How does the manager of three gifted and positive artists market their talent? Do a production with all three of them, of course! The fact that each of their names begins with ‘R’ is just a bonus. And that is how ‘R3’ The Series was born. The concert, a collaboration amongst Russell Leonce, Rizon and Ruth Osman, was a communal effort from its inception. The artists, along with their manager, Erica Ashton, discussed and developed the concept, bringing it from drawing board to reality. It was decided that “Righteous, Rejuvenating, Revolution” would be the slogan for this new movement, this attempt to bring positive and excellent music to the people. “It was about wanting to portray who we were in terms of music,” says one of the artists, “about wanting a space to express ourselves in front of an appreciative audience.” This desire to be transparent about themselves and their music meant that the songlist would have to be original. Russell’s neo-soul vibe, Rizon’s Caribbean hip-hop style and Ruth’s jazzy vocals and flute instrumentals would all intermingle to create an unforgettable experience for the audience. Once the program was set, the trio enlisted the help of talented musician and arranger Clint De Coteau to direct the show’s music. Under Clint’s guidance, a group of young and gifted musicians and backup singers brought life to the artist’s creations. The process was gruelling due to the short timeframe but also rewarding. New friendships were formed and old ones cemented, and with every rehearsal, the music evolved into something more beautiful, more tangible. The power inherent in this collaboration was obvious on the night of the production. The audience screamed and laughed (some even cried) as each singer delivered. Russell’s ‘Troubles Won’t Last’ urged listeners to keep hoping, while Rizon’s feisty ‘Amnesia’ reminded them of the Creator and Ruth’s ‘Time Goes On’ expressed the need for a social conscience. When they sang together on ‘Unchanging’ and ‘Reach’, shouts of affirmation rang out in Daaga Auditorium, UWI. Everyone present that evening would agree that the first edition of R3 was a success. But the best is yet to come. ‘R3: Experience the Power’ will take place at the same venue on October 3. Another phase in the evolution of R3, ‘Experience the Power’ will carry audiences on a revolutionary and regenerating musical journey.
Rizon recently released his new single entitled Liberate. The song was written while on a trip to Jamaica and was produced by well known reggae producer Richard 'Shams' Browne, son of Danny Browne. Many persons associate the concept of liberation with an external system, force or circumstance. In this song, Rizon uses the concept of liberation to speak to individuals who may be in unhealthy and unproductive emotional and physical relationships. The song Liberate is dedicated to those persons who need to free themselves from such relationships. Rizon came on the music scene in 2007 with his inspirational song Reach and continues to inspire persons with his music and other releases such as 'Not For Long', 'I Like Yuh Way', 'Queen' and 'Amnesia'. His video for the song “Reach” achieved the #1 position for 4 weeks straight on Tempo’s Cross Caribbean Countdown, and his subsequent video releases of “Not for Long” and “I Like Yuh Way” continue to enjoy heavy rotation. He is currently working on his debut album entitled Love Broadcast which is carded for release in late 2009 and which will include the recently released single Liberate. For additional information on Rizon, contact Erica M. B. Ashton at 468 – 0063 or email email@example.com.