Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Babyface to jazz at the Greenfield

There’s no disputing that The Greenfield in Trelawny will be alive with the energy and vibe that the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival isknown for, especially now that TurnKey Productions, producers of the Festival, has confirmed that the one and only singing, songwriting, and producing megastar Babyface will appear on the Festival stage.

Babyface, whose real name is Kenneth Edmonds, is set to perform on Thursday night along with The Whispers, Joss Stone, Monty Alexander, and Joe Roy Jackson. He comes to the stage with an extensive catalogue of music, stockpiled over the compilation of all nine of his critically-acclaimed studio albums. Babyface has also released three compilation albums, a remix album, and a live performance album, claimed three back-to-back Grammy awards for Producer of the Year from 1995-1997.

Indeed, Babyface’s production panache is legendary in contemporary music. Added to his equally celebrated writing know-how, Babyface has given hit tunes and albums to an extraordinary cadre of pop culture icons, including Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston, TLC, Boyz II Men, Beyoncé, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklyn, Céline Dion, Janet Jackson and many more. He also co-founded the successful LaFace Records, which brought Toni Braxton and TLC to megastardom.

Executive producer of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival, Walter Elmore, explains that “TurnKey Productions is very happy the Babyface is confirmed for the Festival. We look forward to welcoming him to Jamaica and to the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues stage.” Elmore, who also heads TurnKey Productions, said “The Greenfield Stadium is going to be alive with the biggest staging of the Festival ever”.

The 2010 staging of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival will be a seven-day long celebration of The Art of Music that will see Jamaica engulfed in the awesome sights and sounds of the TurnKey Productions event fromJanuary 24-30. The signature performance nights will take place from January 28 - 30 at The Greenfield Stadium, Trelawny, which is 12 minutes away from Rose Hall. Having seen performances from the likes of Alicia Keys, Kenny Rogers, and many more, the Festival stage will this year welcome Gladys Knight, Joss Stone, Erykah Badu, John Secada, Deborah Cox, Kelly Price, Tamia, Machel Montano HD, Hall & Oates, The Whispers, Caribbean Jewel Billy Ocean, as well as reggae band Third World.

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