Soca Queen Alison Hinds spoke at the recent Honey Jam Barbados Press conference, sharing some words of wisdom from her wealth of experience in the industry.
She let the artistes know what lay ahead for them, and how much hard work and determination were necessary to succeed and to have longevity in the entertainment business. Alison encouraged the artistes to take full advantage of the free workshops being offered as part of the Honey Jam Barbados initiative, saying she wished there had been a similar programme when she was coming up.
Twenty artists were announced for the 2013 Honey Jam line-up, representing a diverse variety of musical genres, including folk, alternative, soca, hip hop, pop, jazz, R&B, soul and gospel.
Sponsor representatives from United Insurance, Scotiabank, BIDC, SLAM 101. FM and Divi Southwinds all spoke about their commitment to and support for the Honey Jam Barbados programme and their pleasure in helping young artistes in their career development.
Scotiabank announced that in addition to financial support of the workshops and concert, it would be offering each of the artistes one-on-one financial planning consultation.
Show producer Ebonnie Rowe announced that while most of the Honey Jam workshops were exclusively for the artistes who are part of the Honey Jam lineup, through the support of the BIDC and the Ministry of Finance’s Arts And Sport Fund, there would be a free public workshop entitled Getting Your Music Off the Rock on Friday, November 22.
Shontelle Layne and Vita Chambers are scheduled to fly in with their managers to participate in the workshop and attend the concert.
Rowe said that she had wanted to involve Shontelle and Vita since she started Honey Jam in Barbados three years ago and was elated they would be “giving back in this way”.
Amanda Reifer, who participated as a workshop panellist last year, and Cover Drive manager Kerry Thomas Armstrong were audition judges this year.
Livvi Franc was also approached to be a part of the initiative over the past few years, particularly for the songwriting workshop, but her heavy schedule would not permit participation.
“I think it’s important for the artistes to hear from other young artistes, not too far from their age, who can relate to their struggles and share their real-world experiences in the industry,” Rowe said.
The next event for the artistes is a songwriting workshop Sunday, featuring panelists iNDRANi, Simon Pipe, KITE and Vivian Barclay, head of Warner Chappell Music Publishing.