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Three the Hard Way: Vocalizing Dreams of Divadom at Redbones

Stephanie Wallace Maxwell opens Three The Hard Way

While Jamaica still reels from Tessanne Chin’s well-deserved win of Season 5 of the NBC television talent search series The Voice, it has been noted that there are many other Jamaicans also seeking the hallowed but often illusive big break.  And last Saturday, three female vocalists, Niquet Goldson, Stephanie Wallace-Maxwell and Aisha Davis donned their hopes of divadom and strutted on to the Redbones stage to present Three the Hard Way.

The show, originally slated to begin at 8:30 pm had an extremely late start, with the opening act, Stephanie, finally making her way to the stage almost an hour later, where she declared herself a "superwoman" who wouldn't take the title of a 'good girl' but does time as her partner's backbone.

The three women, have are all gifted with strong vocals and have reasonably different styles. Niquet proved a bubbling, often screaming, ball of energy with an engaging persona. Stephanie an Aisha both veered toward different aspects of the sultry.

However, though the title suggested that they were presenting a singular showcase, their opening was disparate, each woman coming on and off the stage to do different sets, making the show feel disjointed. To be a truly solid production, Three The Hard Way required strong musical direction, that would have allowed the women to pool their talents, strengthen their presence and significantly improve their vocal impact. Instead, despite the reasonably strong performances, the presentation felt a little like a musical hopscotch, that hopefully improved (alas by then we were gone).

Three the Hard Way was produced by Havatio Music, Stephanie Wallace’s newly formed independent music label. The show took place at Redbones The Blues Cafe on Saturday, December 14 and was part hosted by Marlon Campbell.

But as we had to leave early, you'll have to depend more on the images from our files to see what they three women served up on their a la carte musical menu:

Niquet Goldson was ball of energy

Aisha Davis a gifted vocalist, belts one out

"Chat to me back..." Stephanie Wallace Maxwell shows some sass

Niquet Goldson - big vocals in a tiny package