‘EMPRESS’ putting music on track
DISSATISFIED with direction Jamaica's music industry was heading, American Gloria Williams-Grant wanted to contribute positively. So, two years ago, she set up the Pennsylvania-based Empress Productions. The company specialises in artiste management and events promotions.
"I believe the state of the music industry is going the wrong way. Everybody has a beef with somebody. Nobody helps their fellow artistes and some of the performances need much to be desired. I would like music to be music again," Williams-Grant, 50, told the Jamaica Observer.
Born in New Jersey, Williams-Grant's husband and grandfather are Jamaicans. It was on one of her several trips to the island said she observed the worrisome trend.
"My artistes have real messages that I plan on spreading throughout the world. It doesn't have to be down and depressing, it just needs to be real," she said.
Her roster includes the talents of up-and-coming artistes Tarnado, Trapycal, SwagForce and Gallo.
"I have always supported new artistes to get there music heard unofficially, because of my connections. But now I do it professionally," she said.
Williams-Grant is a representative of Swaggas Independent Records label in the United States.
On June 14, Empress Productions will showcase its talents at Comfitanya Restaurant and Lounge in Mountain View, St Andrew. Other acts from the community are also scheduled to perform.
- Cecelia Campbell-Livingston