IT was a weary Hezron who sat down recently for an interview with the Sunday Observer.
Entertainers are not known as early risers and the effects of a late night on the town was evident.
The singer's debut album, the double disc The Life I Live(d), was released in May by Tad's Records. There will be an official launch July 15 in Kingston.
There are 26 songs on The Life I Live(d), including So in Love, Forever, Those Days and Always and Can't Come Between (with Shaggy). Most of the disc, however, includes recent recordings like Can't Tek The Pressure, Superwoman and Message From the Grave.
"The songs wey people know over the years, mi couldn't put out a CD an' nuh put dem on it," he said. "It show how consistent Hezron is."
But while he has popular songs to his name, the burly vocalist admits he has some work to do to become a recoginsed artiste.
Many of his recordings, such as So in Love and Forever and Always, are ballads. New cuts, like the acoustic Can't Tek The Pressure, appeal to a different audience.
"This is reggae, it's about love an' social issues. It's the Jamaican story," he said.
Produced by Bobby Digital, So in Love introduced Hezron to dancehall fans in 2008. Born in Reading, St James, he migrated to the United States in the late 1990s, and recorded a handful of R&B songs for Def Jam (Things Are Not The Same) and Warner Bros (27 Years).
Forever and Always and Those Days were strong follow-ups to So in Love, yet Hezron is keen for The Life I Live(d) to tap into virgin territory.
"Promotion is the key. Wi want people put a face to the songs an' July 15 is a stepping stone for me," he said.
— Howard Campbell