Betty B’s fresh start

UK Barbados Nation - - EDITORIAL -

SINGER BETTY GRIF­FITH-PAYNE has a new name, a new EP, and a new at­ti­tude.

Betty B launched her new four track al­bum

Be­hind Bars at Limegrove Lifestyle Cen­tre be­fore a gath­er­ing of fam­ily, friends, singers, mu­si­cians, in­dus­try play­ers, sup­port­ers and other spe­cially in­vited guests.

The tracks Light My Fire, Prac­tice, So High, and Why Should I Stay (Why SIS) fea­tur­ing Cana­dian rap­per Snow were pro­duced by Grammy Award- win­ning mu­si­cian, artiste, pro­ducer, song­writer Printz Board from Los An­ge­les and

Gary Mcau­ley of the pop­u­lar Cana­dian pop group

The Mcau­ley Boys.

The songs, avail­able on Spo­tify and itunes, have an in­ter­na­tional sound with a Caribbean feel, catchy vibes, and good lyrics.

Printz told Week­end Buzz that he and

Betty worked to­gether writ­ing the lyrics so

“it’s her story within it.

“The en­ergy, the con­cept and the vibes and ev­ery­thing I helped to mould that,” he said.

Betty said that dur­ing her in­car­cer­a­tion she didn’t know how she would have made it with­out God. That pe­riod also showed her that mak­ing mu­sic and singing was re­ally what she should be do­ing.

The EP comes al­most two years af­ter man­ager and in­vestor Ralph Weekes set the wheels in mo­tion for

Betty B to work with the in­ter­na­tional pro­duc­ers. It was dur­ing a visit to Bar­ba­dos that Weekes had in­vited Mcau­ley to hear Betty per­form at Sandy Lane.

“Ralph said ‘I re­ally think she’s got it. I’d love for her to break out of Bar­ba­dos, and the world to know her.’ That was around Christ­mas two years ago,” he said.

Four good demos

Af­ter brain­storm­ing, he put to­gether a team which in­cluded Printz Board. Later, the three men flew back to Bar­ba­dos so Printz could hear Betty.

“We de­vised a plan to get to­gether in Canada, Los An­ge­les and Bar­ba­dos. So she would come to my stu­dio to do a stint. Go to LA in the stu­dio there at Printz [he’s the for­mer mu­sic di­rec­tor of the Black Eye

Peas] . . . and so we in­tro­duced her slowly to a lit­tle bit of peo­ple. Out of that we came up with four demos I thought were pretty good,” Mcau­ley said.

He said they de­cided to make a sin­gle of Why Should I Stay, which fea­tures Dar­rin Snow O’brien, and a mu­sic video was shot in Bar­ba­dos and Canada.

Mcau­ley also said he thought her name should be changed. So, he came up with Betty Bar­ba­dos or

Betty B for short.

Weekes told guests how he met Betty and how the pro­ject came to­gether. His un­wa­ver­ing sup­port of her was ev­i­dent when he noted that they de­cided to launch her EP in Bar­ba­dos af­ter she was she un­able to travel to Canada and the US due to the drug charges she was ar­rested on last year.

He also said: “I have a con­fes­sion to make. Ev­ery time I would be at Sandy Lane I would ask Betty to sing a song for me. It’s called You Are Sim­ply The Best. Betty was of the mis­guided be­lief it was about me. I wanted Betty to know tonight that’s how

I thought about her. You are sim­ply the best!”

(GBM)

THE AU­DI­ENCE re­ally loved Comber­mere School’s Tavon Boyce’s ren­di­tion of Mu­sic And Me.

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