Sophia Brown cops 'Achievement Award' in New York - Headlines concert in Connecticut
International reggae singer Sophia Brown pocketed an Outstanding Achievement in Music Award at the annual Linkage Awards and Mother's Day concert in New York recently.
"Definitely, 2015 is proving to be a great year for me. It is a fantastic feeling to be recognised by the industry for my work as a singer and songwriter. I have to thank God, my fans, my manager Don Beach and the Dream Team Entertainment for their hard work and strong support," Brown said soon after collecting her award.
Other award recipients were Fab 5, who pocketed a Lifetime Achievement; Flourgan - Lifetime Achievement Award; Press Fyah - Breakthrough Artiste of the Year and Sybil Nevers-Gordon - Mother of the Year Award.
Prior to accepting her award, Brown delivered a riveting 10-minute performance that included a cover of Betty Wright's Tonight and Lover's Rock.
Two days earlier, the sultry singer headlined her own event billed Sophia Brown in Concert at the West Indian Social Club in Hartford, Connecticut, and what a tasty musical treat she served up. She had the crowd on its feet for the duration of her performance on tracks like Give Me That Good Love, Love You Pure, Tonight, and Love Therapy, which struck a responsive cord with patrons.
"This was my first major performance in Connecticut, and I am just elated at the warm reception I received from the crowd. What was even more rewarding is that fans stayed around after the show to take pictures and get their autographs signed," the singer said.
Midway her performance, she was brought to tears as she teamed with Ras Iba, lead singer of backing band Amandla, on the song Poverty - which she recorded years ago with Luciano.
"It was an emotional moment for me just seeing the love that I was receiving from fans. I just could not hold back the tears," she recalled.
Brown heads back to Jamaica next week to begin preparing for her European tour later this summer.