Clau­dia Ed­ward

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In the is­lands, we’re used to our reg­gae, soca and even jazz artistes, but it’s a rare thing to find a per­former who veers from the Caribbean vibe into al­ter­na­tive rock. Saint Lu­cian songstress Clau­dia Ed­ward, for­mally monikered ‘The Diva,’ is one such artiste, although over the course of her ca­reer she has dab­bled in many mu­si­cal gen­res, just to stretch her wings and find her strength. Af­ter a long stint in Thai­land, where she has a de­voted fol­low­ing, Clau­dia is back in Saint Lucia for the re­lease of her fourth stu­dio al­bum, recorded and pro­duced over the course of the last year at home and abroad. Clau­dia’s first al­bum was re­leased back in 1999, although she de­scribes it as more an EP with five songs; her sec­ond was en­ti­tled ‘Ded­i­ca­tion,’ recorded af­ter the death of her fa­ther, and in 2010, her third al­bum ‘My Check’ sealed her rep­u­ta­tion as an al­ter­na­tive rock ta­lent with her most recog­nised track ‘Bro­ken Wings.’ “I see ev­ery al­bum as bet­ter than the last, but ear­lier I was ex­per­i­ment­ing with reg­gae, R&B, bal­lads and all sorts of gen­res. That’s my genre, and when peo­ple re­sponded to ‘Bro­ken Wings’ so pos­i­tively I re­alised it’s my genre; when I per­form I want to feel en­er­getic and al­ter­na­tive rock puts me there.” ‘On The Edge’ lines up a se­ries of pro­duc­ers such as Rawl ‘Rossi’ Al­cide and Fran­cis ‘Leebo’ De Lima in Saint Lucia, and Christo­pher Neil in New Jer­sey, along with col­lab­o­ra­tions with in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Saint Lu­cian jazz gui­tarist Ron­ald ‘Boo’ Hink­son and lo­cal artistes Tr­ish and The Mecca among oth­ers. The al­bum re­lease is set for the first week of March, in time for the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Fes­ti­val 2016 in May, where has been a fix­ture at the pop­u­lar Fire Grill Jazz Week for sev­eral years, and is look­ing for­ward to join­ing the play­bill again this year. Look out for Clau­dia with her band Naked Chords, not only in Saint Lucia but also in up­com­ing Caribbean fes­ti­vals and events. Find out more about Clau­dia Ed­ward’s mu­sic, events and con­cert dates on So­cial Me­dia.

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