Alison Hinds shares words of encouragement & support for Honey Jam Barbados
Soca Queen Alison Hinds spoke recently at a Honey Jam Barbados Press Conference, sharing some words of wisdom from her wealth of experience in the industry. She let the artistes know what lies ahead for them and how much hard work and determination is necessary to succeed and have longevity in the business.
20 artists were announced for the 2013 lineup, representing a diverse variety of musical genres including folk, alternative, soca, hip hop, pop, jazz, R&B, gospel and soul.
Sponsor respresentatives from United Insurance, Scotiabank, BIDC, SLAM 101.fm and Divi Southwinds all spoke about their commitment and support of the Honey Jam Barbados programme and that they are happy to be involved to help the young artists in their career development. Scotiabank announced that in addition to financial support of the workshops and concert, they will be offering each of the artists one on one financial planning consultation.
Show producer Ebonnie Rowe announced that while most of their workshops are exclusively for the artists who are part of the Honey Jam lineup, through the support of the BIDC and the Ministry of Finance’s Arts and Sport Fund, she will be producing a free workshop open to the public entitled “Getting Your Music Off the Rock” on Friday, November 22. Shontelle Layne and Vita Chambers are schedule to fly in with their managers to participate in the workshop and attend the concert. Rowe said that she had wanted to involve Shontelle and VIta since she started Honey Jam in Barbados 3 years ago and is elated that they will be giving back in this way.
Amanda Reifer participated as a workshop panellist last year and she and the Cover Drive band and their manager Kerry Thomas Armstrong participated as audition judges this year. Livvi Franc was also approached to be a part of the initiative over the past few years, particularly for the songwriting workshop, but her schedule has not yet allowed her to participate. “I think it’s important for the artists to hear from other young artists not too far from their age who can relate to their struggles and share their real world experiences in the industry.
The next event for the artists is a free songwriting workshop taking place this Sunday featuring panellists iNDRANi, Simon Pipe, KITE and Vivian Barclay, head of Warner Chappell Music Publishing.