Stanpipe flows with Life's Journey

By Howard Campbell
Observer senior writer

Monday, October 14, 2019

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With tours of the United States and Ghana to his name, Stanpipe knows the importance of reaching out to fans, especially when an artiste has new music on the market. The South Florida-based singjay has his eyes on the competitive Jamaican scene.

Life Journey, his self-produced extended play (EP) was released in September by Stanpipe Music. It contains five songs, all of which he wrote.

Last month, Stanpipe did a rare Jamaica performance at the Conscious Reggae Party show at Devon House in Kingston. It opened the door for other gigs, including Linstead Ackee and Jerk Cultural Festival, which takes place next Monday at Dinthill High School in St Catherine.

“Mi have at least three shows between now an' Christmas. Mi definitely want to do more shows inna Jamaica, 'cause mi plan to be there for a minute,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

Princess and Queen is the lead single from Life Journey which came out one year after the lanky Stanpipe toured the US west coast with fellow roots act, Yvad. Life Water, his sole album, was released in 2015.

“It's all roots yuh nuh. Dat mi born an' si, dat kinda music mi grow up pon,” he said.

Born Robert Chin, Stanpipe is the son of Minion “Minnie” Phillips, the acclaimed chef who prepared natural foods for an high-profile clientele that included Bob Marley. Minnie, who died last year, was also a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, an organisation once studded with members such as Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor and Judy Mowatt.

It was his father and sound system operator, Leroy Chin, who produced Miriam, his first song. It was released 15 years ago, shortly after Stanpipe migrated to the United States and settled in New York.

Most of Stanpipe's recording has been done in South Florida, where Stanpipe relocated after a stint in the Big Apple. His biggest project to date has been Life Water, which contained songs from different producers.

While promoting Life Journey is a priority, Stanpipe has another venture close to his heart. He and his siblings plan to release their mother's first cookbook in September 2020.


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