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Chevaughn goes with flow of the day

Published:Friday | October 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMMel Cooke
Feluke (right) is offered the microphone by Chevaughn at the recent concert for the former held at Jamaica College.

Chevaughn got out of bed on his birthday last week Saturday. Although that may be taken as a given for any day, he put it in the context of deciding to meet the day and wherever it brought.

"It is a powerful decision every day, not to be just alive, but to live," the singer, whose Hopeless Romantic EP was released in 2014 told The Gleaner.

So, although not quite feeling like doing so, he decided to get up and go with the flow of the day. That brought him family time with breakfast at Hellshire Beach in Portmore, St Catherine ("That was good. I had not been in a while," Chevaughn said), rehearsal time and a spontaneous get-together at his designer's Level 96, St Andrew base. "I allowed the day to dictate. I never had a plan or anything," Chevaughn said.

On his two previous birthdays, Chevaughn had been in the US and he was on "vocal break" leading up to last Saturday. Still, he gave his voice some exercise, not preparing for a particular event, but keeping his instrument in tune. Apart from some private functions later this month and in November, Chevaughn is looking forward especially to the Wickie Wackie Festival in Bull Bay, St Andrew, on December 9.

"I am excited about that," he said, naming Jah9, Raging Fyah, Notis Heavyweight Rockaz, and Koffee, among the other performers. A recent performance which he holds dear is the concert for Feluke at Jamaica College. With the weather changing his travel plans, Chevaughn was able to be a guest.

The former lead singer for C-Sharp Band is working towards his solo album, and the song, Better Days, done acoustic, is among those being crafted. There could have been a birthday release last year, as Chevaughn said he did a mixtape for the anniversary but ended up deciding not to release it.

Shine, a multiple-performer song which, among others, includes Tammi T, Nerry, Ronaldo, Mountain, and Notis, is also in the works; and Promise is slated to be released soon. In the meantime, Chevaughn said, "we are promoting what is out."

Describing his approach to life and that of his close friends and family as "simple", that simplicity was extended to a birthday on which he is glad he got out of bed. "It was a simple but really great day," he told The Gleaner.