Craigy T and Tarrus do One More Song

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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Singjay Craigy T is excited about his latest project, a collaboration with reggae singer Tarrus Riley.

The single, One More Song, happened rather serendipitously after Riley overheard the early vocal tracks, which had been laid down by Craigy T, and decided he had to be part of that project. It is produced by Jordan McClure.

"Me, Tarrus, and my artiste Kenny Smith were in the studio one day vibing some of my tracks, and the song just came out of that creative energy. It was completely organic. Then we recorded the song at Chimney Records studios with Jordan. So imagine three musically mad people in one place!" Craigy T told the Jamaica Observer.

A former member of dancehall quartet T.O.K, Craigy T notes the reaction from the public has been nothing short of exciting, and he sees One More Song as that track which will start the ball a rolling for his solo career.

"I can’t begin to say how pleased I am with the reaction that I have been receiving from all quarters for this song. It is great ‘cause, you know, it’s not possible to tell people what to like and what to love, so when the response is so positive you just have to give thanks. It is interesting that the song is getting love from both the radio and the street. It is not often that you get this. As to whether this will be the catalyst for my solo career... I hope so. The truth is everyone wants it to happen as soon as possible for them. So I hope that even if this song is not the one, it will play a role."

Craigy T is using One More Song as the precursor to his debut solo album, which is set for release in the first quarter of next year, although he is still unsure whether or not the track will make the album.

"All the material is ready. We have about 18 recorded songs, the final two are still to be mixed and from that we will chose the best 11. So we are still to decide on that final cut. The album will be titled 1. This represents my first solo project, my first album since we disbanded the group, and also the fact that I now see me as number one. I am staying away from defining the music based on genre as I see everything becoming one music. So I will experiment with other forms of music; I do everything to prevent being placed in a box. You will definitely have a presence of dancehall ‘cause that, of course, is the root."

The One More Song single is expected to be officially released digitally on Craigy T’s GafJam Record label imprint in a matter of weeks.

— Richard Johnson

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