Singer, Claudia about her first time
It is said that one never forgets their first time. I will always remember and cherish mine. I just remember wanting more and realized that I had so much to learn and so much more to give. I will admit that sometimes it hurt, but other times it felt so good that I forgot the pain. I’m taking this opportunity to say thank you to all those who contributed to my First Time.
Addis Abba & Hilary Emmanuel: Thank you for my FIRST introduction to studio recording. You gave of your time to let Gale Frank and myself come into your home studio just to sing until we were tired.
Ricky D: Thank you for having me record with you on your album Ricky D & Friends. My FIRST collaboration and CD. Wallace Tisson: Thank you for producing that album and making me believe that I had potential as a singer, ensuring I did not just backup vocals but also a small lead part in “Reason to Love”. My FIRST studio recording. Arthur Tisson: Thank you for your faith in having me as the front singer for your band Magic Circle Express and later -Tricets. My FIRST ever band experience. Amala Luncheon: Thank you for coming to me and recommending me to Square One to record the song “Electricity” with Allison Hinds in Barbados. My FIRST collaboration with a regional artist/ group – although it got me in some hot water.
Christopher Neil: Thank you for producing my FIRST EP, Sha La La, and didn’t ask a dime. I’m forever grateful.
Toni Nicholas: Thank you for approaching me and offering to manage and market me and my music. My FIRST manager.
Mike Rogers: Thank you for pushing my music. My very FIRST radio play was on your programme and we have remained friends.
Vincent Small Lewis: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to perform with you at Tea Time Jazz in St. Lucia and later on Spice Jazz in Grenada. My FIRST Jazz Festival performances ever. La Place Carenage: Thank you for giving me my very FIRST live Jazz performance with my own band at Tea Time Jazz, my stepping stone to the St. Lucia Jazz Festival.
Stephen Paul: I was in your studio posing for my FIRST professional photo shoot for my album, Sha La La.
Collin Weeks: You shot my very FIRST music video “Don’t wanna” and arranged for all the dancers and props. Thank you.
Jerry George: Thank you for believing in me and deciding that I was worth training to become a radio announcer with RCI. My FIRST introduction to the media world. Radio Caribbean International - My FIRST radio family. You gave me an opportunity that changed my life and pushed my career in the right direction. Pete Gibson, may you rest in eternal peace. You had great faith in me and you stood by me when things got heated. Cable & Wireless (now LIME): I got the opportunity to host “Star Quest”. My FIRST ever TV hosting assignment.
Rick Wayne: The FIRST person to convince me that I could be so much more. Who propelled me to put myself out there and show the world that I was made to shine.
Delia Francois: Thank you for convincing me to accept Sir Derek Walcott’s invitation to be a part of a play that he was auditioning for. From that day at CDF, I have maintained a great relationship with Mr. Walcott and have been acting in many of his productions. My FIRST acting experience on a local and global scale. Sir Derek Walcott: Thank you for taking me beyond singing into acting. My FIRST ever acting role was in the “Helen of Troy”.
Naked Chords: My FIRST full time band. Benton, KC, Bose, Toffy & Malika. You guys are my musical family.
As my musical journey continues, I am glad that you all are still part of my process and progress. I just want to say Thank You for my many FIRST individual experiences, that you each created for and with me. www.claudiaedward.com
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