Barbadian singer songwriter David Kirton takes the road less traveled and it leads him to Universal Music, Canada
The road less traveled by the majority of Barbadian singer songwriters is the route taken by Modern roots reggae artist David Kirton, over 10 years in the Barbados music industry and still no Soca song.
With his fourth album ‘Time for change‘ it would seem that his steady course of recording and releasing what has been described by international press as a unique hybrid of reggae, pop and rock is finally paying off for this green eyed, dreadlocked son of the soil.
Bird’s Eye Music has secured a distribution and promotion deal for Kirton’s ‘Time for Change‘ album in Canada with Universal Music. The promotional campaign is being lead by Soul Kiss Music’s, Brian La Roche. Kirton’s three music videos including BMA video of Year 08, Green Camouflage, and Time for Change directed by 2 time Pulitzer Winner, Tom Krueger are part of Universal promotional video compilations and soon will in rotation at Foot Locker stores and other plasma screens in Malls through out Canada.
The lead single ‘Time for Change‘ has been added to rotation on Canada’s top radio stations including Mix FM , CIFX-FM, CHUM, CFBT, Z103 and very recently Flow 93.5 for their Barbados day celebration. Kirton has made the Inside Pace Makers List at Universal Urban Promo Canada.
Time for Change album release date is July 22nd an will culminate with a LIVE acoustic performance and interview on MTV Much Music. Kirton will be in Canada for over a week conducting a support tour for the album release including interviews on numerous radio stations, Clip Trips, Sun TV, WE Magazine and That Radio.
Live performances will include the City Youth Fest in Toronto on July 26th among others. Accompanying Kirton will be his lead guitarist / music director from N. California, Andre Johnson who also performed with Kirton at his resent RHS Chelsea Flower Show performance and BBC interviews in London.
One of the interesting things about Kirton is that he is signed to his own Barbadian Record Label, Bird’s Eye Music Inc which he started with his manager in 1998 with a loan from CIBC to record his first album, Stranger. At a time when banks or any agency in Barbados were notoriously not lending money to artists Mr. William Swammy, loan manager at he time saw potential and took a chance with Kirton.
That critically acclaimed album produced by Chris Allman took him to Midem Cannes where he was called ‘Best new act ‘ by Rolling Stone Magazine and was picked up by RAS Records. The strength of the release opened the door for the Barbados stage on the TEVA Spirit of Unity Tour that also featured Biggy Irie and Arturo Tappin.
Two subsequent albums followed Modern Roots produced by Mikey Bennett and recorded in Tuff Gong and Grafton Studios JA which Kirton promoted on tour with Culture in 2000 and 2001 and Island songs for Children, licenced by Toy giant Fisher Price. Time for Change was produced in Barbados by Chris Allman with touches from De Red Boyz and Van Gibbs and yielded the hits Green Camouflage, Time for Change, Free to Fly and Sugar, a slave story featuring poetry rap by TV star Gary Dourdan from CSI.
With his catalogue and publishing still firmly in the hands of a Barbadian label it bodes well as an example for future singer song writers out of our island and the development of the cultural export industries.
This distribution deal with Universal is the first of many Territorial partnerships for Bird’s Eye Music and Kirton. After the Canadian launch Kirton is off to Los Angeles for a short tour including a show on August 10th at the world famous Malibu Inn on Pacific Coast Highway sponsored by Los Angeles # 1 Underground music radio station Indie 103.1 FM .
Kirton’s band for that event will include top Los Angeles musicians from well known bands including Untouchables, Fishbone, English Beat, G Thang and producers for THE Chronic Album. Kirton’s next performance in Barbados is Nov 8th at The Virgin Atlantic Music Festival with his Barbadian band featuring painter from Kirton’s music videos William Attaway and Andre Johnson on lead guitar.