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Jamaican music ambassador Richie Stephens and his mom, Mama Carmen, have fun the recording of their first album collectively, “Mom & Son.”
Stephens — who in 2017 was awarded by ASCAP with “Tune of the 12 months” and “Digital Gross sales of the 12 months” for his contribution to Rihanna’s single “Work,” which was among the many prime songs on the 2016 year-end charts — disclosed that this undertaking is his biggest musical accomplishment.
“I’ve at all times had this concept of doing an album with myself and my mom, and now that we’ve carried out the album, I might say it’s one in all my biggest musical achievements thus far,” Stephens stated. “That is historic. It has by no means been carried out within the reggae style earlier than.
“That is an album with my mom that (who) carried me for 9 months and who nurtured me as I by no means grew up with a father,” he added. “That ought to clarify much more how excited I’m about this undertaking. I really feel very, very excited that we’ve got achieved this dream collectively.
“My mom has at all times wished to be concerned in music,” Stephens continued. “That is the last word satisfaction for her. Each time I see her, she is comfortable. Each time we get a praise from somebody, it means a lot to her and to me, as effectively.”
Stephens stated he was “so excited” that the album is accomplished and was on the brink of launch it on Aug. 20.
“I’m simply so comfortable; I’m so excited,” he stated. “What I particularly love is that my mom was in a position to ship at such a better stage vocally.
“Individuals like for Freddie McGregor, Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths, Sanchez and my different friends have congratulated Mama on her efficiency,” he added. “They’ve known as me as much as actually, actually salute her and to congratulate her on an excellent vocal efficiency. That is simply so particular to me.”
Stephens stated his mom is without doubt one of the unique singers within the household.
“My grandmother additionally was once a prime singer, as effectively,” he added. “My mom impressed and supported my choice to pursue music professionally.”
Stephens stated he began recording Mama Carmen about 25 years in the past, with “Mama’s Blessings.”
“Then, a number of years after that, we recorded a track known as ‘Shine,’” he stated. “After which, we recorded a few different songs that I included on a gospel album that I did.
“Not too long ago, she recorded her first solo track known as ‘They name her Moses,’” he added. “After that track I made a decision to place the album ‘Mom & Son’ along with each of us.”
Stephens has been a longtime world celebrity for greater than three a long time. He garnered recognition from his very first efficiency, at 11, which left the group in awe.
Whether or not showing with reggae greats such because the late Dennis Brown or with the late Sir John Holt, he has Jamaican audiences rocking and dancing within the aisles.
Stephens, who missed the 2011 Jamaica Jazz and Blues competition because of the tragic demise of his 22-year-old son, carried out along with his pal Gentleman on the 2012 Pageant.
“Once I was at my lowest it was the energy of the Most Excessive and the therapeutic energy of our music that helped me to maneuver on,” he stated. “But it surely was whereas nonetheless on the crossroads of my therapeutic and talking to the Almighty that the message got here again – Reside your life.”
That message morphed into his anthem, “Reside your life.”
Stephens described performing with Gentleman earlier than an viewers of 750,000 individuals in Poland as a part of his remedy.
The video clip for the track received the award for “Finest Music Video” on the 2012 Worldwide Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA).
That 12 months he racked up a complete of 12 awards together with three Lifetime Achievement Awards, 4 Tune of the 12 months awards, a USA Congressional Proclamation, two Achievement Awards and Finest Worldwide Tune for 2011.
In June 2012, he was the recipient of a USA Congressional Proclamation from Gregory Meeks on the Third Annual LI Caribbean-American Worldwide Pageant in Lengthy Island.
That 12 months, he launched a gospel album, “God Is On My Facet.” The 12-track disc included highly effective unique songs like “Tears,” “In The Title of God” and conventional gospel songs, like ‘Why Me Lord,” “Solely A Idiot” and “A Change Is Gonna Come.”
In addition to the worldwide awards and the album, the singer was one of many prime performers on the newly-branded Reggae Sumfest, which drew file crowds at Catherine Corridor in Montego Bay.
The singer and his Ska Nation band then launched into a profitable six-week summer season European tour. which included stops at “Reggae Jam” in Germany and the “Untold Pageant” in Romania, which attracts over half 1,000,000 patrons yearly.
Stephens’ work was acknowledged in 2006 by the federal government of Jamaica with the Governor-Common’s Achievement Award for his contributions to varied civic, social and leisure tasks.