“One of many classics in the Dennis Brown catalogue, “Love Has Found its Way” is a favourite among his fans. They include singer Annicia Banks who recently covered the song. Her version, produced by Raw Vue Music, was released in February. Brown, who died in July 1999, would have turned 64 on the 1st of that month.”
“Massachusetts-based singer Annicia Banks was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and has supplied backing vocals for such big reggae names as Bunny Wailer, Judy Mowatt, and Dennis Brown. These have all left their marks on Annicia’s debut release, which contains plenty of reggae in a pre-digital revolution style. ‘Jamaica Forever’ is a song of praise for the island, but it has a tough roots sound and the DJ King Kohai in support, whilst ‘It’s You’ is a fine love song grounded in day-to-day realities. Dennis Brown’s ‘Love Has Found Its Way’ nods both to early 70s Philadelphia sweet soul and the UK sound of Lover’s Rock – it also features saxman Dean Frazer, who played on Brown’s original. ‘Hush’ has a tough roots reggae sound akin to The Twinkle Brothers, ‘It’s Too Late’ nods towards early 80s reggae, and Bob Andy supplies and appears on the bright-sounding ‘Free, Free, Free’ (some may recall him from hitmakers Bob & Marcia) though it is Dennis Brown’s influence most clearly heard on Annicia’s singing here. ‘Restore My Soul’ is beautifully sung reggae-gospel, a fine close to a very listenable set of Jamaican sounds. (RAWVUE) www.rawvuemusic.com“
-Norman Darwen, RNR Magazine (April 2021 print issue)
“Annicia Banks, who has made a name for herself in the reggae music world, is about to release her professional solo debut. The EP is called Up Front, and the songs gathered on the recording are both personal and heartfelt, showcasing carefully curated covers of classic tunes and new songs from artists she used to tour the world with. The debut single is Banks’ version of “Love Has Found Its Way,” a cover song of the Dennis Emmanuel Brown classic.”
“Annicia showcases her amazing voice with a nice mixture of soul and reggae with such other tracks as Jamaica Forever, Hush, Restore My Soul and so much more. This album also features an amazing performance, great songwriting talent and a superb recording. This is an album you need to add to your reggae library.”
“Delightful in it’s difference, this is a smoking set that announces the arrival of a talent that’s been hiding in plain sight for way too long. Simply smoking.”
The UP FRONT EP will release in stores and online March 5, 2021. The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “LOVE HAS FOUND ITS WAY” featuring original saxophonist DEAN FRASER, is available now!
For Immediate Release – New York, NY – ANNICIA BANKS is a reggae singer-songwriter from Kingston, Jamaica. She has toured the Caribbean, United States, Asia, Africa, and Europe, using the dulcet tones of her voice to provide background support for internationally acclaimed reggae artists Judy Mowatt (of I-Threes fame), Bunny Wailer (original member of The Wailers), Sister Carol, and the legendary “Crown Prince of Reggae” Dennis Emmanuel Brown. ANNICIA BANKS will finally seize the spotlight with the release of her debut solo UP FRONT EP in stores and online March 5, 2021. The EP will introduce her own original songs, including a collaboration with the late and legendary Bob Andy, and as the first single a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser is available now.
With influences including Bob Marley, Bob Andy, Judy Mowatt, Aretha Franklin, and The Clark Sisters, ANNICIA BANKS has provided background harmonies at countless recording sessions. She can be heard supporting a who’s who list of reggae greats on a variety of classic tracks, including her cover versions of “Thank You Lord” by Curtis Mayfield and “This Love” by The Joy-Tones, which has become a staple at Jamaican parties to this day. Her all-female Light Of Love trio with Sharon Tucker and Joy Tulloch has performed all across Jamaica, thrilling audiences with the sound of their euphonious voices at numerous concerts and shows. She was also one of the lead singers for the 12 Tribes of Israel band.
ANNICIA BANKS showcases a treasure trove of talent with the release of her long-anticipated solo effort UP FRONT EP on the Raw Vue Music label. Raw Vue is an independent label based in New York that supports emerging and established artists via recorded music, publishing, artist management, strategic brand development, and beyond. They were quick to recognize the Raw talent of ANNICIA BANKS and are proud to put out this debut release!
Currently residing in Massachusetts, ANNICIA BANKS is also a mother, singer-songwriter, and world-class chef with a passion for driving long distances. Her favorite saying is “one day at a time,” and she exemplifies the sincere meaning of “patience surpasses learning.” The second of seven children born to Kenneth Banks and Vera Barrett in Kingston, Jamaica, at the age of eight she participated in school plays and talent shows while attending Holy Trinity Secondary School, which piqued her interest in singing. During her teenage years she participated in talent shows all across the island, where she was continually recognized by several top people in the music industry.
The UP FRONT EP will release in stores and online March 5, 2021. The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser, is available now.
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