Alison Hinds – The Queen of Soca
Alison Hinds, the Bajan “Queen of Soca” was born on the 1st of June 1970 and is today one of the most prolific female Soca artistes from the Caribbean. In fact, she is one of the most popular Soca singers in the world. This unparalleled fame has been earned due to the production of many popular songs that top charts even in countries which do not widely listen to Soca.
In 1986, Hinds joined the soca band Square One. At first this band performed mostly in bars and clubs, but later they became a top Soca band, bringing soca to a new level. Her musical career further took off when she competed in the Richard Stoute teen talent contest in 1987 and finishing third. Subsequently, she became a lead vocalist in the popular band Square One. In 1998, she recorded several albums with the band before leaving in 2004. In 1992, she won the Barbados Song Contest as a duet with John King "Hold You in a Song". Further, she won the Road March in 1996 and 1997 and Party Monarch competition in Barbados in 1997. Alison produced her first hit in the year 1996, “Ragamuffin”. This was the blooming of what has become a great musical career.
Hinds took a short hiatus from the musical scene to have her daughter and live with her family, husband Edward Walcott and daughter Saharan (born May 5th, 2004), on a privately owned horse farm in Barbados.
Alison returned to the music industry with a vocal contribution to a remix of Kevin Lyttle's "Turn Me On". She then returned to the soca scene with the hit song "Roll It Gal". That song was a powerful lyric about female empowerment and independence. She then collaborated with Machel Montano for the remix of her hit “Roll It Gal".
Currently, she has her own band, "The Alison Hinds Show", formed in 2005 and is the main singer. Most of the other members of the band are young dancers and musicians. "Roll It Gal” was a huge hit throughout the Caribbean, and was released in the UK in 2007. The single also coincided with the release of her début album ‘Soca Queen”. Today, “Roll It Gal” is an anthem for young women and encourages them to have pride in themselves.
In her own words, “I’m telling women to take pride in themselves, don’t take any abuse, look after your kids, do your studies, believe in yourself and look to God. So many women have told me that the song lifts them up.”
In 2006 the song was still popular. She also produced a song called “Love Affair”. Her latest album ‘Caribbean Queen’ was released in 2010 and contains collaborations with top reggae artistes, Shaggy, Richie Spice, and Jah Cure. This also produced the collaboration on the single "Team Up" in 2009. Today, she continues to tour worldwide. To date, she has performed at many of the West Indian Carnivals and festivals including Sumfest and the West Indian American Carnival in Brooklyn.
She has won numerous awards and rave reviews everywhere she goes. In 2010, she won Best Female Vocalist the International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) awards in New York. Last year, she won Female Performer of the year at the Barbados Music Awards (BMA) in Barbados. Today, Hinds is loved and respected as one of the greatest artistes to have been produced by the Caribbean. (The Caribbean Current)