Ikaya

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The early stages of her career has seen her opening for more established musicians recording tracks for her debut album, creating music videos and promoting her work at various local and international events. In 2011, Ikaya made her debut performance at the 18th staging of Jamaica’s largest reggae festival – Reggae Sumfest, Sting, Follow the Arrow as well as Jamaica Day in Canada and the Reggae Rhythm and Blues concert in New York City.

She has been recognized for her achievements fo farm coping the most coveted award of “Female Artiste of the Year” in 2010 by the 39 year old Jamaican sound system operator, Stone Love. In that same year, Ikaya received the award for the MIA’s (Music Industry Award), ‘Best Video of the Year’ for her single “Hard Way”and the Hitz 92 FM’s People Choice Award for ‘Best New Artiste’. Ikaya has worked with many noteworthy producers in the past including Don Corleon, Seanizzle, Flava McGregor, DJ Wayne, Zj Sparks, DZL Records and has done productions on the Kings of Kings Label. Ikaya’s exposure to the world and various genres helped to define her own style and sound in teh firece male dominated music industry in Jamaica. Her first love, reggae, was fused with dancehall, R&B and hip-hop, to create hardcore, soulful renditions of her life experiences. Since her entrance to the music scene, the vocalist has released several singles showcasing her versatility, ‘Hard Way‘, ‘High With You‘, ‘Good Up‘, ‘These Tears‘ and her collaboration with Merciless ‘Amber Alert’ have all received good reviews and heavy rotation on local and international media outlets. ‘Hard Way‘ topped the Jamaican Music Countdown charts while video for ‘High With You‘ has seen steady rotation on cable and radio stations worldwide, reaching fans as far as Kenya in Africa.

Her musical style has been described as “thought provoking” and “scintillating” by many music critics who recounts her presentation as the “most promising” when compared to other female artistes in Jamaica. Though her journey to stardom has seen many struggles and challenges thus far, Ikaya is focused in producing exceptional music that touch and change the lives of people who experience her material. Not only does eh sing like the sweet breath of winds beneath the soul, Ikaya also proves herself to be a prolific Deejay, sharing the spotlight with many big names in the industry. In her singles “Fly Away” produced by Dob Corleon and European reggae chart topper “Ain’t Giving Up” the singer demonstrates her adeptness to switch between soulful melodies and spitting rhythms on hardcore dancehall rhythms.