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Reggae performer desmond has taken his music all around the world. From Europe and the Caribbean all the way to U.S. locations such as New Orleans and Fort Worth, the singer has made a habit of having his music accepted wherever he goes.
On this EP, the singer gets a chance to show what he can do vocally, and its a pretty amazing thing. The opening title cut is one where he gets to show his love of the Reggae music art form, and also shows his personal philosophy about keeping your chin up when things look at their bleakest.
Speaking of having deep personal strength, the singer exudes that phrase on the self-evident Makes Me Stronger, and the set finishes off with the excellent No One. With music this strong, Ive got a feeling that 2020 could very well be desmond's year!
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So whose down with a Reggae music singer who is classically trained? What you are about to hear is different in every sense of the word. desmond is truly his own man behind the microphone. Based in New Orleans, his voice is almost operatic, almost caberet and all heart.
The best single on his current EP is called "No One," as it combines this voice of his with traditionally rootsy Reggae music, like back-in-the-day Trojan Reggae music . When I first heard this I wasn't totally sure I liked it...I didn't know what to make of it...then I decided in short order that I loved it.
desmond is a seasoned performer having toured the US, Europe and the Caribbean extensively, and it is without question he takes pride in himself and his music. If the ten tracks soon to be released are like the three on his EP, you can be sure you will be getting some seriously feel-good music.
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Jamaican to perform on 'Apollo Live'
Sadeke Brooks, Staff Reporter
With the aim of promoting Jamaica worldwide, United States-based artiste desmond said he tried to represent the country to the best of his ability when he participated in the Apollo Live reality series that will be aired later this year.
Some time ago, desmond said he auditioned for the show when it went to Atlanta and he was invited to be part of it. This was way better than his previous attempt where he got to the top of the line to enter the auditorium right in time to hear that auditions had ended.
Nonetheless, he said he was pleased with his three-day experience on the show that will be aired on November 25 on BET/Centric. He said he was the only Caribbean person on the show, and only one other act performed an original song.
"I met a lot of important people. I worked with a really good band. To go in an environment like that and people seem to like my music, it was very encouraging," he told The Gleaner.
"It was a good experience and it was a good opportunity to get my music played to this packed house of people. It boosts my confidence to step out more than I have in the past year or so."
desmond does mostly reggae music, ska and soul, but has started to sing funk because that is what his band is comfortable playing.
Reggae music was the genre he chose for 'Apollo Live'.
"I feel more obligated to wave the flag more than when I was in Jamaica. I used to sing alternative music but since I have been here, I think it is important to do what I am doing," said desmond, who migrated to the US eight years ago.
In addition to singing reggae music during his performances, desmond says he also represents Jamaica by wearing the national colours on the show. During the events, he also claims to promote the food, music, athletics and friendliness of Jamaicans.
As he waits for the show to be aired, desmond says he is still heavily promoting his Losers Never Win EP. He says he has sold about 2,000 physical copies and several online. Ultimately, however, he would like to get someone to represent him and eventually perform at concerts in Europe.
But that is not the only thing on his plate, as he is currently completing a Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Soundout Song Reviews
"Very nice opening with the drum beat, sax and piano. Singer has an interesting voice, very distinctive. I like the harmonies, as well. The lyrics are nice, too, inspirational without being too cheesy. I'd like to see this one get some radio play. (review of Losers Never Win)"
"i told him that I want to be a winner" lyrics offering such a great theme here, tells how positive mind make all happen. The male voice was perfect for the track. The piano and other music was good. (review of Losers Never Win)
"This sounded so soothing. the vocals sure helped in that feeling, and also the music. I think this was a professional sounding song and everything here was helpful in that, the background vocals and everything. Loved this. (review of Makes Me Stronger)"
"Very beautiful intro! The trumpet is really impressive and the piano is played very well! Nice tunes! Really amazing! I like the percussion pretty much! The singer sounds very good! The background singer sound great! Very great track! It is well arranged and progressed! It has nice transitions and breaks! Very nice bridges! I love it! (review of Makes Me Stronger)"
"Great intro! Lovely tunes! :D The singer has a great voice! The womens' voices are beautiful and are a great addition to the man's voice!! The saxophone is very amazing! Nice solo! Really nice! The piano is good! The drums are good, too! :) The song sounds really relaxing and it is nice listening to it! Great song! (review of No One)"