By: Joseph Cunningham
"Many people get distracted by bright lights and life in the fast lane, but it is what you own that really counts." Those words could only have come from someone who is willing and equipped to give proper guidance and Guidance, the reggae singer fits the criteria.
"Love What You Got" was Guidance's 2006 hit that introduced him to mainstream reggae. The song was a feature on every reggae chart.
Well, if you thought the title of that song was derived at merely out of prudence, you are mistaken. Guidance spoke to Yardflex a few minutes before his rehearsal session for Curefest. He revealed, "The truth is that I have been a victim of the hype. I had a business and other assets which I lost because of a reckless approach to life." He then experienced challenging times that caused him to appreciate the principles of sobriety. That was how I got the concept for the song, he said.
Born Donovan Walker, in Majestic Gardens, a volatile Jamaican inner-city neighbourhood, Guidance said that in spite of his past errors he has always had a positive outlook, one that has always motivated him to make himself and his community better. It is then no surprise that as a child his musical influences were Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and in more recent times Garnette Silk, Capleton and Buju Banton.
Guidance is currently completing an album with the single's title, "Love What You Got," comprising 15 tracks. Songs currently building the momentum prior to the album's release are "These People are To Bad" and "Leave the 15 Year-Old Alone." A date for the album's release has not yet been confirmed.