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'Simply Kehv', a return to reggae

Published:Friday | November 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Howard Campbell, Gleaner Writer

For close to a decade, South Florida singer Kehv shared the spotlight as a member of vocal group LED. Two years after going solo, he has come up with Simply Kehv, his debut album which was recently released.

The self-produced lovers rock set has a distinctly different tone from the Rhythm and Blues songs Kehv recorded while he was a member of LED, a trio that recorded two albums earlier this decade.

He said taking a different path musically was something he looked forward to after deciding to go it alone.

"R&B is something I picked up in America but reggae is what I really wanted to do for some time," Kehv told The Gleaner recently from his Fort Lauderdale base.

High hopes

He wrote all 13 tracks on Simply Kehv which is distributed and marketed by Miami's Impressionist Music. It was released almost one year after the track Distant Lover began doing the rounds on iTunes.

Hear You Say and Take This Higher are other cuts from Simply Kehv the singer and his management have high hopes for.

Everton Smith (his real name) and his colleagues in LED had similar aspirations when they met at Southbridge High School in Miami, where he had migrated at age 10. He hails from Orange Hall, a district in Brown's Town, St Ann, where his family has lived for many years.

Shortly after moving to Miami, Kehv recorded his first song, Half-Way There.

Early following

Not long after, he became part of LED which emerged at a time when all-male vocal groups (most notably Backstreet Boys, N'Sync) were the rage.

Though they failed to make a national impact, LED's two albums, On Our Way and After Midnight, helped them develop a small following in South Florida and Caribbean pockets in New York City.

After spending a lot of time in the Big Apple, Kehv moved back to the Sunshine State once LED dissolved. He became a registered nurse but maintained his musical ties by recording songs that would make it on to Simply Kehv.

South Florida has been home to many reggae acts, especially in the last 20 years. Despite bursts of success by journeyman group Inner Circle (with Bad Boys and Sweat in the early 1990s), the reggae scene there has never taken off in a big way.

Kehv is banking on Simply Kehv for a change in fortunes.

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