Rising stars showcased on VP's 'We Remember Gregory Isaacs'
MISANI Special to the AmNews | 9/2/2011, 4:46 p.m.
"Red Rose for Gregory," by Chevaughn featuring Soul 4 Soul: "I went to Gussie with the idea of this project and he gave me copies of the two albums he did with Gregory...I told Chevaugn to imagine himself as a Nat King Cole type singing this Gregory song-it's one of my favorites."
"Stranger in Town," by Chris Boomer: "Friends had told me about Chris Boomer and his work with the group Soja. He had posted an acoustic version of Gregory's song on YouTube months earlier...We sent the file and got it back the next day, and we thought he did a great job with the song."
(I totally agree that Boomer did an amazing job. Boomer, sorry, man-Caribbean Lingo! was so mesmerized by your rendition of "Stranger in Town" that we missed bigging you up last week. Apologies.)
"Love is Overdue," by D Major: "D Major is among the young generation of lover's rock singers whose fans may not know much about Gregory's music. This song gives him a great story in the songwriting and was a big hit in its time. I hope he'll use it in his live shows."
"The Border," by Duane Stephenson: "This was the first song I was inspired to have vocals added to. I was riding in my car, listening back to the rough tracks, and thought of Duane's great tone. I knew this was the voice for 'The Border' and his delivery reminds me of Gregory."
"My Only Lover," by Etana: "I loved the idea of female voices on Gregory's songs for the new meaning or irony that it could add for the listener. 'My Only Lover' is not one of Gregory's big hits; it's a great song and Etana made it her own."
Caribbean Lingo! wholly agrees with Fraser's keen-sighted perspective on all of the artists who did a fantastic job on "We Remember Gregory Isaacs." For your copy, visit www.vpreggae.com.
The Caribbean Lingo! series pays tribute to Caribbean Diaspora artists and art forms of the highest caliber. We would like to express our condolences to the Chin family on the passing of Joel Chin. He will be greatly missed.