Having found success as soon as she crept into the music business as child, nothing has been conventional about Nadine Sutherland’s journey to where she is now musically. The local launch for her most recent album Call My Name, was no different.
Departing from traditional long winded speeches in packed air-conditioned hotel rooms, scripted performances and political endorsements, Nadine made it different. Inside the cozy Grogge Shoppe in Devon House, words of truth flowed from some of the country’s leading musicians, interspersed with four sessions of live performances by Nadine herself. It was her album launch, and she was the star of it.
Nadine Sutherland's Call My Name She changed outfits before each performance, refreshing the audience as it were, with a new look, and a new cut from the album.
Master of Ceremonies, and her colleague as judge on the hit Television show Rising Stars Clyde McKenzie said it well; “Not many people have made the transition from being child star and taking it into adulthood. Nadine has been able to do so…”
Call My Name is a production of 876 Records, the label to which she is signed. It features fifteen cuts that musical legend Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake described as being full of potential.
Nadine Sutherland Since its United States release, it made its debut at number 14 on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart, and has climbed since then to number 12. When the local market tunes in to it, the results should get even better.
There was a special appeal at the launch where the local market was concerned. Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake asked Radio Jockeys to give it the play it deserves, and extended the appeal for them to play more music from women in general. “Nadine is poised to take the music to a different level…if this music gets the attention of the jocks it will do well,” he noted.
“It will definitely do well in Europe because they like well structured songs…the bulk of jocks here are not playing female artistes….if they show it love it should do well here.”
The die seems cast then. With bubbling sales already in the United States , it’s now the local market’s turn to show love to Nadine’s third album.