Bajan artiste moved by Vincentian model’s plight
by Katrina King
Amber Stone is using her soothing and soulful voice to address social issues.
The 24-year-old debuted her single Free Yugge in response to the legal predicament facing a
22-year-old former Vincentian model Yugge Farrell, who was recently confined to a mental institution under court orders after she allegedly hurled insults at the wife of Vincentian minister of finance Camillo Gonsalves – the son of the prime minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves – with whom she was allegedly involved in a sexual relationship.
Shocked and outraged by the situation which has been deemed a human rights violation, Stone recently sat down and put her pen to paper and created the thought-provoking single in the embattled model’s name.
“The story resonated with me and the song flowed right out of me,” Stone told Bajan Vibes.
“I felt that she could easily be me or any other young girl. She is a former model and I felt that she has so much potential and here she is locked in the mental because of something she had to say,” she added.
The story and the song also resonated with Grenadian artist Susan Mains, who asked Stone to perform the single at the art exhibition Westindian Squared, which was held in solidarity with Farrell.
While acknowledging that she was not the most outspoken person in the world, the former Combermere student said she had decided nonetheless to use her God-given gift to make her opinions known.
“I do think that my talent was given to me for a reason and if not to speak about the things that are happening around me in life, I am not sure why [I have it],” Stone said.
“When I wrote Free Yugge I didn’t have any intention of releasing the song . . . . [In fact] a few people said maybe I shouldn’t release the song because it was a political issue [and] I might be putting myself in some spotlight that I didn’t really want, but I felt that it was my responsibility as an artiste,” she stressed.
Since its release, the response to the song has been phenomenal, with the accompanying music video due to be released on April 14.
Borrowing a couple of notes from artistes such as Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone and Erykah Badu, Stone is looking to not only share her experiences with the world, but to touch people along the way.
“If I can sing about the things around me and touch people and change the world, even like one person at a time, that would be my goal as an artiste,” Stone said. [email protected]