Fused Reggae, R&B and Sweet Soca Singer Whitfield Batson’s Interview
Whitfield Batson shares his musical journey, including the upcoming release of this new “PUT THAT LOVE ON ME”, in an interview with Queen Gee.
What is your given name at birth? WHITFIELD RANDALL BATSON
What is your stage name? WHITFIELD BATSON
How long have you been doing music? MY FIRST RECORDINGS TOOK PLACE IN 1983. I RECORDED TWO SONGS WHICH WERE RELEASED ON THE UK-RUFF CUTT LABEL“ONE DIRECTION” AND “I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU” WHICH FEATURED THE VOCALS OF JACKIE JONES.
What genre of music do you do? I AM A LOVER OF ALL TYPES OF MUSIC BUT MY MAIN PRACTISED ART LEANS TOWARDS FUSED REGGAE, R&B AND SWEET SOCA.
What motivates your brand of music? HAVING LIVED IN EUROPE AND THE CARIBBEAN, I TEND TO PULL IDEAS FROM WHAT I EXPERIENCED IN BOTH TERRITORIES. THIS IS MANIFESTED IN MY LYRICS AND ARRANGEMENTS.
Are you currently signed to a record label? MY MUSIC IS PRESENTLY RELEASED ON THE ENTENTE LABEL AND DIGITALLY DISTRIBUTED WORLDWIDE BY TUNECORE.
You have a brand new song that will be released soon…tell us about the song and when it will be released. THE NEW SONG IS CALLED “PUT THAT LOVE ON ME” IT CARRIES AN UPLIFTING STATEMENT FOR LOVE. REGGAE AND SOUL MIXES ARE SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE ON THE 29TH JANUARY 2018.
Tell us about some of the other songs you have already released? I AM PRESENTLY WORKING ON AN ALBUM AND HAVE RECENTLY RELEASED TRACKS LIKE “EVERYDAY IS JUST A HOLIDAY” A SONG ORIGINALLY RECORDED IN 1969 BY A GROUP CALLED THE SENSATIONS FROM JAMAICA. THE TRACK FEATURES SOCA SUPERSTAR PETER RAM. OTHER TRACKS RELEASED SO FAR ARE “WHEN WE’RE DANCING”, “NO WAY” AND “IF I SAY I LOVE YOU”, WHICH FEATURES BUGGY NHAKENTE. “EVERYDAY IS JUST A HOLIDY” IS THE ONLY COVER RELEASED; ALL THE OTHERS ARE MY OWN COMPOSITIONS.
How can fans purchase your music? MY MUSIC IS AVAILABLE FROM ALL LEADING DIGITAL MUSIC STORES I.E ITUNES, SPOTIFY, AMAZON AND MORE.
What is your greatest achievement since you became a professional singer? SIX ENTERTAINERS FROM THE UK HAVE RECORDED LYRICS ON THE BEAT TO “WHEN WE’RE DANCING” INCLUDING MICHAEL GORDON FROM THE INVESTIGATORS AND CARROLL THOMPSON WHO IS RATED AS THE QUEEN OF BRITISH REGGAE LOVERS ROCK.
When can your fans expect from you in 2018? MORE GREAT MUSIC AND A MINI UK TOUR SET FOR AUGUST 2018.
More about Whitfield Batson
Whitfield Batson was born in Paddington, West London. His parents moved from Barbados to the United Kingdom in the early 1960’s.
At the age of three he was sent to live with his Mothers family in Barbados and had no choice but to fall in love with music as he was heavily influence by his Uncles, who owned and operated Reid’s Hi Fi, a popular sound system from the sixties and seventies.
He returned to England as a teenager and thought it fitting to become certified in Audio Engineering and Videography. His love for music drew him into music management when he took on The Undivided Roots Band in 1984. Under Batson’s management, THE UNDIVIDED ROOTS BAND released their first chart topping album “Ultimate Experience” in 1985 and off loaded a number of hit singles: Party Nite, Rock Dis Ya Music and Nature of Love to name a few.
Their efforts were conclusively recognized by the media and those in the reggae music industry, as a result, in 1988, they were voted for the first time Best Reggae Group at the British Reggae Industry Awards.
As interest in the Band’s live performances continued to grow so did the interest in the Band’s recordings, resulting in a contract singing with Mango/Island Records in 1990.
The band has irrevocably been respected over the years as one of the most talented group of Reggae Musicians and Producers to emerge from the United Kingdom.
Batson also developed a talent for writing and wrote or co-wrote songs for Glen Goldsmith, Slim Batson and the Undivided Roots Band.
In 1990, Whitfield’s keen interest in the music industry was spotted by Carl Palmer who invited him to join Jet Star Phonographic; at that time, the largest UK based company specializing in the distribution of black music throughout Europe.
Whitfield returned to live in Barbados in 1994 and has managed or coordinated projects for local acts like Slam City, Lil Rick, Buggy Nhakente, Red Alarm and Shane Forester. He’s also developed a love for acting and appeared in the 2014 folk musical “How Hard the Times”
After years of working behind the scenes, Batson now finds time to work on his own projects but is always ready to share his experience with others.