Timeka Marshall, the sultry Guyanese songstress, is riding the airwaves again with her newest release, a cover of the number one billboard hit, Waiting for You originally done by Richard Marx in 1989. The remake was produced jointly by Timeka and co-manager Kerwin Bollers and subsequently released on the Juke Boxx label two weeks ago.
Marshall also recently concluded the video for her newest collaboration, Beenie Man & Bravo which features Moses “Beenie Man” Davis and Dwayne Bravo The single was released jointly in September by 357 Records and Forty-Seven Records and the video directed by Janelle Dyer.
The singer sees the Beenie Man and Bravo project as a combination of Caribbean heavyweights. “It is truly a Caribbean integration. I got a call from Beenie Man’s management who said he wanted a singer to do the hook,” Marshall said. “I’m just grateful for the opportunity. I mean, he’s Beenie Man, King of the Dancehall!”
Marshall has logged hours of studio time in Jamaica, working with hot producers, one of which is Shane Brown of Juke Boxx Records. Brown produced the song, Hush, as well as Feel Fah, Marshall’s combination with Busy Signal. She has also recorded for Stephen ‘The Genius’ McGregor who produced the song, All Night.
While she says her musical influences are eclectic, Marshall believes it is important for her regional identity to be reflected in her sound. “I listened to everything when I was growing up in Guyana, R&B, reggae. But I always wanted to have some Caribbean essence in my music,” she stressed. Timeka Marshall was born in Linden, a town on the outskirts of Georgetown, the Guyanese capitol where she was raised.
That all changed after she won the GT&T contest, Guyana’s version of Jamaica’s Rising Stars. “Once that was over, I decided that I would pursue music. It seemed only natural.” We Should Separate, an R&B ballad co-produced by Marshall and her Co-Manager Kerwin Bollers.
Five years ago when Timeka Marshall entered the GT&T Single competition in her native Guyana, she had no career path. After winning the island wide contest, her mind was all made up. The GT&T victory convinced Marshall she had the goods to make it as a singer, but she wanted to make it in a commercially-viable environment. That’s how she ended up in Jamaica.
Marshall who counts Etana, Queen Ifrica, Alaine and Busy Signal among her current favorites says she feels at home working in Jamaica which remains the biggest music market in the Caribbean. She is co-managed by Pyramid Artists in Barbados whose roster includes Lil Rick, Skinny Fabulous and Biggy Irie among others.