December 2012 is the confirmed date for the release of Grammy-nominated reggae pop star, Wayne Wonder’s newest album. Simply entitled, My Way, it represents the end to Wayne’s six-year album-making hiatus.
As Wayne puts it, “Kingston meets Miami on ‘My Way’.”
The 14-track collection of tropical pop anthems and intense club bangers was recorded in Florida, where the singer now lives, and also in his home country, Jamaica.
Scheduled for a December 4 release, ‘My Way’ had the official release of the single/video, “Drop It Down Low” a couple weeks ago, and set critics on their feet. The album features guest vocals from Shaggy on “Don’t Say No” and R&B sensation Mya on “If I Ever.” And while Wonder breathes new life to his sound, he stays true to his signature blend of irresistible island rhythms, catchy hooks and flawless vocals.
“‘My Way’ has some new twists. I make sure my sound is updated like a MacBook Pro, but I’m sticking to what I do best. I’m a lover at heart, so that is what I sing about and why my fans have grown to love me. I’m all about positivity and creating these vibes,” states Wonder.
One could argue that “Drop It Down Low”, a vibrant dance anthem produced by Triple Dee, is one of those riveting twists, and one which is infused with hit-making potential. The accompanying video was shot in the Netherlands and directed by Sicerow & Ruben Solognier.
On ‘My Way’, Wayne Wonder rallied top producers – Kingston’s Tony Kelly (who co-produced Wonder’s Grammy-nominated album No Holding Back), Stephen Genius McGregor, Dre Day, Freelancer as well as Miami-based Riddim Fingaz (credits include Trey Songz, Sean Paul, Mya) – to form a polished 14-track offering of sweet serenades and sultry dance hits. This formula is poised for commercial success.
This is the winning formula that catapulted him to the national spotlight in 2003: earning him a live performance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, a MOBO Award for Best New Reggae Artist, one of year’s biggest hits “No Letting Go” (peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart) and a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album on No Holding Back (Atlantic Records).
Prior to the “Drop It Down Low” video, Wayne Wonder unleashed his sizzling visual for “Caught Up” in late June, which racked up over 22,000 YouTube views on its first day.
Since his self-titled debut album in 1987, the Portland native, born Von Wayne Charles, has been responsible for an extraordinary catalogue of reggae hits including “Saddest Day,” “Bonafide Love (Movie Star)” ft. Buju Banton, “Love And Affection” and “No Letting Go.” In 2003, he made major waves in U.S. when his latter single topped urban radio and his album No Holding Back debuted at #29 on Billboard Hot 200 chart.
“My Way”, which is being released on his own label, Singso Music, is a celebration of Wayne’s return and his full creative control over the entire process after departing from VP Records.
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Here is the official YouTube link for Drop It Down Low:
1. Caught Up
2. Drop It Down
3. Sweet Dreams
4. Anna Lou
5. Crush On You
6. All About You
7. Xtra Ordinary
8. This Time
9. Like The First Time
10. If I Ever ft. Mya
11. Don’t Say No ft. Shaggy
12. Lovely Days
13. Put Your Drinks
2012 TOUR SCHEDULE:
Sun, Nov 4 @ Lee Vista Park for 11th Annual Caribbean Splash in Orlando, FL
Sat. Nov 10 @ Malibu Fun Spot, Castle Coakley, Christiansted, St. Croix (USVI)
Mon. Dec 31 @ Club Ma Trixx in Nigmegen, Netherlands