Grammy award-winning artists Chaka Khan and Crystal Gayle have been confirmed for the 18th staging of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival set to take place at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1.
Junior Taylor, associate producer of the festival, is not giving everything away.
“Patrons will be in for a treat as Chaka and Crystal are phenomenal singers and performers and have a repertoire of music Jamaicans enjoy. They will deliver a musical experience like no other as they are part of a larger line-up with some really awesome talent and music but I cannot give everything away so I encourage everyone to listen out for more names in the coming days,” he explained.
Khan has amassed a catalog of hits including “Through the Fire” and “I Feel for You” which earned her 10 Grammy awards. While Gayle, known for her R&B-flavored brand of country music, captured a Grammy award with hit “Don’t It Make my Brown Eyes Blue”.
Other artists billed for the festival include Toni Braxton, Chrisette Michele and Aaron Neville.
The festival is renowned for its rich music and cultural offerings and the feature event has provided a stage some of the nation’s outstanding talents, including The Voice winner Tessanne Chin, Rootz Underground and Reggae crooner Romain Virgo.