Jamaica Irie, says Oliver Smoothe
OLIVER 'Oliver Smoothe' Gordon sees being named a top 10 finalist in the Festival Song Competition organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) as a major career accomplishment.
The finale is scheduled for the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, on Saturday.
"It was a joy to be selected. It is a great feeling to have been selected out of so many competitors. I feel privileged because of what JCDC represents. The JCDC represents Jamaica, and as far as I am concerned, I am representing Jamaica," Gordon told the Jamaica Observer.
His entry is titled Jamaica Irie. Written by him, he said it represents his passion for his wonderful country. It is produced by Grub Cooper of Fab 5 fame.
"I have had the opportunity to travel abroad, to other Caribbean islands, the US, and Europe. I realise that Jamaica has so much to offer and I don't think we appreciate what we have. I hope the song results in us, Jamaicans, embracing more of what we have. That was my motivation behind the song," he said.
Gordon has been on the music scene for the past 17 years and has tour with groups including Unique Vision and Fab 5 band.
According to him, he launched his career with a group called The Heartbreakers immediately after graduating from St Andrew Technical High School in St Andrew.
"I have been singing since I was six years old. I worked at Carlong Publishers for 10 years and resigned in 2000. While I was there, I did Pantomime and Unique Vision. I realised it was a bit hectic and music was my passion, so I resigned and chose music," Gordon said.
Gordon said that watever the outcome on Saturday, he has already made the decision to have a prosperous career in the music industry.
— Ainsworth Morris