As a woman my skin is of most importance to me and make me feel confident or not.
I realized at an early age that common ways of the cosmetic industry was not nurturing what we have but constantly challenges it with irritant and chemical peel thinning skin depriving collagen production of the skin and making it look like the aftermath of burndown.
No face ever matched the skin of the body on the beach when on French Riviera.
I realized that only way we have young looking and fully functional skin is when we nurture the skin according to natural cycles of function that we can support with nutrients and not interfere with our connection with the Sun and Moon Cycles. That is exactly how I recovered my skin from ravages of lime disease to have back again fully functional healthy skin on my body and face and hands. No doctor has any suggestions for me how to repair the skin that looked like a burn victim, so I went on the path of discovery and ultimately formulating Replete Skincare from only what God created into the bottle and nothing else.
I learned what and when we need specific nutrients to satisfy the need of specific skin function as an organ of our body. Then I went around the world collecting them from five continents. I looked back at Julius Cesar care for his army and animals and Cleopatras habits of self-care. I made Cesar formula a base for my Intense Recovery oil then added more form another continent to attend to every aspect needed to complete the recovery of the cells. Cleopatra gently self-care of nurturing as my guide to being gentle with what we have. Mayan understanding of how nature works with harmony and Replete was born. www.repleteskincare.com
FSHN- When did you realized your life purpose for the first time?
NDL- I was 3 years old when I felt the presence of God while at the daycare in the Church. I felt this unconditional love and warms like a blanket over my body reassuring me and I accepted that feeling as a feeling of God.
FSHN- Had any of your family members was influential of your choices in life?
NDL- At the same of three my grandmother introduced me to the movie “Singing in the Rain” and instantly I knew that being an actor was my life purpose and calling. I know now that I was correct to feel that as it is what makes me happy is when I make people feel and have them connect to their feelings in the way they would not without my performance. I like making people happy and makes me happy too.
FSHN- you mentioned starting over on your journey to Hallmark and which endings had the most impact on your overall life changes
NDL-This belief was behind “many times starting over” as the life of performer I and not as a straight line going of straight to the top. I had to fight for my carrier. Often it was a dark time. Especially under contract with Louis Lou Perlman and my Band “Incenses” which was Girl band. Perlman went to jail for pyramid scam and I was bound by his contract and could not work during that time- I lost it all. With $150 in the bank, I decided to go to Californian and attend community college. My boyfriend at the time was a member of a Boy band and shared the same fate as mine under Perlman contract. When I told him of my plan, he informed me that he will then go with me and attend law school in California. So, we went and now we are married with two children. This was the silver lining for me in all that seemed so unwanted in my life. Now, I am more open to the journey not just to the destination.
FSHN-What was your next carrier step after graduating from two your college?
NDL- I auditioned for the show North Shore and got the part just in time for writers’ strike which stopped it all in my pursuit of making it, and my self-esteem filled with doubt taking away my happiness.
FSHN- how did your escape the hold of the event?
NDL- I decided that I will be happy as me and not rely on outside forces to make me less.
I adopted great words of advice from
Julie Elizabeth Day-“ I decided to be happy independent of my worth as an actor”
FSHN- what this enough to bring you to where you are today?
NDL- what this word did was to bring me into self-responsibility to be happy inside and take part in meditation as means to connect within myself and become spiritual in sense of lifestyle not necessarily religion as ways to feel fulfilled every day.
FSHN-How do you feel the fulfilment of your life purpose making people feel good and happy and make you feel the same, is taking care of you financially?
NDL- I feel it is not the job to move to be paid as all is open to unfold naturally. Nothing is permanent.
Last two years have sealed the deal of my purpose of life and death, by the clarity of the understanding leading to those two beliefs that came from seeing life from different places,
Be the best version of myself
Leave the world better than I found it
There are so many good people creating tiny and huge miracles during performance every day on TV.
I wake up every day thinking about how I can be of service to and to the challenges that bring goodness that exists in the world into life. This kind of thinking” will begin to change your life”
I believe in miracles as they have happened to me many times, and they strengthen my faith in the spiritual world and its power to make beautiful life happen.
FSHN- how would you describe your work environment at Hallmark?
NDL-Simply Kind environment that feels like home, that is taking care of me and my family in many ways. Not just financial but the attitude of kindness, respect that I bring home with me at the end workday is priceless.
FSHN- The charm, warms and faith in Niki’s heart is ever-present from an early age and is visible in her relationships with her hometown as you can see in this video filled with authentic words she speaks to us.
What a fabulous premise of promise for any women to have, all you would need was a Gotlish jacket to turn your man into everything you want.
But wait this is the man that wants to feel empowered and in the comfort of it, which was the reason for creating the most fantastic fit for man to look and feels like God in it. FSHN Magazine went on to interview the creator of this progressive approach of comfort and elegance for man to embrace every day. We spoke with its creator Harsha Kasey from India as he could not return to Singapore which is his home base to learn the steps it took to have comfort, looks and confidence when wearing Maxim Air jacket. Some of the reasons are here;
Made from all-natural materials including sustainably grown Austrian Beech Tree Fabric
Magnetic closure is futuristic, super quick & easy to use, you won’t want to use buttons ever again
Infused with antibacterial silver ions to keep the wearer odor free all day
Custom blended materials are designed to give a smooth and silky feel
Naturally porous allowing free airflow at a molecular level
Woven, not knitted, which makes it look far more luxurious and feels better on the skin
Innovative 360-degree rotational lapels that beautifully conceal the reversible nature
Sleeve Monogram – For the first time ever, a blazer has your name permanently embedded on your arm subtly but elegantly for everyone to see
Blend fabric wicks moisture/sweat away from the body, keeping the wearer cool & dry resulting in a soothing effect on the skin.
FSHN- How did you get started at finding forms and likes of what you wanted to become of a man’s jacket?
M- I looked around and saw what I felt, other man were not comfortable too in a suit and looked for ways to find comfort by taking it off then loosing the elegance of everyday experience. Most of them were buying expensive jackets to wear with jeans in hope that they will be more allowing to move in them during the day, but same problem was present even in sports jackets- too much form that restricted movement of the arms and back.
I then chose the forms of Dior, Luis Vuitton, Tom Ford, Ferragamo Ralph Lauren, Indichino and EX Suit luxury lines of men wear. Then I put my fascination with Apple product streamline into my vision of a new jacket form. I then started the process by removing shoulder pads but kept the shoulder clean lines that followed the creases of movement body made to assure that shoulders had room to accommodate the muscle mass in action.
FSHN- what was your next step of needs for an elegant yet comfortable jacket to wear all day?
HK- I needed the jacket to breathe for me as the climate can be humid outside and cold from AC inside. That is when the search for fabrics took off and we found 50% higher breathing fabric then cotton is! This a nanotechnology with use of 65% of beech trees pulp that takes 6-8 month to make and 5% elastin with 30% microfibers.
FSHN-Did your previous business travel for Biofuel plant you founded had any impact on the design of the perfect man’s jacket?
HK- Absolutely it id i like to travel light but have different look for meetings as it makes me feel fresh each time I have different look. This lead to reversible form jacket with one side fabric with checkers and the other plain one shade to go with other prints or coloured patterns in shirts and pants. This is a great space saver for overnight travel or multiple in one-day meetings that require a flight with carrying onboard limited size luggage.
FSHN- What do consider the Midas touch of your design ?
HK- Funny that you ask since monogram matters to me and I placed them on both reversible sides to make sure that reminder is there how being elegant matters and that personal appearance matter for being distinct among others, as you individually matter too.
FSHN- Given you have taken so much care into this design how affordable are the jackets?
HK- the quality is one of BeSpoke but the price is accessible to the larger group. I kept the price below normal profit to expose this choice to more than few. I keep at $200 per jacket and i hope we will see now more well-dressed man that feel like gods and women find them alluring by the elegance they see.
During our unprecedented times of social isolation, our magazine editor decided to find answers to finding love.
We have choices of not looking for it, staying emotionally where we are and making best of it, but some feel top lonely not to look for love.
We went to the experts on lobe Constantine Tino Detrich to give us a way to navigate this unknown territory given no in person dating situation.here are some key question we asked and got surprising answers to them.
FSHN–Hasfinding love slowed down?
Ella recently did a survey on wellness this month showing:
Most people are either staying in the relationship they are in, or they are not finding someone new. Our survey found that only 10% of respondents have met someone new.
42% declared to not having met a new partner during the Coronavirus pandemic.
2. FSHN-What Is the new way of connecting aside from online and introductions?
The impact on the way people date is immense. With the coronavirus keeping people indoors, singles aren’t just meeting online. They’re holding virtual dates over video chat services like Zoom and FaceTime. People in current relationships are also learning how to have a strong relationship apart and this experience is forcing many people to try out long-distance dating. They’re also getting creative with dating out of necessity.
It’s not necessarily about the physical right now. We are back to the old ways of long phone calls and getting to know each other more deeply than the surface level of modern dating before the shutdowns. Communication skills and intelligence are going to matter more than “hotness” or beauty.
3. FSHN-New Rules of building thought intimacy with social distance.
We need to go back to writing letters, not necessarily on paper, but long letters sent one’s significant others to enable one to express their thoughts in a more meaningful way.
The short texts take away a certain degree of romance and enable impulsive messaging that can result in misunderstandings.
4. FSHN-New ways of keeping intimacy stimulating for long term couples already.
People are getting used to the idea of virtual dating and relationships. I suspect this trend could carry over after the pandemic ends and create a shift in the dating habits not seen since online dating started.
Sex toys sales are booming during the pandemic as people are finding new ways to stimulate and become creative in their interaction.
5. FSHN-Tips on non reacting and responding to irritating situations for couples living together.
Take some time apart in different rooms or try to find alternatives for entertainment outside of being together (such work, talking to friends by zoom, music etc.) With the close quarters’ contact, it’s important to build in time by yourself.
Avoid overreacting when you respond to your partner.
6. FSHN-Tips on finding attraction again when boredom sets in.
Remind yourself why you fell in love in the first place.
Recognize your fears and face them.
Improve the mental and emotional connection.
Do some thrill-seeking together.
Learn each other’s love languages.
7. FSHN-Kind acts that rekindle love-
Improving one’s sex life with their partner is one of the easiest ways to rekindle love in a relationship.
Ella’s recent survey Over 60% of our respondents said they are looking to bring more excitement into their sex life.
Ways to rekindle love by improving your sex life include:
Experimenting with sex toys
Utilizing sex furniture
Swings and special pillows
Engaging in sexual wellness practices
There are sexual wellness books that outline:
Innovative Sex Positions
Foods to eat for increased sexual performance
Kama Sutra techniques
8. FSHN-Space arrangements tips for personal space in a small apartment.
Each partner in the relationship should be able to claim at least 2 hours a day of alone time in the bedroom.
Be conscious of lighting and furniture arrangements. Feng Shui matters. A mirror on a wall can make a room seem a lot bigger. Bad lighting can give you headaches. Avoid clutter as your space is more important spending more time at home.
9. FSHN-How to share child-care responsibilities and keep love alive without fighting.
Scheduling is key:
Each parent should be able to have a designated amount of time blocked out, during which, responsibility for taking care of the kids falls on the other parent.
This time is sacred and should only be broken in emergencies.
Dividing the mornings: every parent should be entitled to two sleep-in days each week.
10. FSHN-Tips on the attitude that keeps couples close and their entertainment harmonized.
Ability to understand where your partner is coming from is key.
Everyone makes mistakes and it’s important that we allow our lovers to be human.
Be understanding and tolerant with your partner, be forgivable.
Empathy, which means caring as much about your partner’s well-being as you care about your own, makes the difference between a healthy relationship and an unhealthy one.
Ultimately the love is on the rise as partners take time to get to know each others values, morals likes and cultural expectations those building a stable foundation for relationship to grow and move into intimate state with respect and open heart and mind. This in term will offer greater chance as longevity of this connection and joy of each others company.
This idea of keeping up with Jones’s to show off who you are with or what do you have never lead to success at love. It is a game that leads to failure, as Detrich mention the song Escape Pina Colada.
To find authentic love you need to be authentic yourself.
Amber has been an ensemble member at Dad’s Garage Theatre in Atlanta since 2004 and she still performs improv there to this day.
-She goes back into the recording studio regularly when it is time to record a new season of Archer. Each recording session usually varies, but they can take as little as 30 minutes depending on what the script requires.
Amber Nash is known for her role as fan-favorite “Pam Poovey” on the hit adult animated series Archer. Over the course of ten seasons, she has used her voiceover talents to build a successful career and large fanbase.
Since many voiceover roles are recorded by on-screen actors, we wanted to speak with Amber to learn how she was able to arrive at the wonderful career she has now.
She first went to college and got her degree in Psychology from Georgia State University and then worked at a wilderness camp for troubled teens before she chose to pursue acting full-time.
FSHN- How did you decide to become an actor after completing a psychology degree?
AN- In truth, my psychology degree proved to be a solid base for my improv performances [at Dad’s Garage Theatre in Atlanta]. To understand people and the place from which they react is pure psychology. I was able to draw from my observations and make fun or simply point it out to people so they would relate to it and then laugh at themselves for it. It’s a pretty good way of engaging people into what is going on in life and having fun with it.
FSHN- How did working at the wilderness camp change your direction in life?
AN- I realized how much I enjoyed making people happy and that I had this gift of reaching even difficult teenagers with my sense of humor. I saw an opportunity calling and went on to pursue it…but not without years of working small jobs, auditioning, and doing improv just hoping that the right opportunity would come along.
FSHN- What do you think was the tipping point in your career decision making?
I don’t know if there was a tipping point in my career decision making per se, but I’ve definitely decided I want to go out for more on camera roles. I don’t see it as giving up my identity as a voiceover artist, rather I’m just opening the door for more creative opportunities. I’m excited to see where it leads.
FSHN- Is this the typical route of an entertainer to go from voice over to on screen?
AN- Actually, it is usually the other way around. Typically, you have name recognition and popularity on TV or in movies before people get to see you in voiceover roles.
FSHN- That makes you a trail blazer of opportunities for other to follow.
AN- I like to think that, given the competitive nature of winning over an audience and developing a steady following…in my case entirely with my voice and an animated character.
AN- I think it was something they did not expect and feared if they would be asked to take on. I was feeling good about it and simply followed my heart not worrying about loss of steady income from voiceover character I know held, but rather looking forward to next step in my life.
FSHN- What would be your words of advice to young people entering the entertainment world?
AN- Be who you are and follow your gut as it will take you where you need to go.
The 10th season of Archer is airing now on FXX. Amber also co-created and hosts a Facebook Live show called Archer After Hours with her co-star Lucky Yates. It is available to watch on the Archer Facebook page.
Amber Nashmost current projects below.
-Season 11 of Archer will premiere September 16th on FXX and will follow the adventures of Sterling Archer after he awakens from a 3 year coma.
-Will star in the upcoming indie comedy film How to Ruin the Holidays alongside Colin Mochrie. The film will be directed by Amber’s husband, Kevin Gillese.
– Is a board member for Project Chimps, a chimpanzee sanctuary in Georgia, alongside Billie Joe Armstrong.
Monadnock Expands Distribution Partnership with Anchor Paper Company Full Stocking of Sustainably-Advantaged Papers and Packaging Materials to Better Serve Upper Midwest BENNINGTON, N.H. (September 2, 2020) – Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the United States, announced today that it has entered into an expanded sales partnership with St. Paul, Minnesota- based Anchor Paper Company, a leading privately-held paper, packaging, and equipment enterprise servicing customers in the Upper Midwest. The venerable, 97-year-old Anchor Paper will be offering a greatly expanded line from Monadnock’s sustainably- advantaged fine printing and packaging papers, geared toward meeting the growing demand for FSC-certified, PCW recycled papers. “Deepening our current relationship with Anchor Paper means more shared opportunities and a fuller offering of sustainable fine paper choices for their current and prospective customers,” said Lisa Taylor, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Monadnock Paper Mills. “As two long-time, family-owned companies with deep community commitments we understand that doing right by our customers and strategic partners is a smart investment that pays off now and in the future.” Anchor’s dedicated and knowledgeable Specification Sales Representatives work closely with designers, ad agencies and corporate marketers to find the best papers for their projects. “We’re excited to build on our current partnership with Monadnock and help our customers discover the newest and highest-performing sustainable paper and packaging options” said Brooke Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Anchor Paper. “After nearly 100 years our customers expect the best, and Monadnock is best-in-class.” Anchor Paper will be stocking and offering for immediate delivery the following sustainable papers from Monadnock: Astrolite PC 100 ® Smooth Astrolite Astrolite PC 100 Digital + for HP Indigo Caress Astrolite PC 100 Velvet 2CS, Dulcet Envi PC 100 Performance Board Hemp Envi Performance Board (30% Hemp; 70% PCW)
About Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. Monadnock Paper Mills (MPM) provides and custom engineers a diverse range of products including technical/speciality papers, and premium printing and packaging papers for leading brands worldwide. The company’s ENVIPortfolio ® of products features fibre-based solutions that replace plastic for uses such as gift cards and tags. Its technical papers are used in medical and pharmaceutical packaging, construction, interior design, manufacturing and other speciality applications and markets. Working as a true partner with its customers, Monadnock’s technical expertise and agility result in products that lead the market in innovation and quality. With a passion for the environment and ingenuity, Monadnock turns ideas into reality.
Solving Kids Cancer (SKC) continues its Lace Up For Kids annual campaign for the fourth year to bring attention to Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September. SKC will gift and distribute 60,000 shoelaces in gold, the colour used to symbolize the occasion, to schools and kids organizations both nationally and internationally. Thousands of children along with parents will be swapping their shoelaces for gold ones in recognition of Childhood Cancer.
Gold shoelaces are a bold fashion statement that everyone can partake in by swapping out their normal laces for the month of September for gold metallic laces, to help raise awareness to fight childhood cancers and advance science for treatments and cures.
To support the Lace Up For Kids campaign it is simple, swap out your laces and share images of your gold laces on social media using the hashtags #LaceUpForKids #CareWearShare #SolvingKidsCancer
Please click here to order free gold laces in support of raising social media awareness of childhood cancer.
ABOUT SOLVING KIDS’ CANCER
Founded in 2007 by two fathers who lost their children to cancer, Solving Kids’ Cancer (SKC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to significantly improving survivorship of the deadliest childhood cancers by finding, funding, and advocating for breakthrough treatment options. Headquartered in New York City, SKC’s impact in now worldwide with clinical trials launched across the US and throughout Europe. Over the last decade, SKC has funded 34 scientific projects specifically targeted at developing new treatment options for kids. SKC – independent of any single researcher, institution, or consortium – objectively invests in only the most impactful research projects.
Debora LaBudde, CEO & Founder of MEMO was a successful executive in a finance world when she realized that her passion was aligned with jewellers and everything about connecting with them in a joyful, playful satisfying way. The very feeling she had when finding new treasures and designers to how they made her feel when wearing them was enough to leave the running of venture capital fund to create her own business around what made her life feel rich and fulfilling that is how MEMO was born.
Debora LaBudde had vision of experience with jewellery in a unique way that creates special connections with the item’s stones or the design without being rushed by the salesperson or security person at the store to make a decision about purchase that can become her signature piece for may years.
Not only the choice of stone needed to be felt but the shape and colours created a unique experience. That is exactly what she wants for her client to have available to them when shopping at MEMO.
Debora believes that every detail of the jewellery should feel just right for her client. Starting from feeling empowered to feeling beautiful.
Now in the privacy of your home, you can choose the next signature piece of your collection for every occasion that may arise at any time. After all, buying and regretting it later can be the think of the past thanks to http://www.experiencememo.com/
ET–Who was the person that you made your first wedding gown for?
GL-One of the first wedding gowns I designed almost 30 years ago belonged to a client, who wanted a gown that was advanced for its time. She wanted a sheer illusion gown covered entirely with Swarovski crystals. Today it might not sound rare or different, but at that time it was very bold, sexy, and unique. I will never forget that gown.
ET–Was it your decision to create a family business, or was it your son who offered to help, and he organically became part of the business?
GL-I started my business when my youngest son Idan was born. Back then, I didn’t plan or know it would grow to be as big and successful as it is today. It’s not something you can anticipate. My children were very young when I started so it didn’t even occur to me it will one day become a family business. I was simply following my personal dream. But as the years went by and the business started growing, we had more and more opportunities coming our way. At one point I think both of my children, Osnat and Idan, realized they could see themselves fitting into my business due to the everyday challenges and adventures we experience. Both of them get to work on the things that interest them the most in the business, whether it’s the Marketing, Sales, and Business development for Idan or the Design, Manufacturing, and Production process for Osnat At the end of the day, they both feel challenged and work in a place that allows them to live to their full potential.
ET–What is your source of inspiration?
GL-I get inspired by women. I think women are God’s greatest creation. There’s nothing we can’t do. We are mothers, wives, girlfriends, business owners, artists, scientists, and so much more. We do it all with so much grace and elegance. The women I meet every day are my motivating force. They are what I see in mind when I create, and from them, I draw my inspiration.
ET-What part of the day is your most creative time?
GL-I’m lucky enough to be working in an environment that keeps me creative all day long. It’s not just one part of the day. Sometimes we’ll get a new fabric that will spark something for me. Another time, we’ll get in a new request for a custom piece for a VIP or a celebrity client. The way I see it, if you’re a creative person, it’s just something you have in you, and it’s triggered by different outside forces.
ET–Your international locations – the flagship stores. How were they chosen and why?
GL-Choosing a location for a flagship is, above all, a business decision. You want to make sure there’s a market where you open, whether because there is already a demand for your product or because you want to penetrate a certain market in which you identify potential. In our case, we started getting more and more requests and inquiries from brides worldwide. Being located in Israel, technology, and social media has made it possible to interact easily with brides that live abroad. We started realizing people want to try on our products. They are interested in what we have to offer. We quickly recognized our strongest areas and, based on that, decided where we wanted to open. Today it’s not just about having a presence where we are most wanted but also about pushing boundaries and staying ahead of the market. For example, we only recently opened our 1st Flagship in Shanghai being the first Israeli Bridal Brand to have opened a Flagship store in Shanghai. We also just opened our newest flagship in Miami, which is predicted to become one of the largest fashion capitals within the next few years.
ET-What is your routine to rejuvenate and rest?
GL-I love to travel and try to do it as often as I can. I’m very busy but whenever I travel for work, I will try to squeeze in a few extra days too. I always get inspired by different cultures and I enjoy exploring new places.
ET-What are your favourite foods?
GL-I love eating fish. Cooked or raw, I don’t really mind.
ET-Do you have a favourite time of the year?
GL-I love Spring. when everything blooms and the weather is just perfect. I always feel more relaxed and calm during this time of the year.
ET-If you could do anything differently, knowing what you know now, what would it be?
GL-I would tell my younger self to trust my instinct more. It’s so easy to get distracted and carried away by what other people think and say. Although it’s important to listen at the end of the day, you need to trust yourself and remember that it is your instincts that got you to where you are today.
ET–Any advice to other creative designers that are just starting out?
GL-I would advise younger designers who are just starting out to really try and find what makes them special. There are many talented designers out there, but people don’t just buy products. They buy a story and an experience. You need to know who you are and what your strengths are in order to tell it in the most magnificent way possible. Don’t just trust your talent, you also need to know your unique selling point and how to present it to the world. https://www.galialahav.com/
When we speak about Reggae music royalty two names immediately come to mind, Bob Markey and The Wailers. Founded in the 60’s Bob Marley and The Wailers brought reggae music to the World and mainstream through countless hits. To say it lightly, The Wailers are true living legends. To see them, to be there in the room with them, is to take a real slice of music history and heritage. When Bob Marley, the man himself, instructs you to ‘keep The Wailers together’, musicians and music fans alike take note. Not many bands can claim genuine legend status. The Wailers, however, can comfortably claim their place in essential music history. Culture gemstones; rebel hearts with brave souls embodying the spirit of 70s era-defining reggae. Aston Barrett Jr. himself reggae royalty carries the flame for The Wailers to this date.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Aston Barrett Jr. is the son of Aston “Familyman” Barrett, who was the bassist for Bob Marley & The Wailers. He is also the nephew of drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett, and Grandson of the late Joe Higgs (mentor to Bob Marley). He grew up in a mixed family, which was part Rasta and Christian, with his mother encouraging him to study spirituality to learn a strong sense of right and wrong. Reflecting on how music was a central part of the household, he says: “I have an ear for music. Music is in my blood. I was born for music and I live for music.”
The first instrument that Aston decided to pick up was the bass, following in the footsteps of his father and trying to emulate his style. ‘Familyman’ quickly sensed his son’s potential and began teaching him how to play bass, a mentor- student relationship that would continue for years to come.
Bob Marley and the Wailers recorded, toured and made history together between 1972 and 1981. It was Bob Marley himself that requested the Wailers stayed together no matter what. Today, carrying on the mission and the torch are legitimate members, children-of-legends and a host of immensely talented musicians. The afore mentioned Aston Barrett Jr. delivers startling echoes of his uncle’s (Carlton ‘Carly’ Barrett) one drop drumming sound. Guitarist Donald Kinsey is joined by Wendel ‘Junior Jazz’ Ferraro, shaping that classic sonic identity. Josh David Barrett achieves the seemingly impossible by confidently stepping into Bob Marley’s shoes to provide truly excellent lead vocals. Owen ‘Dreadie’ Reid (Julian Marley’s Uprising Band and a former student of ‘Familyman’) and Andres Lopez (Albrosie, Lutan Fyah) add yet more quality to an incredible line up that also includes the youngest of the earliest formation of the Wailers, Tyrone Downie, saxophone player Glen Dacosta and Dennis Thompson, the engineer who was there from the very beginnings of the band. Shema McGregor, daughter of I Three singer Judy Mowatt and Reggae pioneer Freddie McGregor, is joined by Anne-Marie Thompson (a gospel singer of stunning ability), together bringing the smoothest backing vocals and contributing to this unique melting pot, both classic and excitingly fresh at the same time.
Barrett Jr. has used his experience to become the leader of the band, with his father urging him to take on the position so the band’s legacy could thrive into the next generation. With the help of their long time manager Lennie Chen who was also one of Bob Marley’s childhood friends, The Wailers dream became a reality and the rest is the history.
“Wailers music represents peace, love, and unity, that’s what I want to keep alive and through Roots, rock Reggae which defines our sound.” – Aston Barrett Jr.
Expanding on the importance of staying true to the style he states, “I understand the new generation sound, but I play bass more like my father did in the 70’s.” The essence of 70s rebellion, the true spirit of reggae performed by the people who helped forge the era-defining sound and by those raised under their tutelage. Living Legends, Reggae Royalty carrying the flame – now you can be a part of the legacy. When The Wailers come calling, you listen.
The Wailers recently released their first new album in 25 years appropriately entitled, “One World” and produced by 19x Grammy winner Emilio Esteban that was recorded in Crescent Moon Studios in Miami Florida. The idea was spawned by Miami music impresario Joe Risolia who at the time was good friends with The Wailers manager Lennie Chen and had good relations with Emilio Estefan and his family and through these connections the magic started. It’s an exciting new album that features 14 dazzling songs that take listeners on a rollercoaster of emotions and good vibes. The first single, “One World, One Prayer”, is a powerful peace anthem focused on unity, love, togetherness and inclusion beyond cultural differences. It calls for the coming together of “One World” through “One Prayer” and at a period when the World is battling a pandemic and racial unrest, this song could not be more on time. The iconic and legendary Wailers collide worlds with international titan “Farruko”, Jamaican superstar “Shaggy” and continue the “Bob Marley” legacy with Grandson Skip Marley, who sounds exactly like Bob, as well as Cedella Marley, in a song that mixes Jamaica’s reggae with the sounds of Latin urban genre. “One World, One Prayer” was produced and co-written by Emilio Estefan alongside Aston Barrett Jr. and Josh David Barrett.
“Aston Barrett is a true musical leader, in the footsteps of his father, continuing The Wailers musical legacy and in the spirit of Bob Marley, they are right on time with the new album.” – Lennie Chen, The Wailers Manager
The tracks on this project blend together generations of reggae music or as Aston Barrett Jr. calls it “Roots Rock Reggae”, to sound current and modern while still being familiar to fans. The album also features guest artists including Grammy-nominated Julian Marley with Latin-Grammy nominated Natiruts on “When Love is Right,” rising star Emily Estefan, daughter of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, performing lead vocals on “Destiny” and “Good Time”, Kush Gad with a featured verse for “When Love Is Right”, Urban Jazz harmonicist Frederic Yonnet on “When Love Is Right” and “Only in Jamaica”, a featured verse from Jesse Royal on “Good Time”, and from Brazil, the legendary, Carlinhos Brown on percussion for “When Love is Right”. Alongside “One World”, The Wailers also released their second single off the album, “Philosophy of Life.” Much like many songs on the album, the single was both produced and written by Emilio Estefan and is sure to spark more healing energy. Keep an eye out for the music video to be released on September 18.
Currently with the pandemic all live shows are on hiatus except a few live streams here and there, but be sure that when the World opens back up, The Wailers will be on a mission to deliver healing music, their new album and their good vibe sounds to the masses.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Aston Barrett Jr. and talk about their legacy, their new album, Bob Marley, his father Aston “Familyman” Barrett and the current state of the World.
Sason Bishope Parry: How is life treating you brother?
Aston Barrett Jr.: I can’t complain, all I can do is live life to the fullest. Each day is a blessing.
SBP: It’s a crazy World were living in currently with the pandemic and racial unrest, how have you been passing the time?
AB: Meditating a lot, growing, manifesting and staying true to myself, and my roots and working on music.
SBP: The Wailers are reggae royalty and formed with the late great Bob Marley, tell us a bit about your journey and how it all started?
AB: As a young youth, I’ve grown to know my family roots.The appreciation I have for it is like no other. I’m proud and privileged to be the son of Aston “family man” Barrett and the Nephew of Carlton Barrett.I started out playing in an all girls band, school called Holy childhood high.After I moved to America and linked up with the Marley Family and started touring with Julian Marley in the 8th grade.The week I graduated from high school I went on tour with my father and been touring ever since.Then I got in the Berklee School of music, which I did online, as I was on tour. After I was invited to tour with Lauryn Hill for the Rock The Bell Tours in 2011 and 2012. Then I went back with my father and I’ve been with The Wailers since.My father trained me and I took over the band in late 2016.I’ve learned a lot and still learning!
SBP: Who’s currently part of The Wailers today?
AB: – Tyrone Downie one of the originals
– Donald Kinsey, original
– Glen Da Costa, original
– Dennis Thompson, original
– Owen Dreadie Reid who toured with the original Wailers in the 80s also known as my father’s student “Deeadie” Jazz – Lead guitar, who is also my vocal coach.
– Andreas Lopez- Keyboards-Tyrone Downie top Student
– Josh David Barrett- Lead singer also rhythm guitar
– Christian Cowlin- House Engineer
– Currently on Backing Vocals Yashemabeth McGregor- Daughter of the I- Three sister Judy Mowatt, we also have Ann- Marie Thompson and Tamara Barnes.
SBP: Is most of the band living in Jamaica or other areas?
AB: Most of the members are all over the place. I’m currently in Miami. But when it’s time to work, we all come together.
SBP: It’s been 25 years since you released an album tell us how that came together?
AB: Yes man, very exciting time for us. Our new album, “One World” produced by the great Emilio Estefan, a 19 times Grammy award winning producer, has been a blessing. It’s turned out really great with so many, talented artists on the album and lots of good people working to make this happen.
SBP: Tell us about your inspiring first single, “One World, One Prayer” which seems right on time and features Shaggy, Skip Marley, Faruko and Cedella Marley?
AB: Yes, “One World, One Love”, is co-written and produced by the great Emilio Estefan. He came to us with this song about 2 years ago, understanding the same message we stand for which is Love and Unity. The Wailers collaborated with Shaggy, Skip Marley, Cedella Marley and Farruko. It was a vibrant combination of togetherness, positivity and continuous movement of spreading One Love.
SBP: It sounds like your channeling your original sound with Bob on the first single, was that planned?
AB: Well you know, everything is spiritual and the message comes from the most high, the almighty.We are placed in this position to bring forth the message, continuing the path that brother Bob started.Giving this opportunity I can assure you that this music speaks through him.
SBP: Skip Marley sounds so much like his grandfather Bob Marley, that must have struck some emotions and good memories, how was it working with him?
AB: Working with Skip Marley is an honor. He’s very talented, with such powerful vocals. His sound is almost identical to his grandfather, so it’s a blessing to work with him now and more in the future.
SBP: Reggae music is considered healing music and your music is timeless to so many, do you think reggae is making a comeback for a new generation of fans?
AB: I wouldn’t say a come back, reggae has never left.We’ve been the healing method through all genres. Our music is a foundation that cannot be broken down, it touches the heart, soul and mind, and as brother Bob Said.“When it hits you, you feel no pain.”
SBP: Tell us about your last show before the Pandemic and when you think you might be playing live again?
AB: The last show was a blast. I was talking to my tour manager Rich Allis, telling him how much I enjoyed that last run on the road, so it’s funny you ask that question. My father told me to let the band practised Babylon by Bus album.
He wanted us to open up more and from what he thought me I understood what he was saying, and having some of the original members they also help and guide us on that Journey. When we started the tour, it was an amazing energy, we all gather from different places but when we get on that stage the unity is one. Being on the road is something I always look forward to, to see the people on their feet jamming and singing word for words. It makes me know we’re doing a good job.
SBP: Are there any new Reggae acts or artists today that you like?
AB: Yes, I support every artist and talents. Lately, I’m currently in tuned to
Chronixx, Koffee, Jesse Royal, Alborosie and Protoje, but I listen to them all still.
SBP: What was one secret about Bob Marley that people might not know?
AB: Well I guess that secret remains a secret, don’t think it’s my story to tell. Lol
SBP: Do you have any other dreams besides music?
AB: I dream about going back to school one day, to further my education with music and who knows, maybe acting one day the sky is the limit.
SBP: What’s one of your favorite memories of Bob Marley?
AB: Bob passed away before I was born. But from what I have grown to know he touches every soul around him to this day, a true legend and timeless.
SBP: If you could go back in time, what time period would you journey back to?
AB: 1977 I would say. That was an amazing year because it’s the year when the Exodus album came out and considered one the greatest reggae albums of all time. I would have loved to be there, to feel that vibration and to be part of that time.
SBP: What’s next for The Wailers?
The Wailers: Taking the reggae music to other levels, greater heights and reclaiming our foundation and make sure the meaning and our purpose for this music is not forgotten and of course serving the almighty.
For more info on The Wailers go to: www.thewailers.com