Brittny aims to make R&B a big deal in Jamaica
It will not be the first time a Jamaican-born recording artiste has ventured into music unrelated to our culture, and while not many have survived, newest singing sensation Brittny (last name Newman) has plans to change that outcome.
"At the moment, I don't have anybody out here playing my music, and being a yardie, there is nothing I would want more than the support of this song, for them to listen to it and bring it to the masses," she told THE WEEKEND STAR.
The aspiring R&B singer hosted a single release party at Chillin' Serengeti at the Hope Zoo on Monday for her song, Cuffin' Season.
The audience included her relatives and friends, marketing and public relations specialists, disc jockeys and seasoned entertainers like Busy Signal and Suku of Ward 21, and of course, 'big deal' entertainer Chris Martin, (Brittny's partner).
They did not know what to expect when Brittny did a quick wardrobe change and returned in a midriff-baring top paired with skimpy shorts.
"This was my first time performing in Jamaica and I must admit I was nervous. Still, I have not seen many female entertainers on the stages here, either, so I wanted to be one of those that used all their talents, vocals and dance to keep all eyes on me," Brittny said. Coincidentally, the new single has a similar connotation.
"The lyrics were inspired by the things both sexes do to get the attention of the other inside a party, and summer is about that season. I just really made the effort to deliver my best," she said.
Brittny is no stranger to the stage, having acquired gold and silver medals in Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's Festival competitions, where she performed routines to the sounds of locally born genres.
But she is currently determined to be the singing sensation that solidifies Jamaica's presence on the global R&B charts.
"Jamaica people are so powerful and we are multifaceted at an artistic level, but we are also known more for reggae and dancehall; I have always thought, why not try harder to put our name on a different platform? This is my reason for going into R&B while still maintaining a balanced mix of our culture; it has potential," she said. "Tonight could have been executed better, but I feel confident. With more time and promotion, I can get the attention of the Jamaican audience."