Kingston Jamaica - After much soul searching, reggae crooner, Duane Stephenson has finally decided on a title for his third studio album, set to be released early 2014. He disclosed that the name of the CD is ‘Dangerously Roots’.
“We wanted a name that depicts exactly what the message of this album is all about, while at the same time reflecting the edginess of the package,” Duane explained. He noted that Dangerously Roots might seem like a contradiction of terms, but in fact it is an affirmation of the importance of delving into and appreciating one’s roots.
Spearheaded by Kongstar Production, the project has been in the making for over a year, during which time Duane called up on the expertise of producers such as Donovan Germain of Penthouse Productions, Dean Fraser, Christopher Birch and Winter James in getting the right songs to set the mood and tone for the album.
The artiste and his management team are currently in discussions with two overseas-based companies regarding distribution of the product. One of the companies is based in the US and has extensive reach in marketing reggae.
Two singles from Dangerously Roots have already been released – Rasta For I and Think Twice– and according to the singer, the response has been great, not just in Jamaica, but also the Caribbean and North America. However, in order to ensure that the album retains its full appeal, no more tracks will be released prior to the official release date of the product.
When asked if there is a song on the album which he thinks could be as big as his monster hit, August Town, he stated, “I’m optimistic that a lot of the songs will carry over to be as big as August Town. Some of the tracks you might not connect with at the first listen, but my music is the type that grows on you and pulls you in the more you listen.
“Hit songs are not guaranteed, but we are always hopeful and ensure that we put in the best work we can,” Duane said.