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Leba Hibbert unleashes 'Intoxication'

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2011 | 5:00 AM
Leba Hibbert - Contributed

Singer Leba Hibbert's debut album, Intoxication, is that rare exhibition of substance over style.

While many of today's hit makers rely on gimmicks and novelty arrangements to score grades with generation X, the talented singer and daughter of legendary reggae pioneer Toots Hibbert showcases a vocal prowess and charm on her first outing.

The 15-track Intoxication features production work from a handful of luminaries whose track record has maintained universal appeal.

Most of the tracks were written or co-written by Hibbert. However, she carefully caressed Gladys Knight's Neither One of Us and Patti Labelle's Oh People with enough potency to easily channel radio like a slave to her word.

Original efforts including the first single, All I Wanted, which recently wowed the audience at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival; It's Over, Rain, Missing You and Open Arms are enough ammunition to substantiate that Hibbert's music is here to stay.

Hibbert is currently on tour with her father, promoting the Intoxication album, which is to be released on iTunes this week.

The launch of Intoxication is planned for the first week in May.