Fe­male Star Power added to Saint Lu­cia Jazz & Arts Fes­ti­val

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

One month af­ter a stel­lar line up of the 24th edi­tion of Saint Lu­cia Jazz & Arts Fes­ti­val was an­nounced here, two more names have been added to the star-stud­ded cast. On Wed­nes­day, the Saint Lu­cia Tourist Board, or­ga­niz­ers of the fes­ti­val, an­nounced the ad­di­tion of Amer­i­can Grammy Award-win­ning R&B and soul singer-song­writer Chrisette Michele and famed Caribbean soca singer and song­writer, Trinida­dian Des­tra to the cast.

Chrisette Michele, who won the Grammy Award for Best Ur­ban/Al­ter­na­tive Per­for­mance in 2009 for her song “Be OK”, will per­form on main stage on Sun­day May 10. Michele made her de­but with the al­bum “I Am” in 2007 which spawned the hits “If I Have My Way”, “Best of Me” and “Be OK”.

In 2009 she re­leased the crit­i­cally ac­claimed “Epiphany” which fea­tured a num­ber of hits in­clud­ing “Epiphany (I’m leav­ing)”, “Frag­ile” and “Blame it on Me”. She re­leased her third al­bum “Let Free­dom Reign” in 2010 and then in 2013 dropped “Bet­ter”, nom­i­nated for a 2014 Grammy Award for Best R&B Al­bum. In Novem­ber 2014, Michele re­leased her lat­est project en­ti­tled “The Lyri­cist’s Opus” for dig­i­tal down­load.

Des­tra, who will per­form with the Bakanal Band along­side Chronixx for the open­ing of the fes­ti­val, is one of the big­gest fe­male names in the soca world. The popular en­ter­tainer had Car­ni­val lovers in a frenzy dur­ing the 2015 Trini car­ni­val with her popular “Lucy.”

She also boasts a string of hits that in­clude fan fa­vorites like “Bon­nie & Clyde”, “Come Beta”, “Max It Up”, “I Dare You” and “Queen of Bac­cha­nal” to name just a few.

“As we launch the fes­ti­val in Trinidad, one of our key Caribbean mar­kets, we are thrilled to fur­ther di­ver­sify an al­ready im­pres­sive line-up with the likes of Chrisette Michele and Des­tra. Des­tra is a lead­ing lady and a true Caribbean mu­sic am­bas­sador who has es­tab­lished her­self in a busi­ness typ­i­cally dom­i­nated by males,” noted Tourism Direc­tor Louis Lewis.

Along with Chrisette Michele and Des­tra, other renowned per­form­ers tak­ing cen­ter stage this year in­clude singer/song­writer Robin Thicke, two-time Grammy win­ner Jon Secada, Ja­maican reg­gae mu­si­cian and ac­tor Jimmy Cliff, Latin sen­sa­tion Tim­balive, Amer­i­can rap­per Flo Rida, ac­claimed Paris-based pi­anist Alain Jean Marie fea­tur­ing Grant Ste­wart and two-time Grammy nom­i­nee Joey DeFranceso.

The 11-day fes­ti­val kicks off on April 30 and runs through to May 10 .

Red hot Soca Star Des­tra Garcia & Chrisette Michele

for Jazz and Arts 2015.

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