Rreecey, a New York based soca artiste, left Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday, after a week of media stops to promote brand new music that could very well catapult her into the mainstream soca market. Humble yet determined, the vibrant entertainer who teamed up with Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop, introduced soca lovers to ‘Auto Body’ with a level of exuberance and pride that’s often hard to come by.
Rreecey is Shereece Bernard. She lives in the US, but has held her homeland, Trinidad and Tobago close to her heart since 2005, when she migrated. As the carnival excitement looms, Rreecey makes it abundantly clear that she is ready to dive into the soca market, and is excited to make her formal entry with a single written by super songwriter, Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop.
Last week, Rreecey, accompanied by her fellow artiste, Eggy Dan, leveraged a week- long media tour, hitting a number of media houses, including Red 96.7FM, Tobago Channel 5, Wack FM, Boomchampions 94.1FM and even taking the stage at the Pavement Lime in Tobago. She says the experience was phenomenal. “I am so grateful for the chance to show off my talent- share it with my people,” she said. The budding singer even made an introductory connection with Soca heavyweight, Shurwayne Winchester- something she didn’t quite imagine would happen.
Throughout her career, Rreecey has looked up to the late Singing Sandra and soca hit makers, Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons. Her development in the music industry was guided to a great extent by Singing Sandra who she worked closely with during performances at Calypso Tents in New York. “I worked with Singing Sandra in 2014 and she showed me the ropes during that time,” explained the artiste, recalling that the Calypso matriarch would call her ‘daughter,’ much like she referred to many up-and-coming females in the local entertainment fraternity.
Now, armed with quite a bit of experience, having persevered in the Calypso tent arena in the US, the Belmont, Trinidad native has waded onto the soca scene. Her new single, ‘Auto Body,’ is just a taste of what she plans to consistently deliver. “The song was produced by Lunatix Productions out of Trinidad and I’m really happy about it. I decided to rely on Shaft for a new sound, new energy, different vibe to the music,” she added, explaining that other songs delivered in the past, whether collaboratively with Eggy Dan, or as a solo artiste, have been well received across the US. “We have a pretty strong support system in the US. We’ve performed at major carnival events, taking the stage alongside artistes like Patrice Roberts, Destra and Peter Ram, in different states like Philadelphia, Boston and of course, New York,” she said.
Now, with her new single unleashed, Rreecey says she can’t wait to return to T&T for Carnival. For more on Rreecey, follow her journey via Instagram @rreecey_music.