Male singing group, LUST, is back on top of the charts. The group’s impressive reading of Air Supply’s 1985 nugget Just As I Am, has already taken pole position here in Jamaica as well as on the New York and Canada Reggae charts.
Singing Melody, one of the members of LUST (the other members are Lukie D, Thriller U, and Tony Curtis), told this column that the decision to update the Air Supply track happened based on a suggestion by Lukie D. “It was Lukie D’s idea because he is a fan of Air Supply. He found the song and invited us to sing it. We knew the song would have taken off the way it did because we had great confidence in it,” said Melody.
LUST has been knocking on the doors of stardom ever since the group came to fore in 1997. Their debut single Sweetness of Your Love spent multiple weeks at the top of the local charts and earned the group several awards the following year at the now defunct Jamaica Music Industry Awards.
Asked what has kept the group together all these years, Melody said, “Good friendships, love, respect for each other, understanding, and our voices blend well and complement each other.” Lukie D had left the group briefly in 1998 and was replaced by Ricardo ‘Rik Rok’ Ducent. Lukie D later returned to the group after Ducent left to pursue other opportunities with Shaggy’s Big Yard label.
Melody pointed out that LUST plans to maintain the pace that was set by the success of Just As I Am. “LUST was on top back then and we were concentrating on our individual careers for a while and that caused the impact of the group to wane a bit. Now we are back on top and that is exactly where we intend to stay,” he said.
A follow-up single to Just As I Am has already been earmarked for release. Melody, who refused to divulge details about the song, said a video for the track will be done shortly. The group is currently being pursued for several performances in the Caribbean and North America. The group will next perform in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Kronik earns nomination in American Black Music Awards
Las Vegas-based reggae artiste, Kronik, has picked up his second consecutive nomination for an American Black Music Award. He is nominated in the category for Best Reggae Performer. The awards will be handed out on August 16 at the Cashman theatre in Las Vegas.
Kronik’s nomination comes on the heels of the release of his most recent album, Breaking Loose. Kronik says he is humbled by the nomination and he thanks all the persons who have contributed to making the nomination possible. “I feel great about the nomination. This is the second year that I have been nominated and I feel really good about it”, Kronik said in a telephone interview earlier this week.
Kronik, whose songwriting reflects upon the struggles and the rewards that can be gained spiritually, says his aim is to bring the message across in his music, in a meaningful way. This cultural artiste who is originally from Clarendon, released his debut single, Gold is my Treasure in 1998. The song which reached the top 20 on the RJR Top 40 chart led to the recording of several other songs by various producers.
He lists Buju Banton, the late Garnet Silk and Lucky Dube and Maxi Priest among his musical influences.
To date, he has performed in countries including the British Virgin Islands and several states in the US. He has also performed in Jamaica.
Equipped with a professional management team and some amount of talent, Kronik who is the president of Love Bird Productions Inc (a publishing and recording company), is hoping to make a big impact on the international scene.
R&B singer Avant now signed to Capitol Records
Rhythm and blues singer/songwriter/producer Avant recently joined the growing roster of urban chart- topping artistes at Capitol Records. The label which has been prolific on the musical radar since the 1970’s, is currently charting an unprecedented course on the major charts worldwide with Katy Perry’s I Kissed a Girl.
The first offering from Avant’s deal with Capitol will result in the release of his self- titled album on October 28. “I’ve proved my point. (The album) reflects who I am. I think one of the reasons I’ve been able to enjoy the kind of longevity I’ve had, is that I write songs that are about real-life situations,” Avant said in a recent release issued by Capitol Records.
The album’s first single, When it Hurts, an impassioned and irresistible plea about the true meaning of unconditional love, produced by the Anonymous Entertainment team of Eric Dawkins and Tony Dixon, was serviced to US radio on August 4. Collaborators on the album include Trackmasters, the Architects, DJ Smurf aka Collipark, and Snoop Dogg.
Avant has achieved three RIAA gold albums to date. His hit singles include Read Your Mind, Separated, My First Love and 4 Minutes.
Canadian pop singer Sarah McLachlan to release Best of. compilation
Canadian pop singer, Sarah McLachlan, best known for hits including Building A Mystery, I Will Remember You, Adia, Angel, and Sweet Surrender, will be releasing her first best of collection on October 7 via Nettwerk Records.
The collection contains 14 classic tracks personally selected by the artiste from her award-winning catalog, as well as two newly recorded and previously unreleased songs.
Sarah got married in Jamaica at Grand Lido Negril in the late 1990s.
BITS AND PIECES
After months of working in the studio, producer Richard Shams Brownie has released the Hammer Time riddim. Shams who has worked with numerous acts over the years, is known for his production of the Orgasm, Baddis and Juice riddims.
. Over in The Bahamas, the 8th annual Millennium Countdown concert will take place from October 31 to November 2. The show which is staged by Downsound Records and Sigma Management, will be held in Nassau. A variety of styles of music including R&B, dancehall, reggae and gospel, will be incorporated into the three-day event.
. Fresh from her recent tour of Europe, dancehall artiste Ce’cile has teamed up with Lady Saw for a track called Nah Wear None. A video for the song is currently in the works. Saw and Ce’cile teamed up a few years ago for the track, Loser. Ce’cile is currently charting with the songs So Fly featuring Beenie Man, and Ride or Die.
. The 12th annual Dominica Creole Music Festival is set to unfold from October 31 to November 2 at the Windsor Park Stadium in Rosseau. Among the artistes confirmed to perform so far are Kassav, Oliver N’Goma, Nasio Fontaine and Carimi. There will be several African and Creole acts from around the world.