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.