Ikeyba Galaxy Goddess answers her calling
Singjay Ikeyba Galaxy Goddess has been surrounded by music her entire life. Her father operated a sound system in Westmoreland where she was raised, and her cousin is dancehall's very own Lady Patra.
Her inevitable love affair with entertainment started with drama, as she played 'Christine', the girlfriend of D.C. Wright (Charles Hyatt) on the popular '80s/'90s sitcom Lime Tree Lane.
But Ikeyba says her true calling was to be an artiste, and she decided to pursue this dream in 2008.
"I have a lot to say. I have a lot of experience, and I thought this is the only platform I have to reach people and talk about truths and rights, justice and whatever social commentary is there to feed the people with and generate love," she told THE STAR.
Her experience includes being a tour manager and working alongside industry juggernauts like Tommy Cowan and June 'Star' Hayles.
Despite knowing top-notch names, the 43-year-old said that she is not exempted from challenges faced by other up-and-coming artistes.
"One would think that having Patra as my cousin makes it easy for me. But you see because we are doing different genres in a different time and space, it's hard to connect with all the people that worked with her," she said.
"For the journey that she is on now, it would be so hard for her to mentor me. She is doing her cooking programme and running her restaurant. Me have my link dem, but as a woman in this business, they still looking to seh you have to be with them intimately for them to work with you, so I tek my mind off these people."
Ikeyba, whose real name is Arlene Stewart, was born in the Corporate Area, but she later moved west where she attended Savanna-la-Mar Comprehensive High School (now Godfrey Stewart High School). She returned to Kingston in 1993 to pursue entertainment.
Her debut song, Wifey Gone A Lead, was produced by Extreme Records and is scheduled for release in August.
Ikeyba said that conflicts with prior producers prevented the release of her previous recordings. She is working on having her own studio, Likkle Stone Records, in honour of her father's sound system.
"Sizzla Kalonji is one of my mentors, and he always says you can't just take from the music, you have to give back. I want to open my own studio to help young artistes, especially ladies that have talent and want to grow further in music without them feeling like they have to be with an engineer to make it."
Inspiration: Lady G, Lisa Danger, Sizzla Kalonji
Releases: Wifey Gone A Lead
Interesting Facts: Ikeyba is also a booking agent, and was once a secretary and tour manager at Bob Marley's Tuff Gong Group of Companies