Friday, April 4, 2014

It is not an overnight thing says Tessanne Chin

In an interview with Toronto Star, Tessanne Chin cautioned that transitioning from a TV talent show winner to a super star will not be an overnight thing.

Tessanne Chin sings for the Obamas
On her recent visit to Canada last week where she received a Luminary Award at the Weekend University of the West Indies benefit gala, Season 5 winner of NBCs The Voice, Tessanne Chin, told the Toronto Star that her journey from TV talent show winner to recording star will basically be a well thought through process, "I look at people like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood; it was not an overnight thing," she said "I am not going to take on that pressure of, oh! is she going to be the one?"  If I can wake up and do what I'm doing and be happy, put food on my table and make you happy by doing it, that's success to me.  I'm not going to measure it in just sale.  I can't" she concluded.

The article brought into perspective the fact that both Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood to whom Tessanne refers, along with Fantasia three of the first four Idol winners have combined album sales for more than 30 million in sales and 10 Grammys since appearing on that talent show.NBCs The Voice is yet to produce a star of the magnitude of them.  Voice champs have generally had modest album sales.  

But as Tessanne Chin acknowledge these facts and establish the precedence of her career she remained focused, "Of course, there's momentum and we want to capitalize on it, but I'm not about to rush this and give my fans and people that have waited so long just something that I've thrown together.  I want to give them something that's me," she said. Her album set for a May 27th release features production by Grammy-winning songwriter Diane Warren; Toby Gad, who's worked with Beyonce; RandB duo Rock City, who've written for Rihanna'; Claude Kelly (Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson) and One Republic frontman Ryan Tedder, who produced Chin's post-Voice single, "Tumbling down."

Chin says the album will have "an island sway," including reggae elements, and a variety that reflects her personality.

Excerpts: Toronto Star

Thursday, April 3, 2014

St. Thomas Virgin Islands Reggae artiste Pressure announces his album release and tour dates

The Sound album cover
The artiste Pressure aka Pressure Buss Pipe from the US Virgin Islands of Saint Thomas has release a new single called 'Show Love' taken from his upcoming album entitled, 'The Sound' which is schedule for release April 15 on I Grade and Buss Pipe Records listen.  Subsequent to his album release Pressure 'The Sound' tour kick off across Europe from April 30th - May 17, 2014.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Agent Sasco explore with acoustic beat on new single 'Day In Day Out'

Agent Sasco
One of Reggae/Dancehall's most positive artistes Agent Sasco, has released a new single entitle, "Day in Day Out" deejaying on an Acoustic beat.  We do not know if the artiste is just exploring the format but would encourage it, as it in our opinion creates a more subtle and approachable way to present his music to a wider audience extending beyond Dancehall.

Agent Sasco always strive for consistency in delivering his messages to the fans be it motivational or socially conscious.  These days, despite nationality, race or religion people go about their lives having to deal with financial woes, or living from pay check to pay check a subject Agent Sasco passionately address on this new track with the lyrics, "Day in day out I'm trying to find a way out, it seems there is always a trap, it seems like four steps forward and five steps back."  

The hard hitting lyrics in the second verse is a mixture of reality and hope to which Sasco sang, "the system conspire to keep me down.....but I keep faith in a de the messiah....." Day In Day Out is produced on an exclusive one chord progression rhythm stumbled upon by Agent Sasco himself while learning to play the guitar and perfected by Unga from Notnice Productions check it


Monday, March 31, 2014

Reggae/Dancehall and other music news 'Bits n Pieces' highlights throughout the month of March 2014

29/3/14 Choreographer Orville Hall tell of his dance group's major impact on the World with Dancehall Choreography
Bogle/Beenie Man Worl Dance
Popular Dance Choreographer Orville Hall says "dancers" in the local reggae/dancehall industry "should find ways to market themselves" shedding some light on what was described as an inability of that sector to capitalize on the art form. Orville Hall in an interview on the Winford Williams 'OnStage' entertainment program aired Saturday's on CVM television Jamaica tell how his group 'Dance Expression' made a break through with Dancehall Choreography.  
Tribute to Bogle and Ice
Hall travels across Europe visiting several countries including Russia and Croatia teaching Jamaican dance moves as well educating persons about the Jamaican dance culture watch/listen

28/3/14 Interesting Reggae Albums Title/Inspiration
'Hard Times' the album title of Reggae-soul singer Carl Dawkins a senior member of the traditional reggae school.  Carl Dawkins started singing, writing and performing in the 60s while he was still in school.  His first recording 'Baby I Love You' is an all time hit.  Now over 40 years later the 65 years old Reggae-soul singer vocal delivery on this new celebratory album 'Hard Times' is as strong as ever listen 

"Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life"
The album by Stephen 'Ragga' Marley scheduled for release summer 2014 is described by the Wall Street Journal as "The new album is a collaborative project that blends all genres from hip-hop to even EDM but its foundation is reggae music" check out a selection click 'Rock Stone' featuring Capleton and Sizzla Kolanji.

"Dread and Terrible"
Described as 'the project' by Chronixx is a message to 'babylon' "we are dread and terrible, we are the outcast, we are the black heart people...we just a remind the system of who we are" Chronixx speak to Winford Williams OnStage Watch

17/03/14 UK/Jamaican Teacher Playwright Poet Jane Crichton Honoured in Jamaica
Born Gwynydd Jane Price in Exeter, England, jane Crichton came to Jamaica in 1952 where she taught English and Drama in several schools.  Jane Crichton swept 13 of 14 Actor Boy Awards for the musical 'White Witch' she wrote in 2011 and was appropriately recognised by students, local actors, friends and family in a two hour tribute titled 'Poetry Prose and Footprint in the Sand' at Doctors Cave Beach, Montego Bay read more.

17/03/14 Veteran Dancehall artiste Frankie Paul stand against Dancehall discrimination
Frankie Paul resurfaced defending 'Dancehall.'  The singer not only recorded his opinion on a single entitled, "It's Not Dancehall but spoke to the Jamaica Observer about the music saying, "I don't know where they got the idea that Dancehall music promotes crime.  Dancehall has always been about life and fun" read more

6/03/14 Tessanne Chin White House Performance 
Tessanne Chin continues to land impressive gigs that somewhat points in the direction towhich this artiste is either aiming destine for.  Tessanne performed Donna Summers 'Lets Dance' at First Lady Michelle Obama's "Women of Soul" concert at the White House in front of a packed East Room ballroom and featured a stellar line up of top class singers ranging in different eras, including Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Janelle Monae, Mellissa Etheridge, Jill Scott and Ariana Grande Watch

8/03/14 Sean Paul's "Full Frequency" album Tops Billboard 
"but could not outlast Snoop Dogg Marathon reign"

On it's official release 28/2/14 International Dancehall artiste Sean Paul released his sixth studio album 'Full Frequency" anchored by the popular collaboration between himself and fellow Dancehall artiste Konshens entitled, "Want Dem All" which debut at #1 on Billboard Reggae Chart read more   However, the album's peak on Billboard's Reggae Chart could not outlast the artiste Snoop Dogg formerly Snoop Lion's Hip-Hop/Reggae album 'Reincarnation' which ending March 2014 is in it's 49th week on the chart holding the top spot 98% of it's marathon reign.

03/03/14 Breakthrough for Music-Math Research
Glenroy Pinnock Lecturer and Mathematics and Statistics Research Coordinator at the University of Technology(UTECH) Jamaica said he had been observing the correlation between music and students math scores for years and had positive results from recent findings read more

Grammy Museum Director make plans for the Bob Marley Museum
The Director of Grammy Museum, Bob Santelli selected the Bob Marley Museum as an affilliate of his organisation. According to an article written in the Sunday Gleaner Santelli said, "I thought this house was such an important part of not just Jamaican culture but world musical culture, so if we were going to have the first Grammy Museum affilliate, it had to be here read more

Greater August Town Film Festival
Now in its second year, Greater August Town Film Festival anticipates submissions from regional and international film makers. The festival held in the hometown of International Reggae artiste Sizzla Kolanji, boasts strong international connections with the renown Orlando "Love Your Shorts" Film Festival read more