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Last December Ancil Valley became the latest addi-
tion to Digicel's Rising Stars, taking home the grand
prize of $250,000.
One year later, Digicel caught up with the San Fernando born
and bred to see what life has been like since winning the popu-
lar television reality competition.
Valley successfully launched his solo career in March of this
year performing at a Mother's Day Concert at the Magdalena
Grand Beach and Golf Resort in the sister isle of Tobago. Keep-
ing busy, he continued his performances in April at the Extraor-
dinary Gala Ceremony hosted by Digicel to entertain Special
Olympians. In June, the vocalist also gained recognition for his
hard work receiving the National Youth Action Committee
Award for the Most Versatile Vocalist.
Valley started singing at the tender age of 9. He fondly re-
calls his neighbour Ms. Ilene Hackett engaging the children
from the neighbourhood in impromptu singing competitions.
At one of the 'competitions' Valley competed against his
cousin, Kevin, whom he described as having an angelic voice.
The song agreed upon for this competition was 'We are the
World'. Valley's competitive nature was aroused having been
inspired by Kevin's flawless performance.
Valley delivered a rendition filled with emotion and a bit of
theatrics as he got down on one knee to deliver the chorus. Val-
ley walked away that day with the nod of approval from Ms.
Hackett as he remembers her saying, "you made me feel the
song." Valley noted, "In that gallery, on that day, I learnt the
power of making someone feel your song, it's something that I
still practice today."
Valley attributes his singing to the First Church of the Open
Bible in San Fernando; a church, he says, renowned for its dy-
namic Youth and Creative Arts Ministries. He gushed, "As a
member I was exposed to the full range of Theatrical Produc-
tions. From a very tender age, I became involved in the Choir,
the Drama Team and smaller singing groups before I ventured
out as a soloist."
On winning the 2013 Digicel Rising Stars competition, Valley
said "I was overwhelmed with joy and truly grateful to God. It
took a lot of hard work and sacrifice, so to have come out on
top was truly a moment that I'd never forget."
He further added, "The entire experience was memorable
and for all the right reasons: the taxing schedule, the perform-
ance workshops, the self-marketing effort, the anxiety of not
knowing if you would make it through to the next round and
most of all the friendships made."
Over the past year Valley has managed to keep in touch with
his fellow competitors from the show. "I was honoured to be a
part of Tisha Gittens' Live Love Worship concert at the Central
Bank auditorium. It was simply fantastic. I am scheduled to
take part in a pageant produced by Malaika Ballantyne in Au-
gust of this year. I've also kept in touch with my Digicel Rising
Star Mentor, Glenda Collens. I went to see her Fiesta Plaza per-
formance, she was brilliant."
Looking to the future, the Digicel Rising Star shared the ex-
citing news of his debut of the Ancil Valley Jazz Project Band at
the first of its kind jazz event on the San Fernando Hill. The
event is scheduled to take place on October 5 2014.
As the 2014 Digicel Rising Stars auditions take place for two
weekends from September 6 through 14, Valley has some
words of advice for those wishing to take part in the competi-
tion. "Research past performances, with the show now into its
ninth season, there is more than enough available footage for
anyone who is diligent enough to see exactly what the show's
about." As a final note, Ancil Valley was full of praise for Digicel,
"I went into the competition as a soloist and came out with a
lot of supporters, industry friends and seasoned mentors. To
sum it up I'd say that Digicel through the Rising Stars competi-
tion gives you a Bigger Better Network."
We recently spied a new music video by Mr. Renzo fea-
turing Busy Signal called Culo, it was a very good offer-
ing from the Soca Star and had a very lovely Latin flare
that made us reach out to see what was next for the
singer about seven years or so since his last show in
Little did we know that while no one was looking he took a trip
over to South America where he took the Latino music world by
storm! He started with media appearances in Venezuela and per-
formances in Columbia during the course of the summer holidays.
Highlights of his tour included performances in Manicomio Club,
Ievrija Festival in Bucaramanga, Carmen Del Apicala Concert opening
for Mr. Black, Fortezza, Bogota El Sitio and more. He also enjoyed
Radio and Television interviews with Colombia Caracol TV and Radio
Tropicana, Olimpica, La Mega and Panamericana, flying the Trinbago
flag high and promoting Soca.
"We all think everyone knows where Trinidad and Tobago is and
that everyone knows what Soca is," he said "but the reality is, there is
a huge opportunity for us to dominate the Latin American market
where it is almost unknown." And that is what he is setting out to do
He recalled the energy and fever that his performances received
during his tour and indicated that with the similarities in culture and
musical styles -- Soca is a very viable avenue to explore in the lucra-
tive music industry with our neighbours.
2015 will not be seeing Mr. Renzo in the International Soca
Monarch however; he is going to be focusing more on expanding the
art form regionally. "Music is a universal language and Soca is some-
thing that is growing and evolving and I take that very seriously" he
said, "Its in my blood and I love our culture and I want to take the art
further and focus on the unity of the local artists and taking the
music to the world together."
Look out for more from Mr. Renzo as he has a song to drop soon
called "What's my Name" produced by Kevin Charles and written by
Saga Boys -- so follow him on twitter @mrrenzomusic and on his
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