Caribbean Christmas Songs and playlists are unique, with reggae, zouk, parang and soca carols mixing seamlessly with American standards and Kwansa riddims. ‘ Last minute Christmas Shopping’ is a bouncy, humorous, melodic reggae track that happens to be a true story for Kirton, as every year he battles Bridgetown traffic on Christmas Eve for his gift selections!
David Kirton has earned the title of Barbados’s Reggae Godfather, he is a multiple Barbados Music Award Winner, critically acclaimed songwriter, and touring artist. Anderson Armstrong is celebrated Calypsonian, a multiple finalist in the National Calypso Competitions, founding member of Square One, a Barbadian Band that enjoyed a decade of dominating the radio stations, Carnivals and party playlists throughout the Caribbean.
Kirton’s inspiration for collaborating were simple “It is always an honor to be included in someone else’s music project. I’ve been a long time fan of Andy Armstrong and his ability to deliver hit songs year after year”. Anderson ‘Blood’ Armstrong inspiration; “ I wanted to produce a reggae track, I had not attempted one for a long time, Christmas was around the corner, I was inspired and started creating. i decided to make a Reggae track for the holiday season. It helps that I happen to love Christmas!”
Fate played a hand, they both attended a Barbados Coalition of Service Industries (BCSI) Songwriting Workshop. Armstrong; “He (David Kirton) is one of our (Barbados’) leading reggae artists and if you are going to do reggae, get a top Reggae artist. Plus when I approached him at BCSI he was excited about the project and did not turn the track down”. Kirton; “One listen to the music track, in the middle of the seminar, and I was on board. It’s a groovy, fun rhythm”.
Kirton; “ I made a decision to step out of my comfort zone, this is my first Christmas song. It was a refreshing challenge to come up with the concept, lyrics and vocal melodies in a short space of time. Working with Andy was an enjoyable, worthwhile experience”. Armstrong; “I really enjoyed working with David and I would say that most definitely I would want to have another collaboration with him”.
‘Last Minute Christmas Shopping’ written & performed by David Kirton, composed & produced by Anderson Armstrong, backing vocals: Faith Callender. Recorded at: ToneDef Studio, Mixed & Mastered by: Anthony Lowhar @ CMI. Executive producer: Reddhead Records Inc. Published by: Andjena Publishing and BirdsEye Music Barbados.
Kirton is currently finishing his (5th) album due for release in April 2017. Previous David Kirton releases; Stranger, Modern Roots, Time for Change and Island Songs for Children.
Song title: Last Minute Christmas Shopping
Written and performed by: David Kirton
Composer: Anderson Armstrong
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