Singer Sandy Smith, a former Digicel Rising Star contestant, is ready to make her mark on the music scene.
After a long history in the business that belies her age, the talented songbird believes she possesses the necessary attributes and experience to become a successful solo artiste.
Sandy's foray into music started at an early age. Growing up in a musical family, music was all she knew. Along with her siblings, Sandy entered the Tastee Talent Competition, where they finished fourth. Again in 2003, as a solo act, Sandy entered another competition, the JCDC Gospel Festival. This time she finished in second place.
In 2009, Sandy again tried out for another local talent show - Digicel Rising Stars. She was successful in her bid and made it to the live shows. However, she eventually bowed out in fifth place.
This was a hard blow for Sandy, but she didn't give up then. She decided to channel all her energy into building her career and in just two weeks after her exit from the competition, she was performing with the Dragonnaires.
Sandy eventually started touring with Italian reggae act, Alborosie.
Sandy is now signed to Alborosie's record label, Shengen Records, and currently has one single in rotation. The groovy reggae track, No Joking Thing, was co-written by the songstress and Alborosie, who also produced the track.
Sandy describes the song as one about the true meaning of love. A video was shot for No Joking Thing a few weeks ago and was in rotation on Hype TV.
Sandy considers herself self-motivated and encourages young people to pursue their dreams even in the face of hardships.
"Anybody who has dreams, don't let critics or fear dissuade you," she advised.
For the self-proclaimed 'survivor', this is not a one-off thing, so look out for more from Sandy in the coming months.