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Thursday, December 1, 2016 guardian.co.tt Tricia Lee's heart is light
PETER RAY BLOOD
Heart be Light is the title of the
first solo album by Tricia Lee
Kelshall-Bynoe. The disc was
launched last month at Movie-
Towne, Port-of-Spain, and the re-
sponse to it has been encouraging
for the pretty singer/actress, now
based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
During her short stay back home to
launch her album, Kelshall-Bynoe said:
"This is actually my first solo album. It's
been an amazing process from beginning
to end, and a huge learning curve as well.
I've done everything...with no luck on
the sponsorship side, I mean everything.
"I didn't want to ask family to pitch in
as this is all me. I'm making the money
to fund it as I go, with my artwork and
performances. It gets expensive with
hidden costs for licences and marketing
etc...hidden to me."
Kelshall has been singing since child-
hood and is still fondly remembered
as the first female vocalist in Second
Imij, now Imij & Co. Leaving the band
in 1994, Kelshall-Bynoe embarked on
her own musical voyage and spiced it
up with a bit of acting. Her first movie,
Flight of the Ibis, was an action thriller
filmed in Los Angeles, USA and Trinidad
and was screened on several US movie
channels. She also married Ralph Bynoe
and had a daughter, Chloe Rose, who
she describes as "an angel from heaven."
Reflecting on her career, Kelshall-By-
noe said: "I don't expect to be every-
one's cup of tea but, if you happen to
like my flavour, I am genuinely grateful.
Locally, I have also worked with some
of our top artistes like David Rudder,
Denyse Plummer, Shurwayne Winches-
ter; actually too many to mention them
with Machel Montano and Ronnie Mc
Intosh. Mine has been an long career
of amazing moments."
For Kelshall-Bynoe, having her own
solo album is a dream come true. She
said: "I thought it was like magic before
with record companies behind me over
the years. This was one of the things
on my bucket list to achieve; an album
with my writing to do well.
Quite proud of her first solo album,
Kelshall-Bynoe said: "My Christmas
album is close to my heart because I
am a Christmas person.
"This is as authentic Tricia Lee as
it gets. It's all well and good to have a
major hit with someone else's writing
but I wanted to achieve a hit with my
writing. So, I went after it.
"I have an amazing team in my corner
making sure I stay on the right path. The
team includes Walt Lovelace, Martin
"Mice" Raymond, Lee Alyoung, Gary
Jordan, Simon Baptiste and my family."
She continued: "I produced Heart be
Light at Studio J Recordings with Jason
Dasent, a long-time friend.
"I included Kevon Carter on the first
single---Call Me Baby ---as he was a great
fit for my concept and talented as well as
a vocalist and writer. I am so very happy
to give something to my fans who are
still there supporting me. It's wonderful
to have that kind of fuel in your engine.
"It forces you to live up to your poten-
tial. I am in Trinidad for the season and
busy with corporate functions as well
as supporting the single and the album.
I can be easily found on FB," she said.
Despite living in the UK and parts
of the US for many years, the affable
Kelshall-Bynoe remains "Trini to the
bone," still holding on to many of her
childhood peeves and likes. For in-
stance, she thinks ice cream should
come in just two flavours---strawberry
"I go into art shops just to smell
the grey and white erasers," she adds.
"Again, it reminds me of my first new
pencil box for 'big school'
. The smell of
preserved pepper mango and preserved
pepper plums makes me weak. I actually
prefer to smell it than eat it."
Kelshall continued: "Although I am
based in the US I am always in Trini-
dad for performances. I actually think I
live in Trinidad more than Florida. It's a
short ride home and airfare is inexpen-
sive, which makes working constantly in
Trinidad an option. I am in Trinidad for
the entire Christmas season and will be
there for Carnival as well. We are deep
into the season and my performance
schedule is heavy."
Faced with the challenge of marketing
and promoting her album, Kelshall-By-
noe keeps faith that her beautiful voice
will take her over all obstacles in her
"I was telling daddy that this is where
all the hard work falls through the cracks
as I just don't have that money to put
an ad in the papers every day," said
Kelshall-Bynoe. "I love that he respects
always forced us to stand on our own
feet. Next time, I will seek funding first
and then attempt.
"However, I can't complain. My song
is doing well so I am grateful."
Popular singer Tricia Lee Kelshall has released her first solo album.
PHOTO COURTESY GARY JORDAN
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