Cha’Maine takes you on a musical journey knocking gently on the doors of reggae, r&b, jazz and dancehall to create the intrinsic sounds of “Reggae Soul” which is ironically the title of her 2005 debut album. Although the ratio of male to female singers is still unbalanced, this multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer is mere hope for improvement. She vows to break through the barriers that have relegated some of the most powerful voices to background singers with her sophomore album “Here’s To Love.”
The Jamaican native honed her skills while performing in Hall Jackson’s talented teens, the Clarendon Cultural development festival and many other local competitions in Jamaica. She also worked on numerous Dub Plates for Sound Systems before migrating to the US to pursue her academic studies. In her senior year of high school as a member of the NY All City Chorus, she performed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Carnegie Hall and on Broadway for the New York Salute HIV/AIDS benefit. This experience created a myriad of opportunities including becoming a finalist for the Lena Horne scholarship, and offers to Julliard School of Music and Berklee College of Music. After a few false starts, Cha’Maine moved to Raleigh, NC, where she could dedicate herself to writing. However, the local Reggae scene would romance her back into performing and recording.
Cha’Maine’s versatility has given her the opportunity to work with some of the most talented producers, artists and musicians in Reggae: Sidney Mills, Barrington Bailey, Paul “Computer Paul” Henton, Deeboz Music, J.D. Smooth, Marcia Griffiths, Pam Hall, Glen Washington, Clifton “Specialist” Dillon, Courtney Panton, Benjy Myaz, Derrick Barnett, Barrington Levi, Ky-mani Marley, George “Ovationz” Hunter and the late Dennis Brown.
Cha’Maine’s sophomore album ‘Here’s To Love’ is a thematically enriching 14 track album fusing elements of dancehall, reggae, jazz and R&B while subsequently exploring love, relationship and social issues. Sidney Mills of Living Rooms Records and long standing member of world renowned group ‘Steel Pulse’ is the mastermind responsible for most of the albums production. Both producer and artists have developed a nice musical chemistry and its evident with the smooth transitions as the album unfolds.
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