by La Shawna Griffith
Twenty-five–year-old Faith Callender is the embodiment of everything creative.
The former Banks Calendar girl, a fulltime soca artiste who performs under her given name Faith, told Bajan Vibes that she is completely different in real life as opposed to her persona on stage.
“ Faith the artiste is fresh, sexy, bold, full of energy and a sight to see on stage really. [However] Faith as a person is quite different as she is more laid back, more off the scene- as I do not party as much unless it is work related. Faith the person is actually quiet and shy,” she said amidst giggles.
Reflecting on Crop Over 2017, Faith said that it was the best year she ever had in the soca arena, due to the fact that she had four songs, which did incredibly well.
“ Last year was really a good year for me. I would say it was my best year yet. I had four songs out, one party, two sweet [soca] and the Bashment Soca collaboration [with Scrilla]. The Bashment Soca collaboration was more a fun kind of thing. We wanted to try something new, something people would never expect from Faith Callender. So we did that and it was really fun, for sure with Scrilla it was always vibes,” a smiling Faith said.
She was also overtly proud of her 2017 song Refill, as it was a song that she wrote.
“ Refill I was especially proud of that because I wrote that and it propelled me to get more out of writing, she said adding that another major highlight for 2017 was making it to the finals of Party Monarch for the first time.
“Last year I made it to the finals of Party Monarch and that was one of the highlights of my year as I always wanted to perform on that stage. So that was definitely one of the highlights and I am coming back again,” she said.
When asked if she found it challenging being a female entertainer in the music industry which is predominately male; Faith said that if you take your craft seriously then you could stand out amongst the men.
“ As a female in the industry, people tend to think that it is really hard because it is so male dominated. But, I think once you show that you are serious and you take your craft seriously; show that you can represent among the men. It is not as hard as it may seem,” she said, while noting that she would like to see women not be victimized in the industry for wearing or singing what they feel.
“I would like for people not to think that because we are women we have to sing certain topics and dress a certain way. You should be free to be who you are. If being sexy is who I am do not think I am putting on these clothes because I need to sell sexuality, this is me. If you are a person who likes to wear long flowing things that is your choice so you should not be victimized for what you wear and what you sing, she said.
Despite this Faith said that she has seen major changes happening in the soca arena where women are considered.
“ I think the movement is changing as a lot more females are doing the whole soca thing. More opportunities are being presented to us as well, so I would say the platform is not level but it is getting there,” she said, adding that she is extremely excited for Crop Over 2018.
“Definitely I am excited. I think this is the most excited I have ever been. The project is bigger than last year for sure. A lot more music, more visuals, music videos and a lot of images this project is a big one that I feel good about and I cannot wait to tell the general public about it but I am keeping things under the table, she said, adding that persons can follow her new website https://www.yagottahavefaith.com. (LG)