Richie Stephens to receive ASCAP awards in England
This year is one of the biggest of Richie Stephens' musical career.
The singer will head to England next Thursday where he will collect two international awards - Song of the Year and Digital Sales of the Year from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) on October 16 for his contribution to Rihanna's Work, which was among the top ASCAP songs on the 2016 year-end charts.
"I am over the moon," an ecstatic Stephens exclaimed. "I am so blessed to receive two international awards in the USA; and now to be honoured in England is a major accomplishment at this time in my career. I share this award with my fans globally and three members of the Ska Nation Band, who will accompany me on the red carpet in London," he said.
So far, 2017 has been a whirlwind year for the singer, who kicked off the summer in Brooklyn, New York, where he launched his Steely and Clevie- produced album titled Luv-A-Dub Style. The 14-track disc, which is distributed by VP Records, contains songs like Feel Good All Over; All Night Long, featuring U Brown; Love Her Up, with Sister Nancy; Come Back To Bed and Rain From The Sky.
The singer was also one of the top performers at the newly branded Reggae Sumfest, which drew record crowds at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.
The singer and his Ska Nation Band then embarked on a successful six-week summer European tour which included stops at Reggae Jam in Germany, and the Untold Festival in Romania, which attracts over 500,000 patrons annually.
He then returned stateside in late August, for a two-week promotional tour, to drum up support for his current dancehall/pop single, Happy Wine, that was recorded with US-based urban singer Nheon. While in NY, he shared stage at Amazuru and BB Kings with reggae/dancehall hotshots Konshens, Capleton, Charly Black, Shenseea, Estelle, Tanto Metro & Devonte, and Kranium.
"I am extremely excited about the inroads that Happy Wine is making on urban stations in the US northeast. The song is getting steady rotation and is poised to enjoy further visibility now that the video for the song is released and circulated to video channels and various social media platforms. I thank God for the blessings, because without Him none of this would be possible" he noted.
After the award event in London, the singer and his Ska Nation Band will embark on a fall tour in Europe in late October.