Reggae Rising's first year was 2007 when it was produced by People Productions and had 12,400 attendees. Performers at the first year of Reggae Rising included Steel Pulse, Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, Anthony B, Heavyweight Dub Champion, and Ziggy Marley. People Productions also organized the 2008 event, while Dimmick Ranch produced in 2009.
Ultimately, no Reggae Rising festival took place after 2009.
The festival's success was due largely to the popularity of Reggae on the River, a festival that had also been produced by People Productions at a nearby location since 1984 as a benefit for the Mateel Community Center of Redway, California. Mateel Community Center is not affiliated with "Reggae Rising". In 2007 the parties were in litigation over the future of both events. A settlement was reached wherein People Productions agreed to make several payments to Mateel Community Center totalling $500,000. Ultimately the payments were made to the Mateel in full by the Dimmick Ranch.