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Etana enjoys writing camp

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Davina Henry, Staff Reporter

She has a new TV show and a baby on the way, but singer Etana is not slowing down.

The Wrong Address singer was one of the songwriters who took part in the Caribbean 2 World (C2W) songwriting camp, and for her, it was different and enjoyable.

The camp, which was organised by C2W Music, saw artistes coming together to find the next big hit for Grammy-winning international superstar Jennifer Hudson's new album.

Etana said the creative atmosphere of the camp added to the ease of writing songs.

"Writing was easy, comfortable. It was in a creative space. We were near to the sea and there was no TV or any distractions, so we could work without interruption and without interrupting anybody," she said.

Etana believes that more artistes should participate in songwriting camps.

"Writers get paid a lot more, so if you can write a song that becomes really popular, then that's a lot of money. The way they do splits (division of money) is fair. Nobody cyaah complain seh dem write most of the song, etc. It's just one set publishing split," she emphasised.

"Writing a song for Jennifer Hudson came easy. I didn't want to give her something that she's done before. I wanted to do something different," she said.


According to Etana, the connection between herself and the camp was incidental.

"I met a friend who was associated with the owners of the group. They thought it would be a good idea to be involved in the writing camp. I didn't know what it was about, so it took a while for me to accept their invitation. They sent an email explaining what it was about, and that's basically how I got involved," Etana told The Sunday Gleaner.

Although the camp was mainly to find songs for Jennifer Hudson, the songs can also be used by any other international star.

In a recent interview, Ian Berry, CEO of C2W Music Limited, told The Sunday Gleaner that if a song is chosen by Hudson, one-third of the lifetime revenues of that song come back to the organisation's bank account in Jamaica.

"She gets three weeks to kind of pick what she wants. The reality of it is that they're going to pick three at the most and the other songs - not to say that they are inferior to the ones she's chosen - go back into the pot and they are available for anybody," Berry said.

The camp featured several internationally acclaimed songwriters, including Candy Gloster from St Vincent and recording artiste Shazelle Gobin from Trinidad.

"The aim was for us to write as many songs as we can. I was able to do two songs on one day and one song the other days,' Etana said.

C2W hopes to sign between 10 and 12 songwriters from the Caribbean over the next year.