Entertainment

Hall back on the dancefloor

BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer staff reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com

Monday, July 07, 2014    

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SINGER Pam Hall continues her comeback with Dance Away, her latest song.

Recorded on the Virquarian label, the single is a joint production between Hall, Sly Dunbar and Errol Wilson.

Known for lovers' rock hits like Perfidia and Dear Boopsie, Hall says she went for a different sound on Dance Away.

"It's not really reggae...it's done old R&B style with a little touch of jazz and a tinge of reggae," she told the Observer.

Hall has been "taking things slow" in recent times. Last year, she returned to the scene with the single, Sound of Love.

Her previous recordings, done in 2011, included a cover of Al Green's Let's Stay Together. The following year, she did shows in the United States and South America as a member of the I-Three.

Hall is currently working on her fourth album, which she says "is long overdue".

Her last album, Songs In the Key of Dancehall, was released in 2007 and featured covers of pop and jazz standards such as Moonlight Lover, Broken Hearted Melody and I Second That Emotion.

"I have enough songs for the albumº I just wanted to ensure I have some newer recordings on it," she said.

Pam Hall has been in the music business for almost 40 years. She started out as a member of the duo Pam and Woody with the 1978 hit song Book of Life.

She has also enjoyed an outstanding career as a back-up vocalist, working with a diverse list of artistes including Beres Hammond, Jimmy Cliff, Queen Latifah, Tracy Chapman, Eryka Badu and Eve.

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