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Four reaching for the stars

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Four reaching for the stars

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Honey Jam 2013 will represent a variety of musical genres including folk, alternative, soca, soul, hip hop, pop, jazz, R&B and gospel.
Catering to females with a talent for singing, producer Ebonnie Rowe announced that the three-year-old show offered the artistes a chance for career development.
Being held over two days, November 23 and 24, Shontelle Layne and Vita Chambers are scheduled to fly in and attend the concert.
Here we feature four of the artistes who will be performing:
• Faith Callender, also known as Fate, was always the little songbird. Her music and style reflect the urban lifestyle she grew up with tweaking [aspects of that lifestyle] them to make them her own. Music has always been a passion for her from a tender age and the 20-year-old doesn’t seem to be leaving anytime soon.
Fate always wanted to pursue a career in music but her parents made her strive academically and she did just that. She holds an associate degree in accounting and economics but she sees that as a “fall back” career.
After the success of Rihanna her parents became a little more lenient towards her music interest. And since then, she has been going after it full speed ahead.
Aspiring to be an international recording artist, Fate has been training, working on original material and developing as an artist. She has been performing with bands around the local circuit, at private events, school pageants, nightclubs and restaurants.
• Singer/songwriter Karina is 26 years of age and resides in St Philip. She was a 2011 finalist in Richard Stoute Teen talent Competition.
Her first recorded R&B/pop song can be found on Youtube, called Close To Your Heart. From then her fan base began to grow and people became attached to her unique look and husky voice.
She holds an associate degree in law and French for business and tourism from the Barbados Community College (BCC) and graduated in 2011 from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus with a major in sociology and law.
She has released three songs on Youtube which are also getting some airplay: Erase, Brand New and Machine Gun. Another fan favourite is Higher High. She is not managed or signed by any label but her dream is to take her music as far as it can go internationally. She can sing any genre and also loves acting and won best talent at her school pageant where she wrote a play called Duppies.
• Kyzz (Kysanne Lewis), 25, hails from a family of musicians. She began singing at age 12, and playing piano and guitar at age 16. She brings her unique twist to the gospel, neo-soul and jazz stage with original songs such as God, Music & Me, Creation’s Song (I Will Praise Him) and Broken Love. Kyzz is an academic star too, having been awarded a Barbados Exhibition and is a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and accounting with honours.
However, Kyzz finds greater joy in music, expressing her life experiences through the lyrics, melody and arrangement of her songs.
Now, combining her strong academic skills with a great passion and love for music, Kyzz is an enthusiastic, final year music student at BCC.
• Dennica Pearl is a 22-year-old, singer-soul writer, born in St Michael, and raised in Florida.
The acoustic, soul and jazz artist is influenced mainly by Billie Holiday, Tracy Chapman, and Erykah Badu.
Her belief that musicians are agents of change with the responsibility to lift the social level of consciousness is reflected in her lyrics.(PR)