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Can I get an AMEN?

Nesbeth prepares to release first album

Observer writer

Thursday, September 13, 2018

“What kind of music do you like?” Nesbeth asked, as he discussed his debut album, AMEN, scheduled for release on October 26.

According to the singer, gathering insight into the preferences of people can only help him be a better artiste.

Nesbeth has managed to strike a chord musically. His 2015 song, My Dream, was an anthem which he performed at Prime Minister Andrew Holness inauguration.

My Dream is also used at high school graduations, and its follow-up, Success Story, had many Jamaicans reciting affirmations.

He hopes AMEN will be a continuation. The album will be available for pre-release on September 28.

“I hope whatever we package is what people are looking for,” he told the Jamaica Observer. “I put my heart and mind in it, and I want people to take away the realness of everything. It's real-life situations and hopefully it will inspire some people to just be real for once in their life — it's not a fabricated project.”

AMEN stands for Ann-Marie Elliott-Nesbeth, the singer's late wife who passed away in 2016 from complications due to cancer. The project comprises 12 tracks including an ode in the title song, and Remove My Enemies, the album's lead single which debuted in June.

Nesbeth said he is still adding finishing touches to AMEN, which is executive produced by Entertainment Soul.

“I'm anxious, I anticipate the project myself,” he said. “It has sentimental value and I want it to stand out against some of reggae's finest. The process has been very tiring but at the end of the day we just want to ensure anything that is supposed to be in it isn't left out. I'm in and out of studios day and night and we just want to ensure whatever we put out has substance. Anything that follows we will accept it.”

Nesbeth started his career in the 1990s. His previous hits include Board House and Drive By.

He released his EP, Victory, in 2014.