Cherish Chenice Maynard knows what it’s like to be onstage; and she loves it.
In fact, she has decided it is the place for her to be.
Chenice burst on to the soca scene last year with her two songs Baddest Band and Road Call, which both did creditably for a new artiste. This year, she has come bigger and better. Her two songs for 2016, Fugitive and Larger Than Life, have already begun to get decent airplay on the stations across the island; and Chenice could not be happier.
Speaking to Bajan Vibes in a relaxed interview in Queen’s Park, Chenice said she was humbled and excited about the response to her two songs so far.
“Fugitive is doing really well so far.
I have been hearing it a lot on the stations.
Larger Than Life is my next single and it was released on Monday. That is also doing well. I’ve been hearing it a bit on the radio already.
“There has been a good response to the songs. Everyone has been giving me good feedback; so I am happy about that,” she said.
Chenice had her first official performance of the season last Friday at the Mega Cavalade. Although she admitted she was not completely pleased with the performance, for those looking on, it was a very impressive one. She showed much confidence on the stage.
With a bit more experience, Chenice will be able to rub shoulders with the best of them out there.
“It was nerve-racking and fun all in one. I can’t wait to do it again,” she said.
Although she has no other performances confirmed as yet, Chenice said she was looking forward to the season and all it had to offer.
“With regards to joining a [calypso] tent, I’m not sure as yet, but hopeful I can do some guests appearances with the Energy Band or the Legend Band. Not picking and choosing, I just want to be on the stage,” she added with a shy chuckle.
But Chenice noted she did not want to be labelled a soca artist, as she will be exploring other genres as well, given her past in the Richard Stoute Teen Talent Competition.
“As soon as Crop Over is done, I still plan to bring out music. Maybe some reggae. Christmas is around the corner; so maybe some new Christmas music. But for sure, I don’t want to be boxed in as just a soca artist.”
In the interim, she is excited about all that she can learn from the experienced ones in the industry, especially those she looks up too: Imani, Kirk Brown and Damien Marvay. “For now, I’m just letting the professionals do the music for me and learning from them every step of the way. At this point, I just leave everything in the hands of management,” she explained.
And, no doubt, if she continues to live by her philosophy Music Is Life And Has No Limits, she will go far in the industry.
Chenice also took the opportunity to thank all her sponsors, and all who supported and believed in her this far, for all the love and support.