Devon Edie is Artist of the Month

 106.1 KISS FM
has announced that Devon Edie is its Artist of the Month for March.

During the
month of March, the musician’s music will be featured in heavy rotation, engaging
loyal listeners and heightening awareness about his talents, for those who are
not already familiar.

“A huge
congratulations to Devon, for he has been captivating local audiences for many
years, and it is our honour to do our part to spread the word about his musical
greatness!

“We hope our
listeners enjoy his music frequenting the airwaves as much as we do – he boasts
an impressive host of accomplishments across the years and we are confident
that he has a promising future ahead,” remarked 106.1 KISS FM’s Programme director
Matt Nasby.

According to
the station’s release, Devon Edie embarked on the journey of   mastering instruments at seven years old
when he began taking piano lessons. From there he moved on to the saxophone,
the instrument that accompanies him on stage every night and for which he has
received much acclaim locally.

Though
saxophone is mostly associated with jazz, Devon’s musical performances are not
exclusive to the jazz genre, as he also delves into reggae, calypso and more.

Though over
the span of his career Devon has graced the stage with many groups, he is
currently playing with his four-piece band Absolute
Joy
.

The group also
includes three of Cayman’s music legends – Mitch ‘Jah Mitch’ Ebanks, Bob
Ebanks, and Richard Ebanks. This band’s repertoire includes classic reggae,
swing, jazz and calypso. They can be heard at many of the island’s private
functions.

In his earlier
career, Devon played in well-known local group After Dark.

After several
years together, the R&B group disbanded and Devon played with several of
local jazz bands.

In the past
five years Mr. Edie played on the albums of many local artists including Sea n
B, Barefoot Man, Burman Scott, Hi-Tide, Memory of Justice, and last month’s
Artist of the Month KeKe Alese.

He ranks his greatest
musical accomplishment to date as performing as an opening act with his band
TriplePlay for the 2007 Cayman Jazz Fest.

The talented
musician has another cause close to his heart. “Kids these days just don’t seem
to have the passion to pursue live music anymore,” he said.

“It seems that
kids these days all want to be the next big producer by staying home creating
beats and grooves on their home computers. The passion for musical artistry
needs to be re-instilled into our kids.”

Although many people associate the
saxophone with jazz, Mr. Edie does not consider himself to be a bona fide jazz
musician. “Jazz is a very complex discipline that has to be studied. I strive
to play instrumental music that people enjoy and can relate to.,” he said.

In terms of musical influences, Mr.
Edie admires saxophone legends Gerald Albright and the late great Grover
Washington Jr. Even though their sound and style differ from each other, they
play with passion and can make the sax ‘sing’ to the heart and soul of their
audiences.

One of the artist’s great lifetime
experiences was when he met Gerald Albright in person at the Cayman Islands
2008 Jazz fest. It was a very humbling experience to meet such a great
musician.

In
acknowledging the award, he said: “I am thrilled with this acknowledgement and
thank 106.1 KISS FM for their ongoing support of local musicians. I love
playing in Cayman and entertaining all our great people, and will be out there
doing my thing for many years to come.”

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