Among the players in the entertainment industry here in Grenada, there is continuous debate about the timing of the release of new music during any particular Carnival Season.
There is always the notion that releasing a song too early will hinder its chances for sustained success. That myth was resoundingly de-bunked in 2012, with a song that for all intent and purposes kick-started the Carnival season and went on to win the coveted Road march title, while earning the performing Artiste 2nd place in the 2012 National Soca Competition. The talent behind that colossal achievement, has confessed that even his own mother thought the song was an autobiographical composition, since Jalon Olive, the composer and performer of the song, could be classified a ‘troublesome child’.
At 19-years-old, Boyzie, as he is known in the Soca World, appears to be your typical teenager. However, through conversation (which you will have to initiate because of his soft-spoken nature) one discovers a multi-talented young man with a veritable list of accomplishments. For example at age 12 he represented Grenada in under-15 cricket and a year later captained the under-15 team. At age 14 he was the captain of the McDonald College senior cricket team. On all levels of cricket he has been an all-rounder, as a medium pace bowler and a prolific number 3 batsman.
Presently Boyzie plays Parish and League cricket while still representing St. Patrick-based North Stars in the 2nd division of the Grenada Football Association annual competition. Yes! He is also a very talented footballer. While there is sporting abilities in the Olive family, it is the other prominent talent of the family, singing and performing that would eventually make Boyzie a household name.
Boyzie’s recording career started in 2009 with a song entitled ‘Best Mas’, which preceded a mildly successful 2010 rendition entitled ‘Never Tell Her Go Jouvert’. Seemingly poised for major Soca success in 2011, Boyzie was to miss the entire carnival season as he was on cricketing assignment representing Grenada in the Windward Island under-19 cricket tournament. With energy and creativity on reserve from missing an entire carnival season, Boyzie invoked his troublesome spirit of his younger days, released his song early and maintained the momentum throughout the 2012 carnival season.
Interestingly Boyzie has been a neighbor of one of Grenada’s most celebrated entertainers, Elimus “Inspector” Gilbert. In fact Boyzie was part of Inspector’s Soca Monarch Finals presentation for the 2003 hit ‘In My Land’. In conversation and observing Jalon what strikes, even the most casual listener and onlooker, is the ease, grace ad proficiency with which the young man seems to go about fully realizing the potential of his God-given talents.
At present Boyzie is committed to music full-time with a part-time interest in sports. His immediate plans are to pursue higher studies in the field of music/sound engineering with the ultimate aim of bringing even more attention to the musical exploits of Grenada and Grenadians. So next time you see Boyzie on stage look beyond the troublesome persona and see the former National cricketer, the talented footballer, but most importantly see the future of Grenada’s music industry. Dexter Mitchell