AFTER nearly 15 years on the music circuit, singer Torch is preparing for his biggest project to date — the release of his first album, Ever Burning Flame.
The set will be distributed by Penthouse Records, the Kingston label Torch has been associated with for the past decade.
"It's been a long time coming an' it's only fair that the people finally hear what Torch is about," he said.
Ever Burning Flame is produced by Penthouse head Donovan Germain who has called the shots on most of the singer's recordings including Quality Time and Freedom. The former was released in 2004 while Freedom is included on Penthouse's Beres Hammond tribute album from last year.
Torch is also pleased that all the songs on Ever Burning Blame was handled by the same producer, a policy which is not the norm in contemporary dancehall/reggae.
"I don't really want to get played out, I've worked with different producers an' yuh voicing a lot of songs until it get out of control," he said. "At the end of the day, yuh don't see anything, so I feel comfortable working with one producer even though it don't stop mi from working with other people."
The Trench Town-born Torch says he has always been into music. While a student at Camperdown High School, he remembers tuning in to Beenie Man, Bounty Killer and Sizzla.
His own career started in 1998 with the song On and On for producer Claude Sinclair's Big Stone Records. He did two more songs for Sinclair, Let Them Stumble and Black Woman, before making the move to Penthouse.
To date, the partnership has yielded songs like Quality Time, which Torch rates as his most successful composition to date. He says the song made independent charts in France, while his cover of Freedom also did well on reggae lists in Britain.
Ever Burning Flame is expected to be released in October.