The doors are wide open, & there's a new generation of gifted young artists just waiting to take advantage. Where the UK is concerned, all the talk is about Savana, whose two hits, Dilemma & All I Have, epitomise this fresh spirit of adventure to perfection. He’s a Jamaican born act for the millennium - i.e., one who stays true to his roots, but tailors his music for an international audience. His versatility is confirmed by the ease with which he draws from a wide range of different influences, including pop, R&B, hip hop, as well as dancehall.
Spanish Town, Jamaica, is where he was born & grew up. His older brother was a member of a well-known Jamaican roots band, & Savana has happy memories of watching them rehearse in nearby Clarendon, his mother & also a sister both sang in the local choir, & Savana soon learnt to enjoy the recognition he'd get from singing at school.
One of his earliest projects in England was a track with the R&B singer Wayne Marshall, who's G-Spot had been a big hit some time previously. He also recorded several tracks with the Black Roses Crew, including a cover of I Ask You If I Love You and an original song called Queen Of All Queens. Garage was the street music happening at the time, but Savana proved a natural with his versatile flows and gift for snappy melodies, even if his destiny ultimately lay elsewhere. Anton from the pop group One True Voice also took him into the studio before his own commitments got in the way, & then one of Savana's backing singers, Passion, suggested he enter a London talent contest, which he won. This success resulted in a recording contract with Jet Star, who'd already released an earlier track by him called I've Got Girls on their popular dancehall rhythm, the Icon.
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