Lady Saw doing it her way
Howard Campbell, Gleaner Writer
My Way is the name of the new Lady Saw album which is scheduled to be released September 7 by Royalty Network, a subsidiary of the Universal Music Group.
It is the singjay's first studio effort since 2007's Walk Out, and the first of a two-album deal with Royalty Network. Most of Saw's albums were done for the Queens, New York-based independent VP Records.
Saw told Lifestyle that she recently signed with Royalty Networks through James Goring, a former VP marketing executive who is now her manager. She said not only will the company distribute My Way but also help in the production of a music video for Party 'Til December, the album's lead track.
"It's something big for me, everything looks proper," the raunchy Saw said of the Royalty Network deal.
Royalty Network specialises in the growing digital market, but My Way will be distributed in compact disc form.
Among My Way's 15 tracks is Me Hold You, Saw's response to Gyptian's monster hit, Hold You. There is also I Do Love You, a duet with former UB40 lead singer Ali Campbell, and Pretty So which was produced by Danny Browne.
Shedding the bawdy image
The 42-year-old Saw said she tried to shed her bawdy image on My Way.
"It's still edgy and hardcore but this is not the raw Lady Saw," she said.
In 2008, VP revisited Saw at her raunchiest with Extra Raw: The First Lady of Dancehall, an 18-track compilation. That set contained songs like Hardcore and Sycamore Tree, as well as the ballad Give Me A Reason and the heartfelt No Less Than A Woman.
The latter dealt with Saw's three miscarriages. The St Mary-born Saw (real name Marion Hall) broke through in the late 1980s with the not-fit-for-airplay Stab Out The Meat and did songs of a similar nature for various producers. Lover Girl, her first album for VP, was released in 1994.
Ironically, it is her conservative work that has been commercially successful.
Her toast on pop group No Doubt's Underneath It All, helped make that song a Top-10 hit in the US. In 1999, she teamed with American singer Vitamin C on Smile, which was also a hit in that country.