Work It Out
Jamaican recording artist Singing Sweet has delivered something sweet for true, “Work It Out” also features on our ‘Keeping It Real’ Riddim Showcase.
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‘What kind of name is that?’ you may ask. It’s quite simple: it’s a name befitting a man who sings sweetly – arguably, one of the most melodious in the reggae industry.
Singing Sweet’s optimistic outlook on life is odd in some ways: it comes from a man whose childhood was blemished by bloodshed and sprinkled with financial meagerness within the weary confines of Grants Pen Avenue, Kingston. Still Singing Sweet says his journey has been long and arduous – but worthwhile. “I have been in the industry for many years and because of everything that I have been through, I know how to meet a challenge and rise above it,” explains Sweet.
Born Paul McFarlane, Singing Sweet is never hesitant when talking about his life and musical journey because he has learned to transform his obstacles and pour them into hard-hitting four minute snippets of his life, called ‘songs’.
While growing up, Singing Sweet’s dream was always music. Within the small concrete and board ambits he and his family called home, Singing Sweet’s father could always be seen playing the guitar, while other members of his family played a myriad of other instruments, as such, music was always at the forefront of his mind. Life and music were one in the same.
Years later, as fate would have it, shortly after recording his first single – a remake of the famous single, “Lonely Is The Night” on Fattist Burrell’s Exterminator Label – a family friend, John Dread who owned a community sound system called the ‘Invader’ gave the world the chance to hear his music. Singing Sweet says, “He was the first one to make me know I could take it to the streets. It was the first time I heard any of my songs through speakers.”
Soon after, another friend, ‘Register’, who knew of Singing Sweet’s tremendous talent, introduced him to another industry personality, ‘Tweeta Bird’, who helped to chart his road to success by introducing him to other industry affiliates. Months later, Singing Sweet entered and won ‘Corner Clash’, a talent show put on by the (then) Steelie and Cleevie-owned sound system, Silver Hawk. Impressed with Singing Sweet’s talent and determination, well-known producer, Collin Fatta recorded Singing Sweet on a reggae rendition of “When I See You Smile”, which became Singing Sweet’s first number one hit both locally and internationally. That was in 1991.