Three times International Soca Monarch (ISM) Aaron ‘Voice’ St Louis bowed out of the 2019 competition with a statement on his Instagram feed on Friday 25 January. The contest has recently been rebranded as Fantastic Friday and is now under new management in the form of soca artist Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez.
Voice’s statement is below:
The truth is that in 2016, after winning my first title, my team and I decided to challenge ourselves to win three consecutive titles. It took a lot of planning, preparation, sleepless nights and sacrifices but in the end, with the grace of God, we achieved our objective.
I love competing and bringing the best out of myself, my team and my fellow competitors but we have new goals now and competing is not one of them. I can’t deny that a huge part of me wants to take part in both the Soca and Calypso Monarch competitions again, but I don’t make decisions in a silo. I always involve my team and my family in all major decisions, and we’re in agreement that it’s time to pursue different challenges – which will hopefully open more doors for our younger soca artistes. My biggest goal now is to do my part to have soca become a globally recognized genre.
I am eternally grateful to everyone who supported me year after year; you guys are the reason I am able to do what I do. I love you all dearly. I am thankful for all the opportunities that ISM has afforded me, and I encourage everyone to continue to support the competition and help to sustain it. I believe I did my small part and I’m proud to be a part of the history.
I think that the competition is in great hands and I know it will continue to grow! Best of luck to the new board and all participants!
Look out for more news on the International Soca Monarch competition.