Born in Castries, Saint Lucia to a deeply spiritual home. Teddyson John started his musical journey at a young age, nurtured in the church. In 2007 he made a move from Gospel and R&B to Soca. Taking his career to another dimension. This move earned him the Groovy Soca Monarch title in 2015 putting him on an international map that made him become a household name, locally. regionally and internationally.
TJ grew up attending church regularly, fueling his natural musical gifts; from a tender age he undertook responsibilities as lead singer in the church then moved to leading the church choir. During this period, he developed a passion for drumming, percussions, bass guitar and the keyboard. which he relentlessly pursued and eventually mastered on his own.
It was 2015 that became TJ’s game changing year after a decision to produce music with inspirational content and style. that the creole titled banger. Allez, was born. A song with a positive message on approaching life’s challenges. It quickly grew on everyone. cementing itself as an anthem internationally in the USA Canada and the I-JK on the airwaves, at parties and through live performance. Allez’s fame on the 2016 carnival scene went on propelling him to the finals of the 2016 International Soca Monarch Competition hosted in Trinidad & Tobago. Since then, TJ has been soaring the skies of stardom living his dream. creating music to share with the world through song. October 2nd The International Reggae and World Music Awards bestowed the award for Best Calypso / Soca Entertainer to TJ. an accomplishment. which he and his country of birth. Saint Lucia are most proud of.
His performances and vocal prowess over the years created a paradigm shift in Saint Lucia’s entertainment scene. TJ continued to excel in studio and on stage with a catalogue of hits wooing fans and supporters locally and beyond our shores. His efforts and hard work started paying off when he continuously earned himself a deserved spot on the same stage with world -renowned acts. at the then Saint Lucia Jazz Festival. He opened for Main Stage acts namely Luther Vandross. Patti LaBelle and George Duke (2001 John Legend and Michael Bolton (2007), Air Supply. New Edition and Keith Sweat (2008). In 2007. TJ made a bold decision to step out his musical comfort zone of gospel and R 8 B and embraced the Soca music genre. where he was crowned Saint Lucia’s first ever Groovy Soca Monarch. Things changed a bit when in 2009 he headlined at the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, as part of a group called. Men of Soul. Side by side he crooned with Jeffery Osborne, James Ingram and Bebe Winans backed by George Duke and his all-star band. In 2010, TJ alongside his handpicked local band. opened the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival for R&B artist Ne-Yo with Brick 8 Lace as part of his set. In 2014 and 2016 he earned spots back at Main Stage at Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival performing along stars Omi, Shaggy, Barrington Levy to name a few.
“If I fail to succeed then success is my failure, I was born a winner.”
This is the mantra that has kept ace songwriter/ producer/ performer/ vocalist Kerwin Du Bois afloat in the music industry for numerous years.
Born in the capital city, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, it quickly became evident that Kerwin was destined for success in Calypso and Soca. His singing debut came at primary school level when he participated in the nation’s first Junior Calypso Monarch competition. Winning the title in its second year was no easy feat but afforded Kerwin the opportunity to showcase his unique capabilities, forcing industry gurus to pay attention to him almost immediately.
The talented performer rose through the ranks of the calypso world, capturing the Young Kings title and even reached the Big Yard for the National Calypso Monarch finals on several occasions. Hailed as a rising star, Kerwin delighted all with his melodious voice and thought-provoking lyrics and was selected to represent Trinidad along with other young Calypsonians for a Calypso Youth Exchange programme hosted by the Association of British Calypsonians in the UK. He later settled in the UK for a number of years, eventually capturing the UK Calypso Monarch title.
In recent years, Du Bois has extended his as a Calypsonian into Soca not only as a performer but also as a highly acclaimed and sought after producer and songwriter. His efforts have been acknowledged by some of the other major soca artists such as Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Destra Garcia, Kees Dieffenthaller, Denise Belfon, Farmer Nappy, Blaxx and Lyrikal who have all tapped into the talents of this accomplished hit maker. With all his success and recognition Du Bois maintained a level head, humbly accepting and title of musical genius which was bestowed by industry stakeholders and heavyweights.
While Kerwin’s talents were being embraced by many, 2012 and 2013 solidified his existence as a performer. His hit single Bacchanalist secured him second place in the Groovy category of the International Soca Monarch and became the anthem for many Caribbean carnivals in 2012, remaining an anthem to date. His 2013 contributions; Possessed, Fete Of The Year, Wettin’, Soca Child and others continue to receive tremendous airplay.
It was in 2014 however, that Kerwin penetrated and dominated Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago, winning his first Groovy Soca Monarch title with his runaway hit Too Real. He also enjoyed tremendous support for all his 10 released tracks which received generous airplay. His attention to melodies and crafty songwriting coupled with his vocal abilities continue to ensure that he remains a musical force.
Du Bois has been travelling extensively while he puts in an immense amount of work in his Toronto based studio; KNS. Hard work pays off and Du Bois is grateful and humbled by the fact that he is having such a successful career. He is a powerhouse of young talent bringing Soca music to the world, as he plans to develop and further his drive in taking Soca music to places beyond our imagination.
The name Private Ryan has become a massive force within the Caribbean music industry. He has meticulously worked his way to becoming one of the most sought-after DJ’s that have refused to stay in one set lane. From DJ to event producer to music producer, Private Ryan has earned the love and respect of thousands around the world. It is his ability to strategically plan and effectively build and develop the team around him that he contributes to his success.
Accomplishments such as having over 40 million downloads from his Podcast as well as winning the Global Spin Awards as “Caribbean DJ of the Year,” in 2012, and becoming the first Caribbean DJ to be nominated by the same body as a finalist for “International DJ of the Year,” in 2013 have all helped solidify his crown as one of the best.
DJ Private Ryan embraced his keen ear for hit music and went on to produce super hits such as “Feel the Love” featuring Freetown Collective, “Reason to Love” featuring Kes the Band and X-Games featuring Teddyson John. He orchestrated international events such as Soca Brainwash which has a reputation of selling out thousands of tickets within minutes. Soca Brainwash has been successfully organized in both the Caribbean and North America and he has now added additional events that are once again selling out within minutes.
As not to be restricted, Private Ryan has added fashion to his long list of endeavors and seeks to take his global merchandise brand “BATTALION” as well as his music production company “BATTALION Music” to the next level. As music executives, producers, and promoters line up to work with Private Ryan, one thing is for certain, that when Private Ryan’s name is added to any project, that project will be a success.
Rupee is one of the Caribbean’s and Soca music’s most accomplished and successful artists. He is one of very few Soca artists to impact the Billboard twice with the Global hit Tempted To Touch and Do The Damn Thing, as well as U.K. and European charts. He was able to secure a multi album deal with a major label, Atlantic Records and publishing deal with EMI/Sony/ATV. He’s also recognized in Barbados as a cultural ambassador and proponent of the arts along with being a global ambassador for AIDS and HIV awareness having lost both of his parents to AIDS. Additionally, Rupee has worked for UNITED NATION AIDS, LIVE UP and the CBMP.
One of the most toured Soca artists and breaker of new markets for Soca music. Taking Soca as far as Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Costa Rica, Panama, the UAE to name a few. Over the years, Rupee has amassed a number of Party Monarch and Road March titles not only in Barbados, but also at West Indian Carnivals in the United States and Canada. He has worked with artists such as Shaggy, Sean Paul, Rihanna, Khatera, Alison Hinds, Daddy Yankee, Lil’ Kim and more.
Terrin Callender is best known as Jaiga in Trinidad and Tobago and across the Caribbean. An artist, radio personality, father of two and all round creative genius, the Soca lover and undying patriot, has given most of his life to the culture of Trinidad and Tobago.
Formerly known as TC, the entertainer has progressively charted his course in entertainment from the early nineties and carries through even today as a solid part of urban radio in Trinidad and Tobago. Host of the Breakfast Show on96.1WEFM and founder of The Bass Now Media, Jaiga is a consistent voice for culture, utilizing his platforms to encourage love for Soca music in particular.
In the nineties, Jaiga was a part of the management team at all Soca frequency inTrinidad and Tobago, TriniBashment 91.9FM, owned by soca artist andbusinessman, Neil Iwer George. He simultaneously steered and hosted SynergyTV’s Soca Star, cementing his name, face and persona in an industry that manywould agree, had still been in its embryonic stage.
Concept driven and motivated by the desire to make himself and all elements ofhis creative side, household names, Jaiga purposefully dedicated his time andenergy into delivering products like “KarryYuhKey” (Karaoke), for Synergy TV, andlater, the Breakfast Party for 96.1WEFM.
Known for lifting others in the soca music industry, Jaiga is credited for his workwith Rohan “Fireball” Richards- a Trinidad and Tobago artist who, in 2007, penneda song called ” What I Want,”collaboratively with Jaiga, who later ensured that theartist’s marketing and promotional delivery would take him to internationalmarkets. In that year, Fireball’s single received international recognition acrossEurope and in the United States.
In 2009, Jaiga jumped out of the shadows and possibly, his comfort zone,emerging as an artist in his own right.
He released ‘Frontline’ onto the Socacircuit, surprising many, but ultimately getting his feet wet and preparing himselffor bigger stages.
Since that initial release, he has given fans of Soca a number of hits, inclusive of’Speakerbox’, ‘Anyway’, ‘Action’, ‘Limbo’ ‘Keisha’, ‘My Team’ and in 2021, ‘On DeInside.’
The business of Soca, meaningful for him, Jaiga has used his expertise andconnections to boost his credentials and has since opened himself to consultingfor brands like The International Soca Monarch, across the Caribbean region.Likewise, he has been working arduously behind the scenes to the benefit ofartistes who require his assistance.
Another brand, ‘Great Is the Artform,’ created matter of factly but nonetheless,strongly embedded in Jaiga’s portfolio, sees products and merchandise soldglobally to soca music lovers, determined to support the growth of the genre.Added to that, Jaiga’s
www.feelthebassnow.com supports Caribbean creatives indigital format.
Most recently, the Stag beer ambassador embarked on delivering another Socamusic only effort- ‘Soca Sunday’- a radio show on 96.1WEFM aimed at furtherpromoting Soca music and the artistes who make up the industry.
Born (April 18th 1989) and raised in Maracas St. Joseph – Trinidad, Seumas Keelan Callender is described as one of the most successful underground Artiste/ Producers in Trinidad & Tobago. The Trinidadian Song Writer/Rapper/ Singer/ Music Producer is known by his stage name “AZARYAH” (formerly Flipo).
To date, Azaryah has produced, recorded, collaborated and written for various established artiste such as: Benjai, 3Suns, Gailann, Umi Marcano, Fireball, Ataklan, KMC, H2o Phlo, Collis Duranty, Maximus Dan, Lil Bitts, Mr. King, Squeezy Rankin.
As Flipo he began his musical journey at the age of fifteen (15), beating the desk at school, rapping and free styling with classmates. At that tender age he also taught himself to make beats via one of the most popular music production systems in the world Fruity Loops 3. Flipo credits his classmate for introducing the Fruity Loops program to him. Producing beats eventually evolved and came into play as years passed by.
Three (3) years later he found himself signing contracts as an artiste / producer to the first Hip – Hop Label in Trinidad & Tobago (PRO RECORDS) with his first Hip – Hop Single entitled “Another Murder”. The song was made due to the high murder rate in Trinidad and was released in 2007 on the television show “SPALK”with talk show host at the time Anil Roberts. The music video had cameos by Billboard Chart topping artist Fireball, Nebula 868 and Trinidad & Tobago National Boxer Kertson Manswell whom at that time was signed with American boxing promoter Don King. With the level of music being produced a couple of Major US Record Labels were sending (Pro Records) contracts for record deals.
Fresh out of Secondary School now working in a Recording Studio with a serious passion for music, Flipo then enrolled himself into the National Energy Skills Center (NESC), and successfully completed a course in Music Production and Sound Reinforcement.
The upcoming year of performing at various nightclubs throughout Trinidad & Tobago, the Pro Records Artiste team Including Flipo were deemed the best act at the time; landing them a giant position opening for International Recording Artiste at the T – Pain and Keyshia Cole at Summerfest 2008. Also headlining shows such as the: Boomchampions Block Party in 2007, B Mobile/ Boomchampions Soca School Tour in 2007 and Soca for Summer in 2008
Flipo has performed with live bands such as “The Ricky Bobby Band” – band members included; Ricardo Rameshwar, who is also the musical director and keyboardist for Trinidad and Tobago’s soca recording artiste, Destra and her band, Atlantik and Marlon Roach who is now a band member of Bunji Garlin & the Vikings.
Akeem Chance, the young man affectionately known as, “Preedy” is one of Trinidad and Tobago’s gems. An entertainer in every sense of the word, hails from the Maloney Gardens in East Trinidad. He began his musical career in 2011 as a songwriter and vocalist. Since then, “Preedy” has written numerous soca tracks for himself as well as for some of soca music’s top performers including Machel Montano, Patrice Roberts, and Nailah Blackman. In 2014, “Preedy” ventured into the realm of stage performance.
He delivered a song called “Wining Champion”, which essentially found flavor with the masses in the Caribbean. In 2016, he placed 2nd in the International Soca Monarch Competition in Trinidad and Tobago with “Veteran” a massive accomplishment for a somewhat unknown artiste. In 2018, “Preedy” pushed the envelope collaborating with Soul Train Winner, Bunji Garlin, to sing “Share It” which became an anthem for the carnival season.
Soca music has catapulted Akeem “Preedy” Chance to unexpected stardom in Trinidad and Tobago. His hope is that the future of his career will include an international fan base, a nomination for a Grammy Award, and certainly a catalogue of musical hits that surpasses all expectations.
Orlando Octave has been a forced to be reckoned with since starting off his career at the tender age of 10 where he won the Promenade Summer Competition in 1999. Young Octave won the hearts of many, both old and young. It was then Orlando knew that performing was his passion. As the years went by Orlando was able to secure the Junior Soca Monarch title in 2004 with his rendition of ‘Proud Of Rude Boy’. In 2008, Orlando got to experience a taste of what success smelt like as he released his reggae hit entitled ‘Darkie’. He has continuously released music over the years and has been in constant rotation on the nation’s airwaves. Orlando gained recognition both locally and internationally as he was invited to BET’s 106 and Park and also toured extensively in Canada.
Orlando writes his own music and is very instrumental and the production process of his songs. In 2016 he was featured on the R&R Rhythm with his song titled ‘Road’. The next year Orlando was responsible for one of the ‘biggest hits’ for Trinidad carnival. A song titled ‘Single’ penned by Octave and others, he was able to secure the 2nd place in the International Soca Monach, and endorsement deals with Angostura and many other companines. He toured extensively in the U.S., Europe, and Canada.
There is a lot more in-store for this ‘country boy’ as he continues to take his music way beyond Trinidad and Tobago.
Viking Ding Dong and a venue is all you need to get the party started! For over 16 years Viking Ding Dong has made a name for himself in the music industry by continuously pushing boundaries and breaking borders. As a Dj with a dominant repertoire in soca, dancehall and hip hop, he has showcased his talents in many counties including USA, Canada, England and throughout the Caribbean. He transcended from being a radio announcer on the #1 drive time radio show in the country, to playing on world stages with top soca and dancehall artiste.
Taking it one step further, he took the country by storm when he himself stepped into the soca artiste arena. In only 2 years he won himself 3rd place in the International Soca Monarch both in 2020 and again in 2021. With over 85K IG followers, a positive attitude and an infectious smile, he has quickly become a force in the soca music industry and a won place in the hearts of many. As his journey continues, nothing but great things can be expected from this DJ, artiste and entrepreneur.