“Her contribution to the Caribbean music scene and her career which is seen across the Caribbean and as far as Sweden is what makes her a legend.”
Born in London, England on 1 June 1970, the forty two year old has now been deemed the ‘Queen of Soca’ by her international supporters in honour of her successive career and continuous contribution to the industry of music.
At the age of eleven, Hinds moved to Barbados where she lived with her mother and to this day has lived there with her husband and eight year old daughter. (Photo Credit: www.torontolime.com)
At seventeen years, she joined the band ‘Square One’, of which she was the lead vocalist for seventeen years until she left due to the birth of her first child in 2004. With the Square One, she recorded several albums and won the Road March and Party Monarch competition in 1996 and 1997, including the hit ‘Ragamuffin’ and ‘Twister’. The album ‘Full Bloom’ swept the nation and the popularity gained for Hinds the most recognition, as of the many tracks on the album, ‘Faluma’ was the most listened and topped Guatemala music charts for forty-six weeks. (Photo Credit: www.last.fm)
After deciding to go solo, Alison formed her own band, in 2005, with various musicians and dancers she called ‘The Alison Hinds Show’. Her first album ‘Soca Queen’, released in 2007, captivated her audience with soca styles and her international hit ‘Roll it Gal’ promoted independence and empowerment for women.
Her career has had her touring the world, including the Caribbean, Far East, United Kingdom, America, Canada and Europe. Hinds has also performed at many stage shows and festivals including Reggae Sumfest and West Indian Carnivals. She collaborated with numerous renowned artistes such as Kevin Lyttle, Machael Montano, Shaggy, Richie Spice, Mr. Vegas and Jah Cure, among others. (Photo Credit: www.last.fm)
In 2010, she landed her second album in her career she entitled ‘Caribbean Queen’ which expressed love and hope for her listeners around the world and comprised upbeat and mid tempo songs like “Roll It Gal,” “Togetherness,” and “Faluma,” and the soulful mix ‘Island Girl’.
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Numerous awards have been won by the celebrity including 2009 Best Female Vocalist and Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer; for 2010, Caribbean American Heritage Award, Female Entertainer of the Year, Caribbean American Heritage Award; and for 2012 and 2013 ‘Outstanding work in Calypso, Zouk, Chutney and Soca Art Form’ and ‘Outstanding Past Student’.
She has also advocated for the Women’s rights, AIDS awareness, Diabetes foundation and has lend a helping hand wherever necessary at physically challenged and disabled children organizations, as well as being named her country of residence, Christ Church Foundation school ambassador.
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Her contribution to the Caribbean music scene and her career which is seen across the Caribbean and as far as Sweden is what makes her a legend. Her raw talent, energetic performances and vocals especially were her claim to fame and also what set her apart from every other singer. With her career and recognition, her success in the world of Soca and her hometown Barbados has deemed her a ‘Soca Queen’ indeed. She is a vital element in the Caribbean music and remains to positively impact the Caribbean music industry.
By Alexandra Daley