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Claudia Edward launched her new foundation “Edward 4 Education” endorsed by the Ministry of Education on Monday, November 2. This charity-based organization will assist selected schools, in providing specific needs for the enhancement of the teaching and learning environment.
“We are not planning to make every situation better, or to work miracles, but we will try to assist at least one school a year, with a specific project, whether it be getting fans for all classrooms, paving of a school yard, repainting, creating a library, retiling etc,” Claudia Edwards explained. “The board will try to assist one school at a time. The Foundation will assess needs and make decisions based on the urgency of each situation; of course this decision will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.
Claudia highlighted that the goal of the foundation was to create participation and cooperation between artistes, the Government through the Ministry of Education, business enterprises, parents and the general St Lucian population.
The Corinth Secondary School was chosen this year, as they are in need of a sick bay/ room where the secondary school students can wait comfortably when sick. Mr Andrew, principal of the Corinth Secondary School praised the Foundation’s efforts and says the school is elated to be a beneficiary of the fund raising venture.
“Our students presently lie on the floor or over two chairs in the reception area when sick, and are either waiting for their parents or the ambulance,” he explained. “It can be a very demeaning experience for some, especially teenage girls, as there is no privacy and most of the cases we face daily at the school would require some degree of privacy. We already have plans from the Ministry of Education mapped out for the construction on the room and look forward to the commencement of the project with the assistance of the foundation.”
On Sunday, December 19 the foundation will host its very first charity concert: “An Evening With Claudia” to be held at the St Lucia Golf Club. Tickets cost $175.
Lawrence Samuels, chief operations director of the Golf Club, reiterated the club’s full support of this venture: “We are proud to be a part of an event that promotes growth and a general interest in the children of St Lucia. We are happy to be able to give of our time and service to such a cause.”
The grand cocktail begins at 4pm. Proceeds from the event, which will include a grand auction of jewelry from Harry Edwards and paintings from Arnold Toulon and Alwyn St Omer will go towards the Corinth Secondary School’s Sick Bay construction. The concert will highlight Claudia and her band Naked Chords, featuring talents like that of Ronald “Boo” Hinkson, Shayne Ross and TC Brown.
Main Sponsors for the event include the St Lucia Golf and Country Club, Harry Edwards Jewelers and Magic Circle Express. Other Sponsors: Arnold Toulon, St Lucia Distillers, Alwyn St Omer and The Document Centre.
The general public is invited to attend. Tickets are available at the St Lucia Golf Club, Sunshine Book Stores, and members of Naked Chords.
Come enjoy an evening of fun with a purpose, “Because the children are our future.”

- St. Lucia Star Newspaper


Claudia Edward launched her new foundation “Edward 4 Education” endorsed by the Ministry of Education on Monday, November 2. This charity-based organization will assist selected schools, in providing specific needs for the enhancement of the teaching and learning environment.
“We are not planning to make every situation better, or to work miracles, but we will try to assist at least one school a year, with a specific project, whether it be getting fans for all classrooms, paving of a school yard, repainting, creating a library, retiling etc,” Claudia Edwards explained. “The board will try to assist one school at a time. The Foundation will assess needs and make decisions based on the urgency of each situation; of course this decision will be in consultation with the Ministry of Education.
Claudia highlighted that the goal of the foundation was to create participation and cooperation between artistes, the Government through the Ministry of Education, business enterprises, parents and the general St Lucian population.
The Corinth Secondary School was chosen this year, as they are in need of a sick bay/ room where the secondary school students can wait comfortably when sick. Mr Andrew, principal of the Corinth Secondary School praised the Foundation’s efforts and says the school is elated to be a beneficiary of the fund raising venture.
“Our students presently lie on the floor or over two chairs in the reception area when sick, and are either waiting for their parents or the ambulance,” he explained. “It can be a very demeaning experience for some, especially teenage girls, as there is no privacy and most of the cases we face daily at the school would require some degree of privacy. We already have plans from the Ministry of Education mapped out for the construction on the room and look forward to the commencement of the project with the assistance of the foundation.”
On Sunday, December 19 the foundation will host its very first charity concert: “An Evening With Claudia” to be held at the St Lucia Golf Club. Tickets cost $175.
Lawrence Samuels, chief operations director of the Golf Club, reiterated the club’s full support of this venture: “We are proud to be a part of an event that promotes growth and a general interest in the children of St Lucia. We are happy to be able to give of our time and service to such a cause.”
The grand cocktail begins at 4pm. Proceeds from the event, which will include a grand auction of jewelry from Harry Edwards and paintings from Arnold Toulon and Alwyn St Omer will go towards the Corinth Secondary School’s Sick Bay construction. The concert will highlight Claudia and her band Naked Chords, featuring talents like that of Ronald “Boo” Hinkson, Shayne Ross and TC Brown.
Main Sponsors for the event include the St Lucia Golf and Country Club, Harry Edwards Jewelers and Magic Circle Express. Other Sponsors: Arnold Toulon, St Lucia Distillers, Alwyn St Omer and The Document Centre.
The general public is invited to attend. Tickets are available at the St Lucia Golf Club, Sunshine Book Stores, and members of Naked Chords.
Come enjoy an evening of fun with a purpose, “Because the children are our future.”

- St. Lucia Star Newspaper


Claudia Edward
As with many contemporary artistes, Claudia Edwards has her origins in the Church. No stranger to the spotlight, the island beauty is a recorded artiste with her own unique style, honed through professional development pursuits in Europe.

After a few successful collaborations, she now performs at music festivals regionally and internationally in both French and English.

Performing with own band, Naked Chords’, Claudia has done it all and wants more.

- St.Lucia Jazz website


CLAUDIA SINGS WITH FREDDY…JACKSON THAT IS!!!!!!!

Local singer Claudia is already reaping the benefits of having performed for the very first time on main stage at the recent St. Lucia Jazz 2010.

Not one month after her performance during “Saturday Jazz” (May 8, 20101) at the Pigeon Island National Landmark, Claudia was belting it out at a popular nightclub for the stars, compliments Freddy Jackson who said he was blown away by the young singer’s performance at Jazz coupled with her flexibility and roaring voice highlighted in her just released album “Mic Check”.

Claudia relives the story of how she came to meet the multi-talented world renowned Freddy Jackson: “I was introduced to Freddy by Irene, whom I had spoken to over the phone arranging her stay at Windjammer Landing where I work. We had some nice chats and she seemed to fall in love with my personality; when she arrived at the hotel after numerous phone calls making all the arrangements, she immediately asked for me at the Front Desk.”

Punctuated by her infectious laugh, she continued: “After I met her, we started talking almost every day, when I told her I was performing at jazz, she was quite intrigued. She asked me for one of my CDs to pass onto Freddy Jackson and then invited my manager and me to meet Freddy whom I have admired for many years, I was very excited!!!”

Upon meeting with the star, Claudia said they spent hours talking about music and life in general. “He has such a calm and pleasant demeanour” she exclaimed, “… he gave me so much to think about…We spoke about his struggle in the world of music and about the hardships that artistes often face in pursuit of ‘the dream’, she remembers.

Reminiscing on that meeting that she will never forget, Claudia holds close one key statement Freddy Jackson made that has in turn become her mantra: "Sacrifices make you stronger and more appreciative"

Immediately after their meeting, in fact the very next day, Claudia said Freddy Jackson called and invited her to New York to perform with him at the “Sugar Bar” an establishment owned and run by the legendary singing duo - Ashford and Simpson.


“Well you don’t want to know the excitement and butterflies that filled my stomach! Of course I quickly said yes and on the evening of Thursday May 20, I met with Freddy and performed at the cozy jazz lounge in New York City.”

As Claudia recounts, it was truly a memorable event. “I met the owners, the great Ashford and Simpson and in the crowd it was easy to spot many celebrities who actually stopped by!

“Living up to the moment I must say that my performance was amazing, and I got a standing ovation after doing the song "God bless the child.”

Meeting with Freddy Jackson the young singer says has singularly been the most exciting experience in her singing career.

In their heart-to-heart chat at Windjammer, Claudia says Jackson was kind enough to give her tips for caring for her vocals and gave her pointers for her music styles as well as recording tips. “He is absolutely amazing and meeting him was an experience that I will always hold close to my heart” she gushed.

Claudia who is now preparing for a whirlwind tour of the United States, Canada and UK says she is grateful to the Saint Lucia Tourist Board for opening this door for her.

“It was an incredible experience meeting Freddy Jackson and what was most heart -warming is that after listening to my CD the great man says he is a fan of mine…wow! He said he couldn’t believe the talent he heard in every song. He even told me he had two favourite songs on my album Mic Check: "The Struggle" and "I Wish You Were Here"

And what happens now? “There are so many more plans with Freddy and let’s say we are looking forward to a packed summer. No doubt my band "Naked Chords" will be with me during my planned tours overseas” said Claudia.

-30-

- The Voice Newspaper


ST LUCIA’S CLAUDIA TO DEBUT ON CENTRIC TV – ALIAS ERSTWHILE BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION: BET
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St Lucian Talent - Claudia on Centric TV {ex-BET}
St Lucian singer Claudia Edward is getting ready to deliver a coup for the Helen of the Caribbean later this month when she appears on the magazine type show Splash on Centric TV, formerly BET.

Hot on the heels of the release of her third CD “Mic Check” and music video “Hey Boy” Claudia will debut on the Centric network this Saturday April 24, during Splash, at 8:00am with a repeat on Sunday April 25 at 2:00 pm.

Splash! features cuisine, hotels, fashion, people and music. It is currently one of the only portals for Caribbean Music and talent to receive exposure on North American Cable.

The video Hey Boy also features the voice of local talent Valentine “Mubarak” Moise.

Meanwhile, Claudia’s interview with Centric conducted and filmed at her CD launch earlier this month will debut May 15th at the same times.

Centric has a distribution of 47 Million households through MTV & BET networks, and reaches another 16 million homes across the Caribbean. Splash is also syndicated in over 20 African markets.

Claudia’s music video is already showing on rotation on Tempo and will also debut on the Florida-based Caribbean music show Caribbean Sound Track in coming weeks.

Since the local and regional release of her CD Mic Check, Claudia has been absorbed in a bevy of PR activity, being interviewed on radio and television stations across the Caribbean and in Miami. The CD is set to be released in the United States and Canada later this month.

Solidifying her presence as a force to be reckoned with Claudia will be performing at St. Lucia Jazz mainstage on May 8 at the Pigeon Island National Landmark.

The singer who has over ten years of performing in St. Lucia and other Caribbean islands and whose signature voice has also been featured in plays by Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott, is promising patrons of St. Lucia Jazz a show they will never forget! Claudia will be performing an all original slate of songs at Saturday Jazz some of which are featured on her new album. The album Mic Check is now available at several record stores throughout Castries.

- The Bajan Reporter


CLAUDIA SINGS WITH FREDDY…JACKSON THAT IS!!!!!!!

Local singer Claudia is already reaping the benefits of having performed for the very first time on main stage at the recent St. Lucia Jazz 2010.

Not one month after her performance during “Saturday Jazz” (May 8, 20101) at the Pigeon Island National Landmark, Claudia was belting it out at a popular nightclub for the stars, compliments Freddy Jackson who said he was blown away by the young singer’s performance at Jazz coupled with her flexibility and roaring voice highlighted in her just released album “Mic Check”.

Claudia relives the story of how she came to meet the multi-talented world renowned Freddy Jackson: “I was introduced to Freddy by Irene, whom I had spoken to over the phone arranging her stay at Windjammer Landing where I work. We had some nice chats and she seemed to fall in love with my personality; when she arrived at the hotel after numerous phone calls making all the arrangements, she immediately asked for me at the Front Desk.”

Punctuated by her infectious laugh, she continued: “After I met her, we started talking almost every day, when I told her I was performing at jazz, she was quite intrigued. She asked me for one of my CDs to pass onto Freddy Jackson and then invited my manager and me to meet Freddy whom I have admired for many years, I was very excited!!!”

Upon meeting with the star, Claudia said they spent hours talking about music and life in general. “He has such a calm and pleasant demeanour” she exclaimed, “… he gave me so much to think about…We spoke about his struggle in the world of music and about the hardships that artistes often face in pursuit of ‘the dream’, she remembers.

Reminiscing on that meeting that she will never forget, Claudia holds close one key statement Freddy Jackson made that has in turn become her mantra: "Sacrifices make you stronger and more appreciative"

Immediately after their meeting, in fact the very next day, Claudia said Freddy Jackson called and invited her to New York to perform with him at the “Sugar Bar” an establishment owned and run by the legendary singing duo - Ashford and Simpson.


“Well you don’t want to know the excitement and butterflies that filled my stomach! Of course I quickly said yes and on the evening of Thursday May 20, I met with Freddy and performed at the cozy jazz lounge in New York City.”

As Claudia recounts, it was truly a memorable event. “I met the owners, the great Ashford and Simpson and in the crowd it was easy to spot many celebrities who actually stopped by!

“Living up to the moment I must say that my performance was amazing, and I got a standing ovation after doing the song "God bless the child.”

Meeting with Freddy Jackson the young singer says has singularly been the most exciting experience in her singing career.

In their heart-to-heart chat at Windjammer, Claudia says Jackson was kind enough to give her tips for caring for her vocals and gave her pointers for her music styles as well as recording tips. “He is absolutely amazing and meeting him was an experience that I will always hold close to my heart” she gushed.

Claudia who is now preparing for a whirlwind tour of the United States, Canada and UK says she is grateful to the Saint Lucia Tourist Board for opening this door for her.

“It was an incredible experience meeting Freddy Jackson and what was most heart -warming is that after listening to my CD the great man says he is a fan of mine…wow! He said he couldn’t believe the talent he heard in every song. He even told me he had two favourite songs on my album Mic Check: "The Struggle" and "I Wish You Were Here"

And what happens now? “There are so many more plans with Freddy and let’s say we are looking forward to a packed summer. No doubt my band "Naked Chords" will be with me during my planned tours overseas” said Claudia.

-30-

- The Voice Newspaper


If you’re accustomed to reggae and want to look for hip-hop and R&B, ballads and other styles then you will want to savour Castries’ Claudia who just released her new album “Mic Check” which visits many styles. She tends to vary in her stylings from song to song, which appear to be influenced by Vanessa Williams, Jill Scott and Macy Gray, yet she has a very subtle hint of the accent known for those blessed by birth from the Helen of the Caribbean.

“Bad Girl” finds Beenie Man guesting with her in the disco Dancehall look at a gal who will be wrong for a night so she can get the guy. My favourite track was the sultry “Arrest Me” when she lusts for a fellow so badly she thinks it’s a crime!

If you cannot find Claudia’s “Mic Check“ at your favourite music outlet then you need to demand for it by its name and in a hurry before St Lucians buy up all the copies! Her management can be reached HERE and let them know what you think?

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June 29, 2010 at 9:32 PMHey, I searched for new Caribbean music on Bing and just wanted to say thanks for the excellent read. I want to hear Claudia, so thank you again!
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If you’re accustomed to reggae and want to look for hip-hop and R&B, ballads and other styles then you will want to savour Castries’ Claudia who just released her new album “Mic Check” which visits many styles. She tends to vary in her stylings from song to song, which appear to be influenced by Vanessa Williams, Jill Scott and Macy Gray, yet she has a very subtle hint of the accent known for those blessed by birth from the Helen of the Caribbean.

“Bad Girl” finds Beenie Man guesting with her in the disco Dancehall look at a gal who will be wrong for a night so she can get the guy. My favourite track was the sultry “Arrest Me” when she lusts for a fellow so badly she thinks it’s a crime!

If you cannot find Claudia’s “Mic Check“ at your favourite music outlet then you need to demand for it by its name and in a hurry before St Lucians buy up all the copies! Her management can be reached HERE and let them know what you think?

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I Wish you were here
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Claudia Edward - Biography
Claudia has been performing professionally since the age of 14, starting out as a lead choir singer and moving into the hotel circuit as lead vocalist for Magic Circle Express and Tricepts.

Never one to sit back on her laurels, Claudia and her band "Naked Chords" recently released their latest album "Mic Check" and music video for the single, "I Wish". This album reflects the many changes in her life while trying to incorporate a feel for the island’s unique and multiple cultures. The 10 track album also features International Grammy winning performer Beenie Man, in the song "Bad Girl".

In 1997, Claudia started developing her vocals by enrolling in voice training classes in New Jersey. She later returned to her homeland St. Lucia, and continued on the hotel circuit, performing in major shows, cocktails and special functions.

In 1998 Claudia was featured on a single by one of the most popular soca bands in the region - Square One out of Barbados, singing alongside the undeniable Caribbean Queen of soca, Alison Hinds. Their song “Electricity” became extremely popular in the English, Dutch and French Antilles.

Claudia released her very first EP in 1999, which featured the songs “Sha La La” and a remake of Shania Twain's “Still the One”. The tracks became very popular, literally making this young singer a household name in St. Lucia.

Upon recognition of her work, Claudia was nominated for “Best Female Artist of the year” in the “St. Lucia Fine Arts Awards”. She deservingly gained her first award for her role in the entertainment industry in St. Lucia.

Claudia Edward has never looked back since then, attributing all her success and endless opportunities to her career as a radio personality for over five years, and her unquenchable thirst for creating music and being on stage.

To date, she has performed in Barbados, Costa Rica and in the neighboring French Isle of Martinique on several occasions, where her fluent French (she studied in Paris, France) has made her an instant hit in the French territories.

In 2002 Claudia appeared for the first time on the St. Lucia Jazz stage – a veritable coup for local artistes - alongside Vincent Small Lewis. She later accompanied him to Grenada for the Spice Jazz Festival, and in 2003, Claudia made her solo debut at the annual St. Lucia Jazz Festival performing during Teatime Jazz at La Place Carenage. It was there she gave her fans and the audience a preview of her last CD “Dedication”, with the song “Don't Wanna”.

In August 2003 the CD “Dedication” was launched featuring nine original tracks including a remix of “Sha La La”. The album also includes “Don't Wanna” which has a video to go with it. The songs “Lost Without You” and “How Could You” were also quite successful on the local and regional markets.

2005 was a twist for the young artist, as she toured Europe with Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott; an unbending talent master who fell in love with her voice, her charm and her smile and set her as the lead vocalist in his play “The Odyssey”, playing the major role in Sir Derek’s “Helen of Troy”.
She recently played the role of "Lady in Red" in the play, "For Colored girls"

This is proof enough that while Claudia is no stranger to the stage, her talent is multi-faceted and unlimited as she is a seasoned entertainer in both music and drama. Her work goes beyond sessions with St. Lucian musicians, as Claudia has done numerous session work with musicians abroad.

In 2009, impressed with her performance and her ever-growing repertoire, organizers of St. Lucia Jazz had Claudia back again, this time performing with her very own band, “Naked Chords” at Tea Time Jazz and Jazz on the Green – an upscale private annual Jazz fundraiser put on by the St. Lucia Golf Club.

Throughout her singing career, Claudia has tapped into every experience in her life, the bittersweet to the downright painful, drawing her emotions and giving flight to them through song.

One of her all time favorite pieces: “Unconditional Love” was penned for her father, who she lost at a young age and whose absence she admits to feeling deeply to this day.

A writer in her own right, Claudia writes most of her own material collaborating with internationally renowned St. Lucian musicians as well.

To say Claudia Edward is an accomplished singer is very much like a gross understatement as she has proven over the years that she is more than that. A “consummate performer” would be closer to hitting the mark as she has definitely made her mark on stage in so many ways.

Claudia and her band were selected to perform on the main stage of the St Lucia Jazz Festival 2010 and have since been receiving invitations to perform at other events.
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