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Karry-Ann Scorpian aims for the top

Published:Sunday | April 19, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Karry-Ann Scorpian
Karry-Ann Scorpian

She breezed into Ocho Rios recently to perform on a couple of shows over the Easter weekend and to promote her music.

Possessing a beautiful look and a lovely voice, Brooklyn, New York-based artiste Karry-Ann Scorpian refers to herself as one of Jamaica's best artistes.

Time will tell whether that is true or not, but listening to her, one is inclined to believe that she definitely has what it takes to reach a pinnacle, not just locally but internationally.

Growing up in Jamaica, Scorpian has always been attracted to music and decided to take it seriously after singing a tribute at her grandmother's funeral some years ago.

"I started recording in 2010, but I've always been singing. I was born in Jamaica. I went to Pembroke Hall Primary School, and I sang there. I sang in church. I got into writing around 2009, 2010."

Her writing varies, as, she says, "I'm eclectic, so growing up in Jamaica, obviously we listen to a lot of different kinds of music, and that has an effect on the kind of music that I write, which does not limit me to only writing reggae. I also write R&B, some alternative rock, house music, and so on."

And with musical influences that range from Nigeria-born Sade to reggae king Bob Marley, and inclusive of the likes of Culture, Marcia Griffiths, Tanya Stephens, Roberta Flack, and Lauryn Hill, her output crosses several genres.

From back in 2010 when she went into a Houston, Texas studio to record for the first time, emerging with the single Island Girl, until today, with her current releases: Sweet Sop, Prosper and You Got Me, a "sensual R&B song for grown people", Scorpian has worked hard to further her musical career, whenever time allows.

Family and work

An occupational therapist assistant and a mother of two, she finds time to incorporate what is truly her first love, music.

"I have two children. I love them dearly; they support me and my music, even though they think I'm crazy half the time (she laughs). My job, I enjoy my job. I love taking care of my patients. I love getting people well and getting them back to their functional status as much as I can. I've helped a lot of people along the way, and I'm proud of that."

The commercial success is yet to come, but confident that this will soon happen, she describes herself as a work in progress.

"I have performed in Canada and in the United States. I'm still a work in progress, I don't ever want to feel like I've gotten there... , and I always want to have that feeling because it inspires writing."

Apart from the aforementioned songs, her credits include Dance Forever, Kiss My Heart, Your Love, Goodie Goodie, among several others.

Karry-Ann Scorpian returns to Jamaica this week to do some collaborations with the likes of Chimney Records star Zagga, who topped local charts with his 2013 hit, My Destination.