Posted on 01 March 2012.
For the child of a well-renowned musician, carrying their parents’ legacy presents the toughest challenges; leaving your own hails as even more unenviable task. But don’t tell that to the daughter of one of Jamaica’s greatest foundation Reggae stars.
Shana Wilson, more popularly known by her stage name, Chaina hails as the daughter of legendary Reggae singer, Delroy Wilson, whose long resume of hits includes Dancing Mood, Better Must Come, and Last Thing on My Mind amongst several others. However, she only got glimpses of her father’s eye-catching voice before Delroy Wilson’s shocking death at the hands of a liver ailment in 1995, when Shana was only six years old.
However, Wilson’s scintillating voice left an indelible mark on his fans and family; propelling Chaina to pursue a similar route to her father. Professionally recording since the age of 17, the emerging young singer has always been inspired by her father’s work; hoping to build on a well-laid foundation that the prominent Reggae icon left behind.
“When I hear his sounds sometimes it’s like I feel a sense of pride, to know that he left such a legacy and I have taken it on myself to pick up where he left off & take it far more than he ever could imagine, starting with a few of my own then working on some of his songs that were classic,” she said.
One of those songs was a remake of Delroy Wilson’s classic single, Rain from the Sky which featured a sensual duet or past and present with Chaina laying smooth, pleasing vocals reminiscent of her father’s hay day. This song perhaps showcases the strongest evidence that her father’s spirit run through her veins, no matter what she does.
“If I’m reading, I’m singing, doing homework, I’m singing, if I’m sleeping, I’m singing; sometimes I couldn’t get through homework or studying without putting it into a song,” she said.
Surely though, you’d assume that carrying the torch of a musical pioneer comes with its burdens. But for Chaina, she calls it an honor and privilege.
“I don’t feel pressured at all, as a matter of fact. I feel blessed! Not many have this type of foundation to work with and as it stands I’m honored every day to even think of it all. Mark it, I know I’d have major shoes to fill but I was never intimidated by it in anyway,” she insists.
Chaina now looks to create her own aura in 2012 as she looks to garner mainstream success on the local and international scene. Some of her most recent singles include Love Sick, an adult contemporary themed track, initially produced by Flo Factory and later redone via Sonic Sound Studio.
In the near future, Chaina plans to unveil her next single, For Love, produced by breakthrough Antiguan producer, Shatta Don and Don Productions. According to the up-and-coming artiste, the song and accompanying video regarding For Love will reveal various traits of her engaging personality.
“My latest single can tell you some of what I’m about! Which is being strong, in love, flirtatious, sweet you know; bring back some of the fun and spontaneity in music.”
Additionally, she’s currently working on other news projects with fellow emerging young singer, Saine and What’s In My Cup singer, Richie Loop.
Aware of the decline of pure, young mainstream Reggae acts within Jamaican music, Chaina seeks to break that trend; using versatility and knowledge of music’s pros and cons to become a long-lasting force within the industry while breaking stereotypes along the way.
“Everybody have drive, determination; the will to thrive but how bad do they really want it? I believe that there are too much young artistes who are coming up who need to do their homework on the background of this music business; they need to find out what works and what doesn’t and many of them take up being bad man or the diva thing too quick and they’re still on the ground,” she believes.
With that in mind, Chaina intimates that success isn’t a maybe, it’s a must.
“Failure for me is never an option, I have the drive to get where I want and the patience to take my time getting there, no matter how long it takes nothing beats a failure more than a try.”
Check out Shana Wilson’s music on her official Reverbnation page: http://www.reverbnation.com/Shanawilsonmusic