“Up Front has warm Caribbean rhythms in an interesting fusion between reggae and funk.”
“With a convincingly powerful and very supple and full-bodied voice, the protagonist presents her mixture of reggae with some soul elements. Always happy music, with this irresistible Caribbean flair and the classic swaying reggae rhythm, so wonderfully lascivious and danceable. This is music for the soul and the outer extremities. The addition of soul to “Love Has Found Its Way” also gives the song a pop-oriented orientation and fully justifies the release as a single.”
“Her new UP FRONT EP is also her first! It’s a shocking revelation when considering the power, quality and aesthetics of her voice. Annicia Banks showcases a treasure trove of talent with the release of this long-anticipated solo effort on the Raw Vue Music label. A vital release that certainly addresses issues of under-representation of women Reggae vocalists.
The first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown song “Love Has Found Its Way” featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser, is such a steaming version that you want to keep it on the deck for several rewinds. Annicia paying respect to the original version, soars vocally in her own way, gliding over some great harmonies on the latter part of the song. The version would have made Dennis proud and it’s certainly the best one I have ever heard of this classic Reggae song.
Annica Banks is not only stunningly impressive as a vocalist, she also shines with some great songwriting, particularly on the powerfully rootsy song ‘Hush.’ She actually sings from the soul over a considerable vocal range and does it naturally, no gimmicks, no auto-tune. We look forward to a full-blown LP out later this year.”
Translated from Dutch: “Not only does she keep the reggae fire burning, she also tries to give the genre a contemporary twist. We get a good example of this with opening track ‘Jamaica Forever,’ where King Kohai sneaks into the song rapping. In successor ‘It’s You’ Banks sounds more like a soul artist, albeit on a reggae beat. The mix of soul and reggae comes to the fore even more clearly in successor ‘Love Has Found It’s Way.’ Traditional reggae is the groove on which ‘Hush’ floats. A little later she pulls out all the stops vocally in closing track ‘Restore My Soul.’
Annicia Banks has all the trumps to give reggae a new glow. She has the right feeling to write her own songs, views the genre with an ‘open mind’ and above all she is blessed with a wonderful voice. One to discover!”
“This breezy, beautiful, uplifting new 7-track EP opens with the sumptuous bounce and flow of ‘Jamaica Forever’ (feat. King Kobai) and backs that up seamlessly with the gentle hipsway of ‘It’s You’ and then the joyous, Reggae-lite, Caribbean hipsway of the first single, a cover of the Dennis Brown hit ‘Love Has Found Its Way’ (featuring original saxophonist Dean Fraser) is brought forth.
Next up is the one-two, foot-tappin’ beats of ‘Hush’ and that’s backed by the summer breeze of ‘It’s Too Late,’ with the EP rounding out on the beautifully crafted ‘Free, Free, Free’ (feat. Bob Andy), closing on the alluringly melodious ‘Restore My Soul.’“
“Singing her songs of freedom, Kingstonian queen of dancehall stands up to be counted. Annicia Banks spent a lot of time on-stage to guarantee the success of the results of her visit to the studio whence the islander emerged with six originals and one cover which are bound to firmly establish this artiste on the scene.”
“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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