Blvk H3ro steps out

Blvk H3ro steps out

Observer writer

Friday, February 15, 2019

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While working as an intern at National Commercial Bank (NCB) in Kingston, Blvk H3ro was busy in the recording studio working on songs that would define his career as an artiste. Some of those songs are on The Immortal Stepper, his debut album, which is released today.

Promoted by DubShot Records/Blvk H3ro Media Inc, it has 14 songs including collaborations with Leno Banton, Lotosh and Royal Blu. Several producers contributed to the project.

“We had limited resources, so we decided to keep the production in-house. I also wanted my first album to be diverse and to showcase my skills and vocal range in different ways. All the producers that I worked with are young Jamaicans,” Blvk H3ro told the Jamaica Observer's Splash.

The Immortal Steppacontains an impressive cover of Stevie Wonder's Superstition. Other tracks such as Can I Show Yaand Mama deal with social issues and personal relationships.

“A song like Mama was natural because it came about after a telephone call with my mother. I always had a special relationship with her and she is my best friend. The whole song is just powerful,” he said.

Can I Show Ya, he explained, was inspired by entirely different circumstances.

“It came about after a conversation with the thugs on the corner in east Kingston. Some have their degrees and qualifications but cannot get a job. Some resort to smoking weed to calm their nerves to resist getting into trouble,” Blvk H3ro explained.

Hervin Bailey (his real name) started out musically in the church. By age eight, he sang on the choir and played drums in his hometown of Waterford in Portmore, St Catherine.

After graduating from Excelsior High School, he studied Computer Science at Portmore Community College but had to abandon those dreams due to financial challenges. He then got a job as an intern at National Commercial Bank.

During that tenure, faith stepped in.

“I was working at NCB, and I met a bredrin who was a producer, that moment just sparked the whole thing. A mixture of church and friendship brought me to music. After working at the bank for three years, it just became monotonous,” he said. “I have embarked on a career in music, five years now”.

Blvk H3ro made his recording debut in 2012 with the song Live This Life, which was produced by El Capone for MB Productions. He later recorded a remix of Major Lazer's Get Free, which he named My Story.

His EP, THC: The Herb Connoisseur, was released in 2017 and he toured Europe with the Reggae Soul Band. Last year, Blvk H3ro was named ambassador for the Bob Marley Birthday Celebrations in Jamaica.

The Immortal Steppa,he reasoned, is a personal statement.

“I'm just a youth that was yearning for knowledge and music became the medium that brought it to me. It gave me the ability to express the things I learnt through it. I'm a vessel, I'm channeling energy right now and I'm sending it out into the world as sounds and melodies,” he said.

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