In a world where the majority of emerging female artists tend to play on their sexuality or ride a wave of controversy all the way to bank, its rare to find true talent in its raw, uncut form, but this scarcity does exist. For a prime example of a diva in the making, you need look no further than the sultry singing sensation, Nadia Batson.
Having spent years as a major force behind the scenes as a songwriter, producer and one of Trinidad And Tobagos most sought-after background vocalists, Nadia is finally set to take her rightful place as one of the Caribbeans premiere solo songstresses and songwriters.
She also lends her talents to some other artistes behind the scenes, having written and co-produced the popular single Go Ahead And Do Dat for Soca diva Michelle Sylvester.
Then there's her protégé, Young Marcel, for whom she has penned numerous tunes including Jumping Up (which won him the 2002 Junior Soca-Monarch crown), and Bridging The Gap (which took the teen to the Soca Monarch finals in 2003). Young Marcel won his second Junior Soca Monarch title in 2006 with another of Nadias creations Running Red.
She is best known perhaps for writing a string of chart-topping singles in the last two years that includes Michelle Sylvesters now classic Go Ahead and Sleeping In Your Bed, as well as Terry Seales D Waist.
In 2005 Sylvester went on to win the International Soca Queen and Groovy Soca Monarch titles with Nadias Sleeping In My Bed, while Terry Seales took D Waist all the way to the Soca Monarch finals where he was a favourite with the crowd.
In 2006, Nadia continues to be a hit-making writer, having penned such smashes as Roy Cape vocalist Rita Jones Carnival Feeling and Michelle Sylvesters Face Me. As a solo artist she has hit one of her highest peaks in the business, thanks to her Zouk-tinged 2006 Carnival hit, One Island which carried her all the way to the prestigious Soca Monarch Finals (along with Jones and Sylvester). Nadia earned an impressive fourth place.
During the summer of 2006 she went on to pen the mega-hit Flames for Barry Chandler (lead singer of the band Jabae), who copped the Party Monarch and Road March titles in Barbados. In addition Expose a song she penned for El A Kru lead vocalist Tizzy went on to claim second place in Antiguas Party Monarch competition.
Since Trinidad's carnival, fans have been delighted to see her performing as a lead vocalist in the super-popular Kes The Band, alongside renowned vocalist Kees Dieffenthaller.
Visit Nadia Batson at www.myspace.com/nadiabatson
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