Machel Jesus Montano (born 24 November 1974) is a Trinidadian soca singer, actor, record producer and songwriter. He was nominated for the 2016 AFRIMMA AWARD under the categories of Caribbean Artist of the year.
He is the front-man of the soca band The HD Family, and is noted for his high energy, fast-paced, and often unpredictable on-stage performances. During his career, which spans more than 30 years, he has recorded several songs alongside many popular acts, such as Lerone Guy of St Anthony’s College, Alison Hinds, Beenie Man, Calypso Rose, Burning Flames, Wyclef Jean, Canibus, Red Rat, Shaggy, Sparrow, Denise Belfon, Ken Marlon Charles (KMC), Destra, Walker Hornung, Vybz Kartel, Mohombi, G-Unit, Black Stalin, David Rudder, Buju Banton, Mr. Vegas, Doug E. Fresh, Pitbull, Ariana Grande, Busta Rhymes, Drupatee Ramgoonai and many others. In 1987 he was the youngest finalist to ever win the Caribbean Song Festival. He now stands as one of the most well-known soca acts in the world, using his leverage as an artist able to sell out shows.
Recently he has moved to the Los Angeles area and furthered his pursuit, saying: “I may not be the one to bring it forth, but in the meantime, I have a lot of work to do in order for something to happen.” He is very well known in New York City, where he has had sold out concerts in Madison Square Garden many times over.