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Singer Stephanie Wallace launches 2016 calendar

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2016 | 1:00 AMShereita Grizzle
Stephanie Wallace
Singer Stephanie Wallace is joined by (from left) Jordache Jones, Jik-Reuben Pringle and Tivar Seivwright, three of the photographers who worked on the calendar with her.
Stephanie Wallace addresses invited guests.
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On Wednesday night, the multitalented Stephanie Wallace launched her 2016 artistic calendar to an intimate gathering at Cafe Delite on Haining Road in New Kingston.

The singer/songwriter/model showed off the project to some specially invited guests, as she spoke about what it was like working on it and what the final product meant to her.

"This is a special project," she said. "I got to not only showcase myself, but to also show off the work of some of the most amazing local photographers I have come across."

Though the idea was Wallace's brainchild, she remained humble as she spoke of the ability of the photographers she worked with.

"It was really all about where they wanted to go with it. I just wanted to be Stephanie, so I said, wherever you guys are going, I'm going, and we created magic."

The calendar features some inspiring photos of the singer taken at different locations across the island from the Blue Mountain Range to the Coronation Market. Each month that was photographed portrayed a different idea and sent a message linked to that month. For example; August represented Independence and portrayed Stephanie as a strong independent black woman. October represented heritage and featured Stephanie posing in the Coronation Market among the stalls wearing bandanna.

This is the second year that Wallace has done a calendar and said her decision to do it again this year was because of the response she got from last year's edition.

"The people really loved it. I mean we were getting orders for calendars six months into the year last time around, it just really took off and so we decided to do it again."

 

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHERS

 

She told The Sunday Gleaner that she initially wanted to feature 12 photographers for each month of the year, but says those plans fell through because of conflicting schedules.

"Our initial plan didn't work out, but you know what they say - when things don't work out the way you want them to, they end up working out better," she laughed. "The final product is awesome and is testament to the immense talent of the photographers that I had the privilege of working with."

The work of Ishango, Jordache Jones, Jik Reuben, Monique Gilpin and Tivar Seivwright,is featured on Stephanie's 2016 calendar.

In addition to launching her calendar, the singer also took the time to speak on her career goals for the new year.

"In 2016, it will be all about me. I will be focusing on my career 100 per cent and so I will be going back on the road. I will also be doing new music, so people can look forward to that. It will be non-stop hard work," she said.

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