Rising Star runner-up 'Sail Away'

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June 10, 2016
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Rising Stars runner-up

'Sail Away'

Last year's Digicel Rising Stars runner-up Anna Mariah is feeling a lot of love for her new single, Sail Away, which was released on May 26.

The singer, who this year released her debut single Rush, a reggae remake of the Paula Abdul hit song, said her latest project is dear to her.

"This song is very special to me because it's the first track that I wrote, recorded, and officially released," she said of the project produced by Stephen 'DJ Blaze' McGibbon of the Studio Blaze label. "When I was writing the song, I was thinking a lot about love, longing, loyalty, and the challenges we all face in our relationships. Sometimes, you both just have to know when to sail away"with each other to get back on track."

An accompanying video is in the works for the song, which is available on www.soundcloud.com/studioblaze.

Now that the talented singer has completed her bachelor's degree in jazz and popular music studies from the Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts, Anna Mariah's focus will be mainly on music.

dancehall roots

"I'm focused on producing as much music as possible, experimenting with different sounds and styles, but keeping true to my reggae, dancehall roots. My career has been on a steady upward trajectory, (getting) exposure from live performances around the island."

Rising Stars, she said, has presented her with many opportunities, including collaborating with dancehall star Beenie Man on his single One Psalms. "This was my first time collaborating with an artiste and it happened so quickly. One Psalms has been getting a lot of push locally and overseas, and I am grateful for the experience and exposure," she said.

She said Jamaica can definitely expect to hear and see a lot more of her in the upcoming months.

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