A new breed of Caribbean musical talent is making waves internationally. Since Bajan superstar Rihanna made her debut five years ago, other Caribbean singers have followed her lead and are currently knocking at the door of stardom.
Here's a list of my fave up-and-comers, who were either born in the Caribbean or are of Caribbean parentage.
10. Vita Chambers. I must admit I had never heard about Vita Chambers till I stumbled across her myspace page sometime last year. This cute, bubbly, Barbadian teen has a fresh-faced appeal and pop/rock edge that's Like Boom, really.
9. Dwane Husbands. When I first saw Dwayne Husbands perform on a local talent show I said, wow, I think he has what it takes. In 2008, he won the Digicel Rising Stars competition, and the hearts of many female fans to boot.
The 25-year-old is perhaps best known for being featured on Rihanna's 2006 sophomore album A Girl like Me with the song 'Dem Haters', and with his silky smooth voice, he's sure to go places.
8. Jaicko. 19-year-old Jaicko Lawrence is a part of the musical Forrester clan of Barbados and Guyana. His hit 'Oh Yeah' is currently tearing up the airwaves and reached #2 on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles. Jaicko is currently signed to Capitol Records.
7. Livvi Franc. When your debut single, boldly titled 'Now I'm that Bitch', reaches the top of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart (2009), you know you're on to something good. Livvi Franc might not be a household name as yet, but give this 22-year-old Bajan some time....
6. Kimberley Inniss. Singer/songwriter/producer Kimberley Inniss has determination and self-confidence to spare. Like Dwayne Husbands, this triple threat started off as a contestant in a local talent show, then went on to the regional level in the Digicel Rising Stars competition. She placed second in both contests, but she got the last laugh in the end. Now, a record deal would be icing on the cake....
5. Shontelle Layne. I won't say much about Shontelle here, 'cause you all know I've bigged up my girl several times on this blog. If you haven't seen the latest video for her hit 'Impossible' as yet, check it in an earlier blog entry.
4. Hal Linton. In 2008, Hal Linton was honored by Black Entertainment Television in a series entitled, Rising Icons, showcasing up and coming music artists. I'm still feeling the effects of his song 'Cardiac Arrest' from a few years back.
His album Return From The Future is set for release in early 2010.
3. Marissa Lindsay. Blessed with a phenomenal voice, Marissa Lindsay can make you shed a tear then jump and shout, all in the same song. If she doesn't have people she needs to get some, and if she has people they need to get cracking with this girl's career 'cause she's got the goods.
2. Melanie Fiona. Born to Guyanese parents in Toronto, Canada, Melanie Fiona is currently tearing up the charts with her hit 'It Kills Me'. The video is pretty hot too, check it out below. Adam Rodriquez of CSI Miami fame too cute....
1. Ria Borman. Sassy megatalent Ria Borman has a voice reminscent of the Motown greats. She wowed R&B crooner Fantasia and Michael Jackson's father Joe Jackson earlier this year at the Barbados Music Awards. Would somebody pleaseee get this girl a record deal already!
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