b. Rosalin Thompson, February 1972, St. Thomas, Jamaica, West Indies. Thompson was the youngest of 13 siblings, all reared in a Christian environment, and her initial vocal training was in the local church and school choirs. In 1994 she began singing professionally through Howlers International Music, performing as Rosie T. Although her initial recordings were all cover versions, they proved moderately successful, and she was invited to appear at the 1995 Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, where she gave a triumphant performance on the International Night alongside the likes of Buju Banton, Everton Blender and Freddie McGregor. This gained her a following, and prompted invitations to perform with other renowned artists. She recorded ‘Empower Me’ as Ivanay, a song co-written with Anthony Rochester, combining a steadfast rhythm with masterful lyricism. Her name change emphasized her individuality, and she recorded self-compositions alongside the earlier cover versions for the long-awaited debut album, which demonstrated both her vocal and writing skills. The set featured guest vocals from Angie Angel on a ragga remix of ‘Empower Me’, Louie Culture on the dancehall mover ‘Make Love To You’, and a cover version of a Peter Tosh hit, retitled ‘God Is My Keeper’.
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