Canadian reggae singer Bonnie Casey departed the Lester B Pearson International Airport in Toronto for Kingston, Jamaica where she will begin work on her debut album which will be released later this year.
“I am hoping this first album will win me a Grammy award” a confident Casey said.
“I know it may sound kind of strange to be talking about Grammy awards even before I record the first song on the album but that is where my head is right now. To have my music recognized by an organization as important as the Grammy Awards is like the gold star that an artiste can achieve in this industry” she disclosed.
The Canadian reggae songstress said her management team is moving forward with a hectic production schedule for the new album so it can be completed in time to qualify for the Grammy Awards next year. Grammy winning producers Sly & Robbie, who produced such icons as Grace Jones, Joe Crocker, No Doubt, Gwen Guthrie, Carlos Santana, Sinead O’Connor, Matisyau, Simply Red, Shabba and Shaggy will head honcho the project. Dean Frazier who crafted the careers of Tarus Riley, Dwayne Stephenson and Luciano will also assist with production work on the disc. Her manager Copeland Forbes will also hand pick a few reggae singers/djs for her to collaborate with.
“I realise this is my first album but I feel I will be working with the best set of producers and artists in the world” she said.
“I have set the bar extremely high in terms of what I want to achieve in this music business. I have a solid management team and will push myself to achieve my stated goals. The sky is the limit!” she disclosed.
While in Jamaica Casey will attend rehearsals for her upcoming tour with Toots & the Maytals, reggae messenger Luciano, Warrior King, Ernie Ranglin and The Messenjah Band in April. The former Miss World Canada Beauty pageant finalist recently earned two nominations for “Most Promising New Reggae Artist” and “Best Female Vocalists” at the 2011 Reggae Music Achievement Awards (RMAA). The RMAA will be held on June 4th at the Jamaican Canadian Association, 995 Arrow Rd in Toronto, Canada. In addition to the awards presentation, fans will be treated to an all-star show with performances from award winning international reggae crooner Gramps Morgan, George Nooks and Trilla U. Supporting acts include Exco Levi, Jill Donaldson, Nicole Green, Jimmy Reid and Tony Anthony.