Verlando Small spreads his wings
It's been four years since saxophonist Verlando Small won the Digicel Rising Stars contest. Since then, he has maintained a hectic schedule, playing at corporate functions and backing high-profile artistes.
Being a musician, recording is important, and for 27-year-old Small, there is no exception. He worked on gospel singer Jermaine Edwards' new album, Dominion, which was released in January.
"It's very important to record as a musician as that's really how one leaves a legacy for generations to come, and know that you contributed to shaping the music that they would have been listening to," he said.
Edwards and Small met while Small was a contestant on the Gospel Night segment of Digicel Rising Stars. Edwards was a judge and was so impressed, that he invited Small to be part of his motivational Island Worship camp. Later, the two collaborated on Edwards' album, Don't Count Me Out.
Small noted that his skills are not limited to conventional or traditional music. He has also done a number of sessions for Barbwyah and Notice Productions, two of the biggest names in reggae and dancehall music.
In 2015, he toured the United Kingdom with Marcia Griffiths, Bob Andy, Richie Spice, Judy Mowatt and Tanya Stephens. He did the Abi Reggae Festival in Cote d'Ivoire that year with the same cast. He has also backed the likes of Jermaine Edwards, Carlene Davis and Romain Virgo at events in the Caribbean and the United States. Last year, he performed overseas as a solo act for the first time in Cayman, Antigua and Florida.
Small is currently working on two albums: a Christmas set to be launched in October, and a more diverse solo project expected out in 2018.