This past week I was given the pleasure of speaking with reggae great, Yvonne Curtis about her new Greatest Hits Album released in August. When I first noticed the album it surprised me. How it is that someone I had only heard of in passing was able to put out a massive 3-disc greatest hits album? Had I missed the boat? Apparently I had.
It's always an uphill battle to the mainstream. Often the most talented artists go for decades without the commercial recognition they deserve. Despite her lack of commercial success Yvonne Curtis is a driving force in reggae music with an evolving sound that has spanned the entire reggae spectrum. Since 1978 she has released 11 albums, as well as numerous compilations and singles.
Her time may finally be coming, though. Yvonne's management team shared that she recently signed a contract with Digital Jukebox, which is publishing in association with BBC London. They feel this will be a great opportunity to get her name out, and they plan to promote her with music videos, collaborations, cross-over tracks, and a Christmas album which is due out soon. When I asked her how she felt about the label, Yvonne said, “It's fantastic, it seems I've got my work cut out for me. [Digital Jukebox] will take me to places I have never been. That is fantastic.”