Antonio releases second album

Howard Campbell

Saturday, June 02, 2012

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REGGAE singer Antonio says diversity will be an hallmark of his second album, due out later this year.

Antonio, who lives in Birmingham, England, admits it is tougher for reggae artistes in Britain to break in that country than their Jamaican counterparts.

"The people here (in England) always looking for something coming out of Jamaica. The music produced in England just don't seem to connect," he said.

Therefore, the 38 year-old believes it is important to give fans a mixed bag.

"I'm a lovers rock singer but I try different things. It's not good to be on one track," he said.

Lovers Guide and So Amazing, both originals, are two of the songs earmarked for the upcoming album which will be released 12 years after his debut, So Many Signs.

Antonio has been working with producers Errol Roddick and Daniel Grant on his sophomore set which, though featuring different styles, will have an authentic 'yard' feel.

Born Maurice Silvera in Port Antonio, Antonio says he has been performing since 12 years old. His first recorded song, Woman a You Mi Want, was done in 1995 for the Black Lion label in his hometown.

For the last 12 years, Antonio has worked the European scene, recording "loads of tracks" mainly for Sun Vibes Records out of Dortmund, Germany.

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