Life music singer O’Neil Duncan is returning to the local music scene with a new album dubbed I Know of which the first single is What We Need is Love.
Duncan who is no stranger to the music business started out when he formed a group called Accapella Flames while attending Cornwall College in the early 90’s. After moving to Cayman a few years ago to teach he joined another group called Clarity which went on to win the gospel song competition in the Cayman Islands in 2006. The group also had success with the release an album in the same year of which O’Neil was the principal writer and arranger of eight of its ten songs.
O’Neil is definitely one to watch on the local music scene in Jamaica and the region. The artiste has a wide repertoire of music and has shared the stage with the likes of Cece Winans, Acappella, FC Barnes and Kirk Franklyn to name a few in past years.
Now, O’Neil returns with a new flavor and material in the form of his first solo album; I Know. The album which will be released on October 1, 2011 is packed with a host of inspirational treats such as I Know, The Wind Blows and Go Forth.
O’Neil says while he has been categorized as a gospel singer he sees himself as someone who sings life music: “The first single off the album which is called What We Need is Love and a good listen to it will show you that this music is not just for Christians but has a wider appeal. When I write a song, I am trying to reach the man, woman or child on the street who is having personal issues. I seek to be an inspiration to them and when they listen to my songs they are supposed to feel hope and understand that someone understands the plight they are facing in their life”.
For his first single Duncan says he chose What We Need is Love because of the current situation in Jamaica: “When you live in Cayman and you watch the news and read the papers sometimes you want to cry when you see how our paradise is slowly being destroyed. I know from experience that love can conquer all evil and that’s why I chose this song to lead the album. What Jamaica really needs right now is love.
The video for What We Need is Love was shot in Coronation Market last week by ace video Director Asha of Fareye Films and will be released locally and intentionally in a few weeks.