Betty B’s fresh start
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!”
THE AUDIENCE really loved Combermere School’s Tavon Boyce’s rendition of Music And Me.