Guidance readies debut album

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guidance.jpgAfter more than a decade and a half in the music industry, recognized reggae artiste Guidance is surrounded by an air of expectancy as he gets ready to release his very first studio album.

As yet untitled, the 14-track offering is being produced by Phree Music Records, the same outfit to which the artiste is signed. Girlfriend Yard, the first single from the album, has already been released with an accompanying music video and has received much love on radio and in the clubs. The team is now ready to release the follow-up song, (People Have) Problems Everyday, while simultaneously working on the music video with director Mikhail 'Tin Man' Williams..

Guidance noted that he was quite happy at the progress of the project, even though it has meant that his whole life seems to be revolving around the studio.

"I feel like I am always either entering or exiting a studio, but I am certainly not complaining," the Love What You Got singer said with a smile.

He added, "Even though albums/CDs are not selling, it is still hugely important as an artiste to define your career by releasing albums at intervals. My first album has been a long time coming, but you know what the wise man says: Nothing happens before the right time."

The singer took time to commend his team, which is intent on getting the right persons at every step of the project. He revealed that the single Girlfriend Yard was mastered at London's famous Metropolis Studio by John Davis who has worked with big name artistes including Led Zeppelin, U2 and Lana del Ray. Most of the voicing is being done at Mikey Bennet's Grafton Studio in Kingston.

So far there is one collaboration, a song entitled Planning Again with reggae songstress, Etana, but Guidance explained that he would be seeking out other artistes, including Bounty Killer and Anthony B, to add their voices to this long-awaited album.

Guidance's recent outstanding performance at Sting saw him reeling off solid, message filled songs, which without a doubt sent a warning to the industry that this talented artiste is here to stay.