March 5, 2013
Belinda believes upcoming album will be a hit
If there is one thing that Jamaica-born singer but now Canadian resident believes, it's that her upcoming album is going to be a major hit.
The singer, who recently spent a week in Jamaica recording three tracks for the soon-to-be completed album, already believes she has completed five songs that will make major impacts when released as singles.
"It's going to be extremely large," she quickly answered when THE STAR quizzed her about her expectations for her latest project.
She further stated that based on the producers and musicians she has behind the project, she feels confident about its possible impact.
Belinda is no newcomer to music so her confidence is also based on experience with music from birth. She is the daughter of Carl Brady, one of the founding members of the extremely popular Byron Lee and the Dragonaires. Her mom was also associated with the band, being a member of the dance troupe that performed regularly with them.
"As a child, I used to sit down under a plum tree at Dynamics Sound and hang out in the recording studio," she said.
But while she was bitten by the musical bug from an early age, she was guided wisely by her parents to focus on her academic studies through Stella Maris Prep School and then Hillel Academy before migrating to Canada where she continued her studies.
However, it was just before entering university in Canada in 1995 that she actually took the massive decision to plunge full time into music.
"I decided to come back to Jamaica for holiday and everything changed," she said.
Belinda was offered a job as a back-up singer for Shaggy who was then enjoying tremendous success with Oh Carolina. That gig took her all around the world, Asia, Europe the United States on tours and promotional campaigns and further developed her love for music.
dived head first
In no time Belinda wanted some solo success for herself as well. So she dived head first into her work and things started happening for her in Canada.
She had chart success and was nominated for Juno Awards for her singles Flex and Gifted Man. She also worked with the popular rhythm twins, Sly and Robbie, on a few projects that did well in Canada.
Fast forward to 2013 and now Belinda is trying to find herself with what she describes as a pop-electro vibe with some reggae tones on her first album release.
The album, she said, came about after she received a grant through The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recording (FACTOR), a non-profit organisation, dedicated to providing assistance towards the growth and development of the Canadian independent music industry.
Although she hasn't decided yet on a name for her project, it is 85 per cent complete and features local artistes Omi, Ikaya along with hip-hop personality Chip Fu of Fu Schnickens fame. There are three tracks produced by Clifton Specialist Dillon, the mastermind behind the success of Shabba Ranks and Patra in the 90s.
The influence of these persons as well as others make Belinda even more convinced of the tremendous potential of the album.
"I feel really good and humbled about it. I embraced other persons and their efforts and it has paid off," she said about her album which is due for submission to FACTOR on March 14.