TOM Laing has not been back to Jamaica since migrating to the United States 39 years ago. On April 5, he returns to launch Love Is OK, his first EP.
Laing, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, is looking forward to the event at Usain Bolt’s Tracks And Records.
“I like to think of myself as a battery and I’m coming home to recharge,” he said.
Love Is OK has seven songs including the lead single, King’s Highway, and a cover of Gregory Isaacs’
Laing and Danny Marshall co-produced the songs of which Laing wrote six. He said it is important to record and release as many original songs as possible.
“If other people come with the right songs I will sing them, but I always like to write my own songs.”
Laing is from an area where writing songs was a big thing. He grew up in Trench Town where Joe Higgs, Bob Marley, and Alton Ellis got their musical start.
It was not until 2005 that Laing kicked off his recording career. Since then, he has released a number of singles, mainly in the tri-state (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) radius.
One of those songs is Front Door, which was released in 2014.
Love Is OK will be distributed by VPAL music.