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June 21, 2011
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Al Johnson takes on solo career
Krista Henry, Staff Reporter

Singer Al Johnson

Singer Al Johnson from popular trio One Third has embarked on a solo career. The singer has an album set for release early next year.

Known as 'Al Third', Johnson is still an active member of the Digicel Rising Stars winning trio One Third, but has also decided to pursue other avenues. One Third consists of Johnson, Adrian Campbell and Miguel Walters. The trio won the popular reality competition in 2006.

Speaking with The STAR recently he explained, "Yeah man I'm still with the group, still travelling and doing shows. I've just decided to pursue my personal ambitions as well." According to Johnson, the group has been supportive of his work and they have had discussions about what this will mean for their future as a group.

Johnson said he started to work on his own in December of last year when he recorded two singles for producers Young Veterans. Since the beginning of the year, he decided to pursue a solo album. "The album is 50 per cent complete, my target is for release in January of 2012 and we're on track same way," he said. He says the album is tentatively called 'Alternative' which reflects his name and his style of music.

popular in africa

He added, "My style of music is alternative reggae, you'll hear lots of island music. I listen to a lot of Bruno Mars and Train and that come out in my music." The album is mostly being produced by Young Veterans with tracks from other producers local and overseas. Thus far, Johnson has released his first single Nothing But Love which he says has become popular in Africa.

While still going strong with his group and having been in music since 2005 ,Johnson says singing on his own isn't as easy as people would think. He said, "its a new challenge and experience. I'm not gonna pretend that I have tons of experience, I'm learning same way but I'm someone who doesn't back down from a challenge."

As for the group, Johnson says they have been working hard. They recently released a cover of Celine Dion's A New Day as well as an original song called Dreams. "We've been getting good feedback, especially for the Celine Dion song. The group has been doing shows and especially in the August holiday period we'll be busy," Johnson said.

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