Shurwayne Winchester

Shurwayne Winchester
Member Society: COTT
Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Genre: Calypso/Soca

Biography

Shurwayne's journey to stardom began at a very tender age, while still in the care of his parents on the island of Tobago. At the age of 12, he entered the competition arena, consistently making yearly contributions that impressed and propelled him to advanced stages. Throughout his career he gathered experience and obtained the required understanding of the music business through his affiliations with a number of bands, most notably, that of Caribbean Traffic Jam, of which he quickly became...

Shurwayne's journey to stardom began at a very tender age, while still in the care of his parents on the island of Tobago. At the age of 12, he entered the competition arena, consistently making yearly contributions that impressed and propelled him to advanced stages. Throughout his career he gathered experience and obtained the required understanding of the music business through his affiliations with a number of bands, most notably, that of Caribbean Traffic Jam, of which he quickly became frontline singer. In 2004, Shurwayne won the Road March title with"The Band Coming" a feat he repeated in 2005 with the infectiously up-tempo track, "Dead or Alive," accomplishing that which many in the industry only dream of.

Dedication and hard work, the attributes that make Shurwayne Winchester who he is, as a successful artiste, proved to aid his double triumph yet again in 2006 when he copped both the Power and Groovy Soca Monarchs with "Can't Wait," and "Don't Stop" respectively. By November 2008, Shurwayne had a vision for his music and decided to forge his own destiny by forming his very own band, Y.O.U.- Yes One Unit. From 2008-2011, Shurwayne & Y.O.U. performed in Canada, Miami, Toronto, Berlin, Philadelphia and several islands in the Caribbean chain. Shurwayne's confidence was well-founded and well rewarded as he again copped the Groovy Monarch title in 2010.

As his successes in the soca arena increased, Shurwayne made a conscious decision to engage in musical fusion through experimentation with different genres of music. A successful collaboration in December 2011 with Philomena led to his first ever parang called "When Christmas Come”. For the 2012 season, Shurwayne recorded a number of songs including a remix of Jiggle It with Bajan artiste Inches and Nobody Badda than We with Jamaican dancehall singer Popcaan. Wine on It, his wildly popular hit is credited as a crossover with dancehall and soca while the infectious Wining Addiction incorporated a melodious Tobago jig. Other popular releases included Work It, Harder, We Love and Hands Up.

Post Carnival 2012, Shurwayne has been kept busy with projects including recording Winey Winey with Jamaican dancehall star Mr. Vegas and shooting the video for Fire in Me his number one hit with St. Lucia’s soca star Q’pid. Most notable was his engagement as the sole soca artiste on the billing for Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica, a line-up that also included R&B SINGER Brian McNight and Grammy awardee Estelle. During the upcoming summer, he is billed to perform at the Ipswich Festival in London and the Ottawa Riddims Festival in addition to appearances in St. John’s, Antigua and Tortola.

Shurwayne Winchester, a versatile entertainer for all seasons.

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