It is hard to go to any local stage show and not be graced with the unique sound, Hayee which alerts you that 'you've got mail;' Voice Mail. The dancehall trio has been making waves in the Jamaican music industry for quite sometime. However, it was when they flipped it a little and piggybacked on the vibrant dancing culture that leading Dancehall artist, Elephant Man revived, that they made a lasting impression in the music mind of the populace.
The group comprises of three very talented and hardworking young gentlemen and their dynamic personalities add to the synergy of the group. Kevin, a former model is very low profile and comments that "I'm just a happy go lucky person... always ready for anything."
Craig on the other hand, is a perfectionist when it comes to recording and is considered as the most miserable. Nevertheless he is also the most fun loving and comical. O'Neil, who is very business oriented, is considered the "unspoken boss."
Voicemail has seen many hits songs. These include: Weddy Time, the successful collaboration with Gerald 'Bogle' Levy, Get on Up, Do What you Feel Like and the chart stopper tribute to Bogle Wacky Dip. The Reggae/ Dancehall 2005 Year in Review also deemed Voicemail, Group of the Year. O'Neil commented on the group's success and expressed the group's desire to remain consistent.
Their debut album Hayee was released in Japan on Sunday, January 1 and was released every where else in the first week of February. The album has 17 tracks with seven new songs. They worked with producers such as Danny Champagne, Tony Kelly, Christopher Birch, Nigel Staff, The Ballaz, Michael Fletcher, Robert Livingston, Don Corleone, and Alric and Boyd.
So whether it is a Community link up stage show, an internationally acclaimed event like Reggae Sumfest or just chilling at the popular night club, the Quad, listen out for the sound 'hayee' because Voicemail will be there.