After winning the St. Philip competition for three consecutive years in1979, 1980 and 1981, RPB became the youngest calypsonian to win the Pic-o-de Crop Calypso Competition in 1982, at the age of twenty-one. Stedson Wiltshire has won the national competition for an unprecedented nine times, the Tune of the Crop on two occasions and is the reigning Sweet Soca Monarch.
Stedson “RPB” Wiltshire has recorded twenty five albums, with a repertoire of over four hundred songs. He has composed the winning song in the Caribbean Song Contest on three occasions. He has written songs for Arrow of “Hot Hot” fame, Swallow, Alison Hinds, TC, Nathalee and also penned the popular “Spring Garden on Fire” for Ras Iley. He has judged several competitions at home and abroad, including The Caribbean Song Contest in Trinidad and Tobago and the Bermuda Song Contest.
RPB has performed throughout the Caribbean, USA, Canada, United Kingdom, China and Australia. He performed at The Apollo Theatre NY, Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, Beacon Theatre NY, Lincoln Centre NY, Brooklyn Academy of Music and Hammersmith Palais, London.
His many achievements include a National Honour, the Barbados Service Star in 1995, Jammy Award 1994 (Jamaica Music Award), Sunshine Awards 1994, 1995, 2000, Reggaesoca Awards, Best song and Soca artist of the year 1994. Entertainer of the year 1994, Pride of Barbados Award 2003, Barbados Music Award 2008 and 2009, 2010 and 2011. He also received international recognition awards in the US cities of Boston and Washington DC.
RPB is best known around the world for his song “Ragga Ragga” which is recorded in seven languages, featured on the Sony compilation Dance Pool volume two with the likes of Celine Dion and Culture Club. “Ragga Ragga” is also featured in the Irish movie “The Sparrow’s Nest” along with another of his compositions “Not Me and That”. “Ragga Ragga” was also played at the NBA final 1996 in Chicago. His Tune of the Crop winning song “Can’t Find Me Brother” is featured in the HBO movie “Some People”.
Stedson Wiltshire also represented Barbados in cricket at youth level 1980.
His philosophy is, “It’s not what you have that makes you happy, it’s your ability to be happy with what you have”.