Shuga, formerly known as Sugar Brown, is a reggae singer from Jamaica. She won the famous jamaican talent-show Digicel Rising Stars in 2009 and from that moment her life totally changed. For a lot of time she opened the concerts of Tanya Stephens (her mentor) all over the world : from Europe to Africa. Now Shuga is loved from the whole reggae scene because of her intense and newrootz voice. Gege Vibes interwieved her for you.
Hi Shuga. When did you begin your musical journey?
I’ve been singing since I was way to young to know that I would want a career in music my musical journey began in church where I sang on the choir and at one point was the choir director i sang in school and entered high school song competitions and I was also doing weekly gigs at a casino in my parish st James I was later introduced to Tanya tephens who was looking for background singers , I went on tour with her and that experience changed my life.
What are your reggae music’s models and who is your mentor?
I have many role models but Tanya stephens is one that I look up to and respect for demonstrating perseverance which is key and for giving me an opportunity to see how loved our music was to people all around the world
In 2009 you won the Digicel Rising Star competition. What changed in your life since then?
When I won the competition in 2009 my entire life changed, I now wanted to peruse a career in music so I wasn’t singing back ground vocals anymore,I had fans ,I was not just Mitsy campbell anymore I was Shuga now I was to become someone’s role model, with A microphone in my hand I had an opportunity to stand for something.
Why has Brown Sugar became Shuga? Does the modification of The stage name represent your artistic evolution?
The name change from brown shuga to just shuga occurred when an injunction was signed against me by a media personality asking that I no longer use the name Brown shuga.
Is it Very difficult To be An artist, a woman and a mom? Especially in a prevailing male musical scene. How did you get the respect of the most important singers of the genre?
I find it quite easy to be a mom and making music brings so much joy to me being a woman is a blessing but in a male-dominated industry I won’t say it’s easy at all but I’ve learned that obstacles are things you see when u take your eyes off the prize.
What about your Land? Describe to us the Jamaican colours, sounds, and perfumes.
Jamaica is the land of wood and water, Jah Mek yah it’s always summer here we have beautiful beaches. I can always go to the river. Marijuana is my favorite perfume.
What about your tour, your travels, and your future projects?
I really enjoy touring, meeting new people, performing, and interacting with my audience. I was in Europe last summer I did a few festivals. reggae jam festival, Reeds festive,l and Rototom festival to name a few and I’m definitely looking forward to doing it all over again this year. my Ep is coming soon.
Thank you for this interview…
Bless up to Gege vibes for endorsing reggae music to the fullest nuff love and respect for the strength!