Busy year ahead for Ian Sweetness
Ian Sweetness

Veteran singer Ian Sweetness has a busy 2023 in the works with a number of shows confirmed and new songs in the pipeline.

On February 18, he is featured act at The Cave, a popular venue in Paterson, New Jersey. Singles he recorded for producer Earl Messam's Wildfire Records, are also scheduled for release.

"My plan is to take it to a different level and bring back the interest to the fans that have been cheated by the same kind of artistes and vocals," Ian Sweetness said.

His current songs are ‘Willow Tree’, made famous during the 1960s by Alton Ellis; and a cover of country singer Jim Reeves' ‘We Thank Thee’.

In recent years, Kingston-born Sweetness (given name Ian Heywood) has done songs for various producers, including the patriotic ‘Sweet Jamaica’ and a cover of Glen Campbell's ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’.

Although he was active last year, his itinerary for 2023 is much more crafted.

"2022 came and went too fast. I'm more prepared for this year and there is a lot coming," he promised.

From the Mountain View Avenue area of East Kingston, Ian Sweetness has been recording since the late 1980s, and has done songs for top producers including Hyman "Jah Life" Wright and Donovan Germain.

Ian Sweetness is scheduled to perform at several shows on the United States east coast early this year.

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