spread the words, wisdom and teachings of the most high to all masses of the world through his lyrical messages and gather all peoples of the earth for the coming of the king and most high JAH through his music…..
Last Updated (Monday, 12 April 2010 15:50)