A mat­ter of time for Dr Love

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - ENTERTAINM­ENT -

AS­PIR­ING reg­gae singer/pro­ducer Dr Love has high hopes for his Hard Times reg­gae rhythm pro­ject. “The rid­dim was built in Guyana and I voiced two Guyanese artistes on it in­clud­ing Guyanese artiste Timeka Mar­shall. I reached out to Mr Ve­gas, who I hadn’t spo­ken to in eight years, about col­lab­o­rat­ing on it and he gave me a song called En­tan­gle­ment.

I reached out to Tony Rebel and Ever­ton Blender and they voiced for me, so I am re­ally proud of the pro­ject,” said Dr Love, whose real name is Christo­pher Crooks.

Dr Love, who is also a vlog­ger, said he came to the re­al­i­sa­tion that the fu­ture prospects in that arena were lim­ited and he needed to in­vest in some­thing more sus­tain­able.

“I am glad I have changed, I am glad that I have grown. I am also glad that there was so­cial me­dia that could open up a plat­form for me to be a vlog­ger. Now, I have changed from that neg­a­tive to pos­i­tive and I am hop­ing to get the sup­port from the pub­lic as a pro­ducer,” he said.

The Hard Times rhythm pro­ject will be re­leased on the MCCS Mu­sic la­bel in De­cem­ber. The ti­tle track, Hard Times is col­lab be­tween Gin­jah and him­self.

“I had never spo­ken to Gin­jah be­fore but I reached out to him via Face­book to give me a strength and he re­sponded that he would do it. I wrote Hard Times when I was broke, and went into my son’s piggy bank for $20, and then some­one called me for a job and I haven’t looked back since; it was a real life sit­u­a­tion. The re­sponse to the song has been very good,” said Dr Love.

Other artistes on the pro­ject in­clude Exco Levi, Timeka Mar­shall, Ever­ton Blender, Pinch­ers, Delly Ranks, Tony Rebel, An­thony B, Abby Dal­las, Mr Ve­gas, and Da’ville.

Dr Love spent his early years in Luidas Vale, St Cather­ine. Af­ter mi­grat­ing to Florida in 1996, he worked in con­struc­tion and later con­cert pro­mo­tion.

He first recorded a sin­gle, Now Am Strong, with Da’ville which was re­leased in 2009. He re­leased his first EP, Real Friends, in 2017. He last re­leased a sin­gle and video called Baby Girl in 2019.

Now, he is turn­ing his full at­ten­tion to­wards the Hard Times rhythm pro­ject.

“This pro­duc­tion was or­dained to hap­pen be­cause none of these artistes have never de­clined an in­vi­ta­tion to record or asked me for money, they were just happy to be a part of the pro­ject,” Dr Love added.

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