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When Arielle Cowie
dreams, she isn't
falling, her teeth
aren't spilling out,
she's not taking a
test she hasn't prepared for, and
she most de initely isn't showing
up to work naked.
No. Arielle Cowie's dreams
aren't like everyone else's. For
one, hers are the size of Gram-
Lithe, dimpled, and tou-
sle-haired, with a grace and ease
that would charm the pants off
Scrooge himself, it would seem
that the 27-year-old Diego Mar-
tin native was a natural-born
performer. With gigs alongside
legends like Tarrus Riley, Major
Lazer, and Machel Montano
under her belt, it's hard to picture
her doing anything else but sing.
Unfortunately, I didn't know
As an import quite removed
from the local music scene - soca
aside - my irst introduction to
Arielle was probably the most dis-
passionate. I Googled her.
What I cobbled together in
the few minutes I spent lea ing
through was at best a confused
sketch of a rookie whose sudden
exhibit of vocal prowess war-
ranted a couple of headlines.
At worst, it was a disconnect.
A hockey player turned singer?
Still, eager to prove the dark
side of my skepticism wrong, I de-
cided to give her a listen. I found
Drop, her irst single and seem-
ingly the most well-attended. But
with 14,000 views - modest by
Youtube standards - I wasn't pre-
dicting any grand innovation.
Boy, was I wrong.
Drop takes the tired trope of lost
love and gives it a sultry, dusky
R&B kink worthy of Alessia Cara
or Jhene Aiko. Unlike most of its
contemporaries though, it's not
the beat that emerges clear victor;
it's Arielle. Fiercely talented, with
a surprising intimacy that even a
computer screen couldn't damp,
Arielle was every bit the artist I
didn't expect her to be.
When I inally met her, on
a sunny Friday morning that
begged a Maracas run, at a too-
well air-conditioned section of
Dianne's Tea Shop, it's no doubt
that I had questions abound.
Naturally, the irst talking point
was her former career as a preco-
cious hockey player with a cov-
eted stint on Trinidad's national
"I was born into a family that
played ield hockey. My parents,
my four siblings, everyone played
the sport. I was an absolute tom-
boy and hockey was just fun.
It wasn't a discipline; it wasn't
work; it was just something we
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Arie always did, and thankfully, I was
good at it," she said.
Despite her early aptitude,
her irst of icial induction into
the sport came at 13 when she
joined Holy Name Convent and
was placed on a team. Soon, that
spark bubbled into a full-time call-
ing, earning her a sports scholar-
ship to Ohio State University,
and eventually a place on T&T's
National Women's' Field Hockey
team. The team competed in
Brazil for a place at the 2012 Pan
American Games but failed to
make much headway.
Only slightly dispirited, Arielle
returned to college, where she
rode out the rest of her scholar-
ship, graduating in 2013 with a
Bachelor's in International Busi-
ness, a minor in Spanish, and a
catalogue of awards and wins as
And yet, something was amiss.
The thriving sports career
she had worked so hard
to build and maintain
didn't seem quite ful-
illing anymore. In its
place, came something a lot more
cardinal - an intuitive, inbuilt, im-
pulse. A need to sing.
With her degree in hand and
cautious dreams mounting, she
made her way to New York.
When Arielle talks about her
brief two-month spell there, she
grows animated. There's a glint
to her bright, almond-eyes as she
talks about immersing herself
in the Big Apple's robust music
scene, in resonant venues, trying
to make sense of what role she
could play in all of it. But up until
that point, she had never pursued
what she calls her "one true love."
"It was fear and cowardice. For
as long as I remember, all I've
wanted to do was sing. But hockey
was a safe choice. I had grown up
I let it de ine me," she explained.
"I was so worried about what
other people thought of me and
my voice and if I was good enough
remember, all I've
wanted to do was sing.
But hockey was a safe
choice. I had grown up
with it, I knew I was
de ine me..."
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