Cornerstone Roots are a seven piece original, reggae roots band from Raglan, New Zealand. The band is an integral part of the exciting roots movement that re-emerged at the beginning of the new millennium... music that is message orientated, soul induced and bass driven.
Cornerstone Roots focus at a flax roots level constantly taking their own unique brand of conscious roots music to the people through touring and performing live. Their performances are strong and powerful and their message of peace is easily accessible to any audience.
Shortly after the band formed in 2001 they released their debut single "One Fine Day" in 2002. In 2003 they released the debut album "Soul Revolution" which is a gritty live rhythm track album described by some reviewers as "brilliant" and "impressive." Wellington musicians from Fat Freddy's Drop, Trinity Roots to the Black Seeds feature on the album.
In July 2007 the 2nd album "Free Yourself" was released after the first EP "Forward Movements" in 2005. "Free Yourself" was one of the TOP 20 selling independent releases for 2007.
Cornerstone Roots opened for Jamaican legends like Burning Spears, Lee Scratch Perry and Mad Professor and had collaborations with artist such as Big Youth, Ranking Joe and Luciano.