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Diana King is back after three years - Artiste promises a November to remember

Published:Saturday | October 23, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds is the headline act at a November 13 charity event where Diana King will perform. - file photos

Hasani Walters, Gleaner Writer

World renowned singing sensation and daughter of Jamaica, Diana King, promises a great performance to fans who come out to enjoy a special performance at the November 13 Spend an Evening with Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds charity event to be held at the National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew.

The Gleaner caught up with King at the the University of the West Indies' Philip Sherlock Centre, where she was rehearsing with her background vocalist for an upcoming performance in Japan in mid-November.

"I'll be doing a special performance filled with all the hits they [fans] love, Shy Guy, Say A Little Prayer, Lies, and all the others. It'll be great," said King.

"I interact with my fans on my Facebook a lot. I ask them what they want me to sing, so I can know what they want to hear," she added.

The international superstar appeared to be very excited about being in Jamaica. That excitement evident in her voice, she said, "It's great to be home! It's been almost three years since I've been here. I'm very excited. I mean, I haven't been here for so long!"

great experiences

King spoke of her great experiences in Jamaica. This time around, she expects no different.

"It's always been great when I come here to perform, but I'm really looking forward to the jazz and blues festival coming up. I get to use my own band and all. The last time I performed in Jamaica was probably back in the '90s at Reggae Sumfest," said King.

Her new CD, Warrior Girl, which she wrote and produced, has already been released in Japan and, according to King, is doing quite well.

"The CD is doing really good over there. Four different songs from it is on the charts over there. I'm very proud of the fact that I did all the production on the album as well," she said.

The CD was released on her newly formed record label, Think Like A Girl Music.

The label, she said, was named after the single and album of the same name because, "I do think like a girl. Most of my songs are about being in a relationship, love and tenderness.

"I chose think like a girl because I wanted to focus on female artistes. The pressure they face is not equal to that faced by men. In many things, it's like that," she said.

She said, however, that she doesn't have an artiste she wants to sign to the label in mind, but she mentioned a few local artistes she admired.

"I like Cherine, Alaine, Etana and definitely Tanya Stephens. I want to do a song with Tanya. She wicked! Is like her lyrics can't done. I like Etana's consciousness and Tessanne [Chin], she was the last artiste that made me say wow when she came with the reggae mixed with the rock," said King.

King will be performing alongside Babyface, No-Maddz and the Silver Birds Steel Orchestra at the concert which is one of the activities scheduled to take place from November 8 to 14 during The United Way of Jamaica week.