Another major live show has joined the north coast entertainment and it has soul...lots of soul. The two day live event will feature superb performances from music greats we love with short band changes and an atmosphere of smooth grooving.
Produced by veteran festival producer, Junior Taylor, the inaugural Soul In The Sun concert is scheduled for October 10-12 at The Aqueduct in Montego Bay.
While other festivals focus on jazz, reggae, dance hall and pop, Soul In The Sun is geared towards lovers of Rhythm and Blues. Complete Entertainment Services, promoters of Soul In The Sun, present two nights of all-star R&B acts who ruled from the late 1970s to the early 2000s.The festival comes to a close with a beach party on Sunday, October 12.
The festival will feature acts from the 1980s and 1990s with Keith Sweat, Johnny Gill, Dru Hill and Silk who all flourished during this era. Peabo Bryson, Jeffrey Osbourne, Howard Hewitt (of Shalamar fame), Regina Belle and Freddie Jackson are featured acts on night two of the festival.
Taylor describes the show as “genre specific”. He points out that while it appeals to fans who were weaned on R&B/soul music of the past 35 years, the current generation can also identify with the artistes’ timeless songs.
“Their songs are still being played on radio so young people know of them. A lot of them have been here before but not performing together,” said Taylor.
Osbourne, Jackson and Belle are no strangers to Jamaican audiences. They have been coming to Jamaica for over 20 years and have established a loyal fan base. Dru Hill, one of the leading lights of the 1990s and early 2000s, has performed at one of Taylor’s projects, Reggae Sumfest. Led by the dynamic singer Sisqo, they are best known for the songs, In My Bed and How Deep is Your Love For Me. Silk, like Dru Hill, was one of many harmony groups that emerged in the 1990s. They had big hits like Freak Me and Girl U For Me
Hewitt is an interesting inclusion. His distinctive tenor was responsible for a number of Shalamar’s hits including Second Time Around and Night to Remember. The group was signed to SOLAR (Sounds Of Los Angeles Records), an independent label that also had acts like Lakeside, Dynasty, The Whispers and then budding singer/songwriter Babyface, on its books.
Peabo Bryson and Jeffrey Osbourne have been recording hit songs since the late 1970s; Bryson launched his own recording career in 1976 with Underground Music on Bang Label. This was followed by Peabo, the first of twenty studio albums. The artiste’s solo hits include, Feel The Fire and If Ever Your In My Arms Again. Follow-up hits include the Grammy-winning A Whole New World (with Regina Belle) and his solo Can You Stop The Rain.
Osbourne started his career with the band LTD which had a smash hit with Love Song, an enduring ballad that is a staple on Jamaican radio. Among his solo hits are You Should be Mine (The Woo Woo Song) and On The Wings of Love.
Taylor is a veteran of Jamaica’s live show scene. He has worked on major events such as Reggae Sunsplash, Reggae Sumfest and the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, and has produced smaller shows on the North Coast.
Soul In The Sun takes place October 10-12 with two days of festival and a beach party on the Sunday. The event is sponsored by Jamaica Tourist Board, Ocean Spray and more.