Nia tha Goddess ready for the worldThursday, June 24, 2021
BY HORACE HINES
FALMOUTH, Trelawny - After a decade of recording, upcoming reggae crooner Yannick Reeves Hyatt, better known as Nia tha Goddess, is bubbling with confidence that her musical career will turn the corner after the completion of her debut reggae album, which she is now busy putting the final touches on.
“I am currently working on a project with King Jammy. It's an album which is expected to be completed over the course of the summer because most of it is already done, but I am going to be releasing singles within the coming months,” she revealed.
“It's a reggae project that is filled with roots and culture. It's an oldies kind of feel... with me being a young artiste, it is a new sound, but the riddims and the sound are old school – real roots and culture reggae.”
Nia tha Goddess, a Trelawny native now living in the United States of America, reflected that her passion for music goes back to a tender age when she entered a singing contest while she was a grade four student at the Granville Primary School in Trelawny.
But, it was while she was a grade nine student at Hampton School in St Elizabeth tha the love for the art intensified and she became a part of the group Blood and Chocolate.
“I have always been around the music but it didn't come full circle for me that this is what I wanted to do until I was in high school. And when I got to the states [US] it was more pronounced that this is definitely where I should go,” she revealed, recounting the days when she would accompany her father Henry Reeves to studios in Kingston where she would watch leading artistes such as Beenie Man and Capleton recording.
“So, from that time in ninth grade I knew I wanted to do music. I was excited to leave school and do music. At that time I was about 14.”
Migrating to the US at the age of 16, the fledgling reggae star noted that she has recorded a number of songs since then.
“I have been doing music mostly on the American scene, I have done various songs. One of the songs I have done out there is Caribbean Girl, I also released a mixtape called Goddess, including various songs. There is a song called Naw Naw that was kind of popular and a song called Rude, which is a fusion kind of reggae-dancehall song. So those three songs I have put out there in terms of the New York arena.”
She describes herself as a spiritual individual who enjoys a variety of music but prefers the reggae genre which will convey the message in her upcoming album.
“I am a spiritual person so I love reggae music. I have been doing reggae music for 10 years now…a lot of the songs aren't new they are just modified to fit this project. But, as I said, I am a spiritual person so everything on it is basically message and true music, so that's what inspired it. So that is just who I am by nature in reality,” she explained.
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