Nevis Song Competition Judges

Ricardo Drue - competition judgeBorn on the island of Antigua on July 31, 1985, Ricardo Drue has become one of the most passionate breakout artists in the Soca Industry. After moving to Cocoyea San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago at the age of 4, and growing up in a musical family, Ricardo realized at a young age that music was his passion. After being influenced heavily by Soca, Reggae, R&B and Hip Hop all his life, Ricardo became the lead singer of Crossovah, a dance and vocal quartet in 2006. Crossovah became known internationally after being the opening act for recording artists; Jeffery Osborne, Fat Joe, Sean Kingston, Red Rat, TOK, Patrice Roberts, Allison Hinds, Destra, Machel Montano and many more.

Ricardo broke away from Crossovah in 2010 to focus on a solo career. Between 2010 and 2014 Ricardo garnered many musical achievements. In 2011 he became the co-lead singer of the Roy Cape All Stars band in Trinidad and Tobago. In 2012 became a brand ambassador for Digicel Antigua & Barbuda. The year 2013 saw the release of his first studio album; Dreams of My Reality with the breakthrough single Dreaming. In 2014, Ricardo released his second album My Time, the city of Boston dubbed June 21, 2014 "Ricardo Dose Day", became the Power Soca Monarch of Antigua and Barbuda and launched his mega hit Vagabond onto the world. Vagabond gained quick popularity and became Ricardo's first international hit catapulting him into a successful 2015.

The year 2015 has been Ricardo's breakthrough year. He entered Trinidad & Tobago's International Groovy Soca Monarch competition where he placed 2. Runner Up with Vagabond, won Music Video of the year at the 2015 International Soca Awards, won breakthrough artist of the year at the COTT Awards and defended his crown as Antigua & Barbuda's Power Soca Monarch and released the singles; No Shame, Rider, Winner and Bet. Ricardo is once again seeing international success with his groovy release Professional which has a mass following in Antigua, Barbados, Canada, North and South America. His single Bet has been gaining momentum in the later months of 2015.

With 2015 coming to an end, you can bet that Ricardo Drue will continue to release new music for his fans AKA the members of ID Nation to groove and dance to for years to come.

Hanzel Manners - competition judgeMr. Hanzel Manners, born in Gingerland, Nevis, have for a long time demonstrated a keen interest in the arts, specifically music, singing, writing and poetry. He is the composer of the lyrics of the school song of the Charlestown Secondary School, Industrtia et Virtute, the popular Nevisian folk song, Nevis Lovely Nevis, and several poems that have been presented at the annual Poets in the Square and at other events on the island. In 2001, he published his first book, BambooShay, a collection of short stories of Nevis. He is currently working on his second book about Nevis to be published later this year.

Mr. Manners, aged 75, holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from The University of the West Indies (UWI), and professional qualifications in Accounting (Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants-FCCA), and (Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB).

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