Jamaican singer on iTunes chart topping album
Jamaica's international fusion lyricist Racquel Jones has hit the big time with United States electronic music duo Thievery Corporation, whose latest album 'Treasures from the Temple' was the number one hit on iTunes' Electronica charts.
The album was released on April 20 and has been described by critics as an eclectic, mostly reggae, and island-infused collection of tracks.
Guest vocalists on the 12-track album include longtime collaborators Mr Lif and Natalia Clavier. Racquel Jones' song, Letter to the Editor, has received much acclaim.
According to spillmagazine.com, Letter to the Editor is the strongest track, and Jones "is clearly a force to be reckoned with".
Jones is also an artist and was first runner-up in the 2012 Miss Jamaica Universe contest.
She said the success of the album and recognition of her work offer another opportunity to showcase Jamaican music on the global stage.
Jones said the success of the album is just another confirmation of Jamaica's impact.
"I am just humbled to be given the opportunity to speak on behalf of and represent my culture through my art on these major platforms," she said.
The accompanying video for Letter to the Editor has more than a million views on YouTube.
Jones has been touring with Thievery Corporation since the fall of 2017. She also performed with them on a short tour of Australia earlier this year.
She is also booked to perform with the duo at the Bottle Rock Festival in Napa, California, on Sunday, May 27, when Bruno Mars is set to headline.
Jones will then travel with Thievery to Greece for a short tour immediately afterwards.
Despite her international success, Jones, a graduate of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performance Arts, lamented that she has been ignoring her work as an artist.
When not on tour, she has been working on pieces for an exhibition that she intends to launch later this year.
The pieces, she said, will depict social injustices that have been largely ignored by mainstream media.