Where music is concerned my dream is to become a world respect artist who tours the world performing in various countries. Yet for the average Eastern-Caribbean based artiste, even with technological advances, demographics pose a challenge, especially when you do not have a huge budget to spend on marketing and promotional activities.
So when a friend made a suggestion that I look into a promotional performance in New York I was instantly excited and determined to make it a reality. Once I got the idea in my mind I though, “why just stop in New York? What if I could somehow make this a promotional Tour and perform in different states?” For me it was all about realizing the adage, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door!”
And so the wheels for my Promotional Music Tour in the US were set in motion. It took countless internet searches, emails, and telephone calls, but in a matter of two weeks I had received confirmation of promotional performances at four venues in three states.
Then came the next hurdle… Financing. But even though at the time funding was not yet secured, I can honestly say that I did not doubt that the promotional tour would have occurred. So with a positive spirit and unwavering determination, a strategy was devised and several institutions contacted.
Thanks to the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries, Digicel Saint Lucia, My Kind of Travel and St Lucia Distillers (distributors of Chairman’s Reserve) , my Promotional Tour with the absolutely talented Dwight Florent on Guitar, and Feature Performances by St Lucia’s energetic EDM artiste, The Mecca was made a reality!
I take this opportunity to express deepest thanks and appreciation to the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries, Digicel Saint Lucia, My Kind of Travel and St Lucia Distillers distributors of Chairman’s Reserve for sharing in my the vision and coming on board without hesitation.
Perhaps what was even more rewarding for me, was the opportunity to showcase the talents of two amazing St Lucian artisans during the promotional tour; hand-painted clothing designs by Kimberly Solana of 8ttava and hand-crafted jewelry by Terril Nicholas of Illuminating Designs. For every performance during the promotional tour, I was adorned in creations by these amazingly talented women. Please visit their pages to view their selection of unique hand-painted attire and dazzling jewelry available just for you!
On August 16, 2015 I chartered into the US and the journey that has unfolded from then to now has been an one filled with new experiences, proud moments, successes, raving reviews, warm welcomes, a few stresses, some tears but ultimately an extremely fulfilling one!
First came #HoustonTexas, with a riveting acoustic performance by Dwight and I at Café 4212.
Special thank you to Shawna Nikole Letcher of Ame Entertainment, Peter Rene, The Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Texas (CAHFT)and the Saint Lucia Foundation of Texas for the support and assistance with Houston leg of the Promotional Tour.
After Houston, came the #NewYork leg of promotional Tour! On Saturday August 29, 2015 the Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York and Chrycee Musique, presented Chrycee & The Mecca Live in Concert. Saint Lucian Pop Princess Mon Cherie made a special appearance at the event and the turn out at the Saint Lucia House in Brooklyn was phenomenal.
On Display and available for sale were hand-crafted jewelry pieces by Terril Nicholas of Illuminating Designs and hand-made all natural skin-care products by Nydia Norville of Choiselle.
I am truly grateful to Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York, Mr Julian Dubois and Mr Jeremiah Hyacinth for openly welcoming the idea of hosting a live performance at the Saint Lucia House, and for rallying around us in ensuring that it was a truly memorable night!
From there Mecca & I joined the extremely talented Michel Aubertin in Staten Island for a Sunday afternoon performance at La Marina Ti Ki Bar.
The last stop on the promotional tour was in #HollywoodFlorida when we joined the Erace the Hate Team, spearheaded by Marcano Sax; a brilliantly talented saxophone player, for a showcase performance at Ginger Bay Café. Erace the Hate is a team of individuals focused on social innovation and social change, with an ultimate view to better the welfare of people and increase peace. Visit their web-page for information on how you can be a part of this amazing movement.
Beautiful Dreamers Message: “If Opportunity does not knock! Create a Door!” Anything you desire is possible if you are relentless in your pursuit of it. No goal is unreachable!