By Natasha Ofosu
Trinidad & Tobago | Friday 27 May 2016: 9:09 BST
Trinidadian soca artist Nadia Batson is celebrating her tenth year in the industry with the release of a new album. Real is an eleven track collection, on which Batson said she wanted to showcase her ‘fun side’. The title also speaks to her work ethos. “Real not only represents the relationship between me and my fans, it also represents my approach to my craft,” she said. “The honesty and vulnerability that are evident in my music are what make it, and me, so real.” Batson, who is known for hits such as Shiver and Caribbean Girl, wrote or co-wrote many of the songs on the album. She also worked with production heavyweights Precision Productions, Martian Music, Stadic Music, Mega Mick and AdvoKit Productions. The collection is Batson’s sixth studio album. It is dominated by mid-tempo, groovy carnival songs, such as Party Capital on the Railroad Riddim, Magic with Sekon Sta, who was the 2015 International Soca Monarch Breakout Artiste, Sorry, and her ode to the genre, Soca Is Life. She drops a touch of Grenadian Jab Jab with the tune Turbulence, and caters for steel pan fans on Music Inside Meh Head. The latter was the tune of choice for BPTT Renegades steelband at the 2016 National Panorama Finals, and they placed third. Batson shines on Secrets, a track written by Dale Ryan and Emmanuel Rudder which has a rich, sweet melody anchored by brass instruments and lush vocal harmonies. On More Nadie, a ragga-soca track, she is brutally honest as she echoes a view held by many about the lack of recognition she has experienced despite her wide vocal range and accomplishments as a songwriter and producer: “So much years inna de business, still underrated/ So meh kick down de door because meh fed up waiting...” Batson began singing and writing songs as a child, and turned professional when she was 17. In the intervening years she won a popular local talent competition called Party Time, singing with a girl group named Silhouette. She was a member of folk singer Andre Tanker’s One World Contraband until his death in 2003, and in 2005 become the lone female voice in Kes the Band. That association ended in 2011 when Batson left to establish Trinidad and Tobago’s only all-female soca band SASS Nation. Real is on the Fox Fuse label, and is available worldwide from all major digital retailers.