Patrice Murrell’s no lightweight: latest single ‘Heavyweight’ combines elements of Junkanoo and soca
Bahamian Patrice Murrell’s first single for 2020 has dropped, and she says this one is a banger.
Her latest track, “Heavyweight”, merges Bahamian and Trinidadian culture, combining elements of Junkanoo and soca. As its name suggests, it’s about strength, power, being the best in whatever you choose to do, being confident and overcoming challenges. The song seeks to inspire others to be champions.
According to Murrell, the song’s main writer, Seumas “Azaryah” Callender, was able to perfectly embody where she is currently in her career as an entertainer. It features Marvin “Swappi” Davis, the reigning 2019 Groovy Soca Monarch from Trinidad.
The single and accompanying music video are already getting rave reviews locally, in Trinidad and Tobago and in the United States.
For “Heavyweight”, Murrell worked with Trinidadian producer Johann Seaton of MadMen Productions on the track, with Swappi assisting Azaryah with the lyrics. Additional percussion was provided by Bahamian Frederick “Got Stykz” Seymour.
The music video showcases the beauty of The Bahamas as well as the energy and excitement associated with Junkanoo, courtesy of a Valley Boys rushout, with three production houses coming together on the video – Gary Wong, of Helium Creative; Farreno Ferguson, of F Dot Photography; and Margaret Glynastis and Dyaria Knowles, of IC Marketing.
Murrell dropped “Heavyweight” after coming off 2019 in which she released three tracks – “Rest of My Life”, “Cuz A Da Wine” and “T.O.M.” – and building on the success of her biggest hit to date, “Feelin’ Good”, which still enjoys considerable radio airplay, and streams on all major online platforms and with deejays locally and internationally.
Within the past few years, Murrell has received multiple awards for her success as a singer/songwriter, including a Bahamas Top Music Award for her song “Come 2 Wave” and contemporary song of the year for “Feelin’ Good” (Elevation Awards). As a first-time entry, Murrell was chosen as a finalist for the 2017 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Music Masters Competition.
Murrell said she uses music to create a unique sound, fusing indigenous Junkanoo and rake n’ scrape with soca, pop and electronic dance music. She is known for her powerful vocals and engaging stage presence, and describes her music as fun, sexy and liberating – all of which celebrate the Bahamian spirit.
During her career, Murrell has graced the stage with legendary acts and music icons including Michael Jackson, Bryan McKnight, Donnie McClurklin and Bebe and Cece Winans. She has performed throughout the Caribbean, the United States and Europe; and at the Miss Bahamas World Pageant, Alpha Sounds Carnival Survival Weekend, Bahamian Icon Awards, the Cacique Awards, the Ministry of Tourism Junkanoo Independence and Summer Festivals, One Caribbean Unite & Rebuild Trinidad Concert, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Battle 4 Atlantis NCAA Tournament (half time shows) and The Kes and Rupee concert.