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Seven years of Simply Myrna

Published:Friday | February 3, 2017 | 2:00 AMCurtis Campbell
Myrna Hague singing with the band at a previous staging of Simply Myrna.
Ernie Smith, who will be a special guest at Simply Myrna 2017.
Frankie Campbell
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The Simply Myrna concert will be celebrating its seventh anniversary this year. The event was launched on Thursday at the Hotel Four Seasons, Ruthven Road, St Andrew. Simply Myrna: Myrna Hague in Concert is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, at The Formal Gardens, Devon House. Show time is 8 p.m. and cocktails will be at 7 p.m. Guests include Ernie Smith and The National Chorale of Jamaica.

"It was meant to be just one time, and so this is very exciting and very gratifying that people keep coming, which enabled us to last seven years. I decided to host the first one because my husband had passed, and suddenly I was on my own after a successful duo of Sonny and Myrna. I needed to do something to establish myself as a solo artiste, and that is why I did the first show, and it saw the rebirth of my solo career," Hague said.

 

GRATIFYING

 

"There was a point in my life where I felt that if I can't win over my own Jamaican audience, then what is the point? So the fact that I have been successful in that regard is very gratifying for me."

Hague was a little emotional as she shared her feelings on performing without her husband during the years after his passing. "My repertoire has grown and I have had a chance to work with a lot of people since. We have a new guest artiste every year, so I have got a chance to work with people like John Holt and Ernie Smith, who I never would have had a chance to work with otherwise," she said.

She also promised to deliver new material, do jazz, pop, and reggae songs, as well as reveal the latest designs from her personal clothing collection. The women in the audience roared in approval.

Founding member of Fab 5 Band Frankie Campbell has encouraged sponsors to support this type of event, saying that events like Simply Myrna are rare and should not be allowed to die while only certain types are celebrated.