Barbados now has six artistes signed to major record labels. These are Rihanna, Shontelle, Livvi Franc, Hal Linton, Jaicko on the Capitol label and most recently Vita, signed to Universal Motown. The music industry in Barbados has been booming and its creative energy is set to take the world by storm. Rihanna (Def Jam), Rupee (Atlantic Records), Edwin Yearwood (VP Records), Shontelle (Universal Motown), Livvi Franc (Zomba Label Group) and Hal Linton (Universal Motown) are gracing stages across the globe and flying the Barbadian flag high.
Invest Barbados has been instrumental in supporting Hal Linton in his journey to becoming a recording artist. Manager Teneille Doyle expressed gratitude, describing the support as “awesome”. Linton was recently featured on the BET Rising Icons programme shown across the US and internationally. He is currently preparing to release his debut album with his first single “She’s Dangerous” available on iTunes from August 18, 2009.
These outstanding achievements were a point of note made by the Chairman of the newly launched Association of Music Entrepreneurs (AME) George Thomas. In discussing the achievements of Barbadian artistes, Mr. Thomas further stated that “Our artistes are continuously making an impact in the world… [and] we have more artistes per capita than anywhere else. We can achieve market dominance.”
Invest Barbados is the government agency responsible for unleashing the export potential of the indigenous services sector and helping to develop and manage the Barbados Business brand. This mandate is being fulfilled through the Indigenous Services Exports Division which was specially created for this purpose.