Since the release of Wayneroy’s debut album in 2011, the world has been waking up to the potential of Cayman’s R&B rising star.
Evidence of this was seen during a recent concert in Miami, where the Talent Farm venue was lit up by his headlining slot.
“They have been asking for a show for a while and it has taken six months to be able to set one up because my band is all over the world and getting them together can be hard,” Wayneroy tells us. “The Talent Farm does concerts every weekend to promote and expose upcoming artists, which is really important. I headlined and also on the bill was Envy, who is in the top 10 upcoming artists according to Reprognation’s top 100.”
That top 100 is based on online presence, radio play and videos, the singer says. When his own album, Older Than I Look, was released, he soared to No. 2. He is still in the top 100 comfortably due to the growing interest in his activities.
“One thing I have coming out later this year is a collaboration with Alison Hinds. When the soca queen was over here for Cayman Carnival Batabano, she heard a song called We Can Rock Tonight on the radio. And she said we must do a song together.
“She’s right now recording a demo of it in Barbados. It will be totally different and very cool. Soca has been traditional over the years but now there is more of a focus on pop and disco, some more commercial sounds but still with a step feel,” Wayneroy says.
Indeed, the Cayman performer is working on new material of his own, which he says may be more poppy.
“After my debut came out, I turned down three record deals as the terms and conditions were not acceptable. But as a part of that process, Capitol Records asked why I don’t do more pop and urban type of stuff. They said that nobody listened to R&B.
“At first, I was a little insulted really because that is what I love but then I thought, why not give the people what they want to hear? So the four songs I’ve written so far are more commercial-leaning, upbeat and catchy.”
In any case, he rightly points out, any song can be remixed, changed around and rocked up for use in any type of setting.
“There has definitely been growth between albums. There has to be; there’s more maturity that comes with getting out there and doing stuff,” he says. With an appearance at Barbados’ own Carnival and then a Jamaican Independence celebration at Negril, it seems the United States and Caribbean are getting a taste of Wayneroy. The United Kingdom, too, is getting on board following an offer by producers/record company Royal Flush to record some songs with them.
“It is easier to be exposed through them than in doing it on my own right now,” he says. “They have sent me over five songs with demo vocals and hooks but I am going to put my own stamp on it and do some rewriting.
“There’s talk of a summer tour, too, but that depends on scheduling although I have got the performing bug after Miami and would play every day if I could,” Wayneroy says. “And people have been asking about music videos so there is one in the making right now which we will have out probably by August. It’s all exciting.”