HOUSE OF SHEM
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BIO

HOUSE OF SHEM – New Zealand Roots Reggae
Formed in the early 2000s by the late Carl Perkins, formerly of the beloved icons HERBS, and
his two sons Te Omeka Perkins and Isaiah Perkins who
are talented instrumentalists and producers in their own right, House Of Shem are a
multi-generational force of modern reggae. House Of Shem seamlessly fuses traditional and
contemporary styles to create a
authentic blend of reggae, embodying the sounds of Maori, Polynesian, and Spiritual roots in
their music. Resonating with audiences both at home and throughout the world, the three voices
bring distinct flavours to their unique sound: Growing up with music being at the core of Carl’s
life, Isaiah and Te Omeka followed their dad’s music inclinations and were performing
themselves from a young age. Carl brought 40 years of professionalism to the new day he had
early success as the lead vocalist, percussionist, and songwriter in HERBS – earning multiple
Platinum and Gold albums in their 38 year history, a Vodafone Pacific Music Awards Lifetime
Achievement award, an induction into the
NZ Hall Of Fame with the band – inspired his boys to pursue music, and creating a band as a
family was a natural progression for the three. An 8-piece band of the finest reggae musicians in
the country perform alongside House Of Shem, including
former The Wailers member Roy Venkataraman on lead guitar, who has been with the trio since
2006.
Bursting onto the scene with their debut album ‘Keep Rising’ in 2008, House Of Shem rapidly
built a loyal fan base. The trio have been dedicated to developing their
craft, working with Grammy award winning engineers and mixing at the renowned Tuff Gong
Studios . The effort caught the attention of critics and fans alike, and resulted in House Of Shem
becoming the
first reggae band in Aotearoa to debut at number one on the day of release with their
sophomore effort ‘Island Vibration’. The release of their third album ‘Harmony’ brought more
attention to the three-piece from around the globe, touring to sold-out shows throughout the
USA, Hawaii, and Australia, as well as at home. House Of Shem are one of New Zealand’s
most successful reggae bands, having so far earned two Gold album certifications, several
Maori music awards and multiple Vodafone New Zealand Music award nominations. The band
went on to focus on performing live around the world, starting with a tour the USA in 2015 for
three months including a performance at Island Reggae Festival, returning to the ‘States in 2016
for the annual festival Reggae on the River and another headlining tour. House Of Shem also
released the single ‘Jah Love’ in 2016, sparking interest in Europe for the first time through
Germany's Oneness Records and getting an invitation to perform in Guam, rewarding their huge
following there after eight years of loyal support.
One week before his 59 birthday Carl was diagnosed with Terminal Bowel cancer specialists
had first said Carl will only have 3 months to live, but Carl proved them wrong, he completed his
last album with his sons, Completed a nationwide tour, and toured with UK reggae band the
infamous “UB40” on their NZ tour. Sadly Carl’s journey and mission on earth finished on May 9 2018, he was survived by his Wife and 5 sons and left a big heavy heart with his Fans around
the world.
Te Omeka & Isaiah continue their Fathers legacy by carrying the torch, and ready to embark on
a world tour as well as release new music and some of the last music Carl Recorded some of
the songs 4 weeks before his passing. House of Shem have released 4 singles so far from their
new album “Anything You ask for”, “Peace & Love”, “Number 1” & “Candy Crush”. Before 2019
ends House of Shem will release two songs first “Overtime” which featuress the distinctive bvs
and the choping guitar skank of Papa Carl on a summer vibe love song with the beautiful sweet
lead vocals of Isaiah, secondly they will release the song titled “Te Whetu Marama” a song in
Maori language that is a song about a symbol of Carl’s Ratana Faith which talks about the Star
and Moon and the meaning.
House Of Shem will tour this Oct, Nov & Dec, taking them around New Zealand, Australia & Fiji.

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CONTACTS

Representative | Daniel Moore | World | daniel@achieveit.nz
Bookings | Daniel Moore | World | daniel@achieveit.nz

MUSIC

APPROVED VIDEOS

House of Shem - Anything You Ask For [Official Video 2017]

House Of Shem - Thinking About You

House of Shem - Take you there [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

House of Shem "Let it be" [Official Music Video 2014]

Niyorah feat. House Of Shem - Rising Sun [Official Video 2015]

House of Shem - Keep Rising

House of Shem - Fighting For Freedom (Official Music Video) HD

HOUSE OF SHEM & BIG MOUNTAIN - 'Hard Road' official music video

House Of Shem - Thinking About You / Keep The Fire Burning @ Reggae On The River (2016)

TOUR DATES

HOS New Zealand TOUR 2018


NOV 9 - Venue tbc
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DEC 15 - Venue tbc

2019

JAN 26/27 - One Love, Tauranga Domain