All Female Album for Reggae Month: “Queens in the Arena”


The Jamaica Gleaner reports that, with February observed as Reggae Month, singer and producer Tania Nicole Sutherland, better known as Chyna Nicole, decided it was appropriate to release an all-female reggae album: Queens in the Arena. According to The Gleaner, the 13-track compilation with various artists is scheduled to be released tomorrow on all digital platforms.

With a blend of female voices drawn from Jamaica, the United Kingdom, Canada and Jamaicans based in the United States, Sutherland wanted a project that would empower women in unity.

Featured Tracks

“It Takes One” by Nadine Sutherland; “What Yu Gon Do” by Pam Hall; “This Yah Route” by Lady Ann; “Amazing” by Chyna Nicole; “Back to Destiny” by Vonnii; “Be Alright” by Dionne Reid; “Missing You” by Helen Rogers; “Me Too” by Dionne Blaize; “Tough Like a Diamond” by Novel-T; “Nah Go Follow” by Empress Priscilla; “Tell Me” by Lisay; “People of the World” by Isafire; and “Beauty for Ashes” by Michibella.

“Last summer, Gary Sutherland approached me with some riddims – the focus was for me to write and sing a banging song. As I have studied the Reggae scene, especially female artistes, I noticed that there were no various artistes albums with strictly females. Coupled with my own personal story – the difficulty of getting support or “get pon a riddim,” its similar to many women in music. Then the educator side of me sparked, why not invite as many female artistes – accomplished and those who just needed a break, to contribute to an all-female album? This project is to send a message that women can empower women in unity,” Chyna explained.

She continued, “I am honoured to have completed this, my very first various-artistes female album, and it is beyond fulfilling. I feel this will send a message to both indie labels and major companies to release, book, and develop careers of more female artistes in Reggae. I believe it will start a current positively and I am happy Jah used me as to shed more light on the shining stars.”

The album’s lyrical component is diverse focusing on a variety of subject matters. “It is so diverse and so creative! Hot topics range from unity and giving thanks, to seduction, to adoration of an amazing love, to the #metoo movement, to being relentless in life’s battle, to uplifting and inspiring the world with the belief that God will see you through any obstacle,” she explained.

Born in New York to Jamaican parents, Chyna Nicole began her musical journey in 1994 with the release of the songs Love Me Tenderly and Last Night, both of which were produced by her father Carl Williams’ Little C label. She has released two solo albums, namely, 20 years in the making and Ready for the world, and Higher. Her single Hardcore Love charted on the UK World Reggae Beat chart, and Movie Star Love charted on Reverbnation. [. . .]

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