Three years after its release, Straight To The Point, roots singer Empress Ayeola’s second album, has a new lease on life in Jamaica.
Produced by Carlton O’Gilvie, she said Straight To The Point is late getting off the ground because of “some little hiccups”.
“We actually released it in London and other territories, but it’s been late getting to Jamaica. So I’m here promoting the album, even though I am getting ready to start releasing singles from the next album,” Empress Ayeola explained.
Born Janet Reid in the United Kingdom to Jamaican parents, she grew up in southern Manchester, but returned to the UK in the late 1980’s.
“We want to keep the title of the (new) album as a secret for now because we want to release a couple of singles. There are some great tracks dealing with social issues; inspirational tracks to clean the soul and nurture you mentally, physically and spiritually,” said Empress Ayeola.
Her first album, Isat Innat, was released in 2008. It was well received in Europe, where she has performed on major shows, as well as on Rebel Salute in 2003.
— By Basil Walters