Clau­dia Wows ’Em!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Toni Ni­cholas

What was sup­posed to be just a reg­u­lar night out last Satur­day, where I thought I would lend my sup­port to one of the hard­est work­ing en­ter­tain­ers with my pres­ence, turned out to be a truly amaz­ing evening. Be­yond my ex­pec­ta­tions re­ally!

The oc­ca­sion was the launch of the new al­bum by Clau­dia Ed­ward at The Land­ings where guests were asked to wear white and gold. That, too, I un­der­es­ti­mated as at­ten­dees not only stuck to the theme but the dress code had me think­ing that the Jazz & Arts Fes­ti­val had started ear­lier this year.

Sir Derek Wal­cott, the con­sul­tant in the Min­istry of Cre­ative In­dus­tries Christo­pher Hunte and UWP Political leader Allen Chas­tanet were among the spe­cial in­vi­tees at a preevent press briefing where we were taken through Clau­dia’s mu­si­cal jour­ney - then till now. Larry Bain played the role of racon­teur.

Clau­dia also thanked those who had made the jour­ney pos­si­ble as well as her spon­sors, some of whom were pre­sented with gift pack­ages in­clud­ing her lat­est CD. All of this while guests sipped on JP Chenet from St. Lu­cia Dis­tillers, one of the spon­sors of the evening.

Later that evening guests were shut­tled beach­side at The Land­ings to join oth­ers who had showed up to see and hear the diva de­liver an amaz­ing live per­for­mance at the “free” event.

With quite an over­whelm­ing turnout, fans en­joyed Chair­man’s Re­serve cock­tails while wit­ness­ing the live per­for­mance of tracks from the al­bum ‘On The Edge’ as well as some throw­backs like ‘Sha La La’; Clau­dia was joined by per­former TC Brown on that one.

Clau­dia’s reper­toire with the band in­cluded some edgy pop rock tunes, R&B, bal­lads and Caribbean in­fused rhythms (mainly her orig­i­nals), cap­tured by the band with great pre­ci­sion.

Later, guests who had pur­chased copies of the CD had them au­to­graphed by the singer while they en­gaged her in friendly chat­ter and, of course ,many photo op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The in­ter­ac­tion of guests, fans, in­vi­tees - call them what you want- as well as the sat­is­fied look on their faces com­pleted the story of the night. Clau­dia “The Diva” Ed­ward had taken them ‘On The Edge’ and back and left them want­ing more.

Clau­dia Ed­ward launched her fourth al­bum last Satur­day with a stel­lar per­for­mance at The Land­ings.

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