“Jack” says to look for the next TCI Voice; a weekly show aims to unearth talent – Magnetic Media
By Shanieka Smith
#TurksandCaicos, April 26, 2022 – “Music is one of the most powerful tools we have, not only for marketing… but also for solving some of the social problems we may have.”
These are the words of a devout and well-known musician from the Turks and Caicos Islands, who shared that music has changed his life. Recording artist and producer, Jack Lightbourne is the inspiration behind TCI Voice, the island’s newest talent show looking for new musical talent.
TCI Voice, however, is more than a talent show, the idea behind the talent show and the intention to move forward stems from a level of care and consideration for the development of the Turks Islands and Caiques.
“It’s really a community project that’s designed to really scour the community and uncover talent – hidden talent…for some of them [talents]it may be one of the only opportunities they have to take a big step in their life to really build their confidence and their interpersonal skills,” Lightbourne said.
Going beyond an individual project, Lightbourne wants TCI Voice to be one of TCI’s music projects to address some social issues.
“And we’re trying to get the government to recognize that music is a very powerful tool for a destination like the Turks and Caicos Islands,” he added.
Lightbourne said TCI has yet to tip the iceberg when it comes to investing in the music industry. The government, he said, neglects music and gives little importance to music and culture.
“The government needs to understand how powerful music is, not just for an individual, but for an entire nation, to really see the benefits and start investing not just thousands but millions of dollars in music development. due to tourism implications. “, he repeated.
The official talent search began on Wednesday, April 6 and continues every Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. at Karaoke Bar and Grill.
Each week, talents go through a process of elimination. The winner at the end will have the opportunity to meet professional recording personnel: engineers, writers, producers, some are Grammy winners. Some of these professionals come from the United States, there is one from Trinidad and Tobago.
All the pros will give the TCI Voice winner a taste of what it’s like to make a song. The winner will also receive a single contract, where they can record their own song.
Lightbourne deeply expressed that it is not about perfection, but about potential. This point of view is one of the main reasons that anyone with musical talent can be part of TCI Voice; no hearing is required.
“We already know our industry is small and underdeveloped, so we don’t try to put too much pressure on people to be perfect…if you find out about their ability, you can still work with them” , did he declare.
He further stated, “There is talent everywhere, black people are talented and what we are trying to do is give that talent an opportunity. Most of the time we see talents being used in churches [and] talent shows. But we really don’t have a well-established music industry where we can take that talent and organize it professionally.
TCI Voice is a rare opportunity for people who can sing to become professionals. Hence the idea behind the name TCI Voice itself – the voices are already in TCI and it’s just for them to be heard and nurtured.
“We need our own voice; it’s time to put the spotlight on the Turks and Caicos Islands, the music of the Turks and Caicos Islands. We neglected this aspect of the music. We didn’t focus on ourselves, we focused on promoting every other culture but our own,” Lightbourne said, pointing out that the TCI music industry was centered around cover bands.
As such, the production side of the music was ignored. He explained that production is really what to exploit.
“We have to take songs from these artists, these musicians and evolve them into the professional side of this industry, where the money is, where the marketing is and where the business is strong,” he said. he declares.
This will in turn establish a strong brand of music in and from TCI and also bring global awareness to the island.
In addition to Lightbourne, the 43-year-old artist and producer from Grand Turk, a few other people brought the show to life.
TCI Voice is produced by Paradise Beachfront Productions, one of the only professional recording studios on the island. It is owned by Lightbourne and caters to international artists visiting the island.
Lightbourne shared that for the talent show they are working with the Department of Culture, the Tourist Board, Flow TCI, Provo Travel and David’s Karaoke Bar and Grill, who run the event weekly.
Before the first TCI Voice on April 6, the team held a music workshop. Everyone on the island was able to attend and see firsthand what the music industry is like.
Lightbourne speaks fervently about TCI Voice, and so far the talent show seems to be going well. It will continue every Wednesday until the final on Saturday 7 May. The show is live for viewing but also streams on Facebook at Jack Music TCI and on Instagram at Paradise Beachfront Productions.