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Myrna Hague Knows How To Bring Vibrancy To The Stage

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Myrna Hague
Richie Stephens
Vocalist and keyboardist, Harold Davis

First Lady of Jazz and lovers rock, Dr Myrna Hague Bradshaw, certainly has a knack for selecting the right acts to bring added vibrancy to her annual Simply Myrna stage show.

This year will be no different as she has invited not one, but two super acts to perform on the sixth anniversary of the show. They are the global superstar crooner Richie Stephens and the smooth vocalist and keyboardist, Harold Davis.

On the show date, Saturday, March 5, Simply Myrna will be spreading its wings to a new and spacious venue, the historic formal gardens of Devon House. Continuing their distinguished role as patrons are Sir Kenneth and Lady Hall. Preceding show time will be a sumptuous cocktail hour at 7 p.m., show time at 8 p.m.

Richie Stephens who has been in the entertainment business for over three decades, having performed both locally and internationally with the greatest names in Reggae such as the late Sir John Holt and Dennis Brown. Stephens also toured Europe with Shabba Ranks, and famous producer Jazzy B from Soul 2 Soul, James Brown and Vanessa Williams to name a few.

In the 90s Stephens caught the attention of music giant Motown Records and was signed to the label in 1994 and recorded one album which sold thousands of units throughout the American, Japanese, European and Caribbean markets. He now owns his own Record Label, Pot of Gold Record and has recorded and released more than a dozen albums and hundreds of singles. Among them are: Reggae Evolution; a 14- track album Real Reggae; I Found Heaven and Jah will be Done. The singer?s many awards include 'Best Music Video' for his single, Live Your Life, at the 2012 International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA). That year he racked up a total of 12 awards including three Lifetime Achievement Awards.

In 2014, Stephens dropped the highly anticipated music video for the single, Everybody Dance, which was recorded on the new Ska Teck rhythm. The video, which world premiered on the popular web site, featured over 40 dancers of all ethnicity and saw Stephens making his international debut as a dancer.

Vocalist and keyboard player, Harold Davis, was born with music in his genes, having a father who was a professional singer and his mother being a music teacher, who introduced him to the piano at the early age of six years old.

His current range of talents and accomplishments were fostered by formal training, which began with the classical piano and violin from the Royal School of Music and training in contemporary/jazz piano and voice at the Jamaica School of Music. This provided his foundation influence in jazz music.

Davis will no doubt bring to the Simply Myrna Show his distinctive charismatic stage presence and style that incorporates various genres of contemporary jazz and reggae, recognised by his many fans across Jamaica, the wider Caribbean, Canada and the United States.

The highly professional production team, will be supported by band leader Desi Jones (Drummer). Among the other list of first class musicians are the legendary pianist Marjorie Whylie; Rupert Bent and Kenroy ?Shortman? Mullings on guitar; Ian Hird on Saxophone; Michael Fletcher on Bass; Evrol Wray on trombone; Chris McDonald on Keyboards and vocal; and Vivian Scott on Trumpet.

Sponsors supporting the event are: The Gleaner Company Media Limited, KLAS ESPN Radio, Caledonia Outdoor Advertising; Labels and Supplies, Stage Records, Devon House, KOOL 97 FM, Music Mart, The Piano House, Campari and True Tone.

In addition to the Sonny Bradshaw Foundation, Simply Myrna will also be presenting part proceeds of the concert to the McCam Child Care Development Centre.

Tickets are $4,000 and are available at The Music Mart on South Avenue, Fontana Pharmacy in Barbican, Reve Jewellery and Accessories in Devon House and The Jazz Centre, 22 East King's House Road.