STAR of the Month: Spice No Stranger To Entrepreneurship

Dancehall artiste Spice prides herself on being the consummate performer and active mother, but the deejay also boasts other hats, like entrepreneur.

Her latest venture, Spice Official Entertainment, was birthed as a way to distribute her own musical projects after a sour relationship with international label VP Records.

“The label was formed because of the confusion with VP Records,” Spice toldTHE WEEKEND STAR. “A lot of producers were complaining that it was difficult for them to get clearance for their songs from VP Records. Sometimes they would record songs with me and can’t put them out because when they do put them out, VP Records takes them down from iTunes and gives them a fight. It birthed the idea for me to say, ‘I’m gonna produce my own songs.’ I am very determined, so if I hear some form of problem or struggle right now, my thing is to always find a solution, and that’s my solution from all the complaints from producers and complaining about VP Records.”

Spice said she signed a five-album deal with the company in 2009, but no album has been released to date. She added that the label has not provided a distinct reason for this, even though she said she has the catalogue for all five albums. In October, Spice decided to take matters into her own hands by releasing her first body of work,Captured, on her label.

“I produced 80 per cent of the songs on myCaptured EP, so this has allowed me to be my own producer,” she said. But she has also taken another artiste under her wing, singjay Taneka, whom she met in 2016 and signed to her label.

No stranger to operating a business, Spice started her first venture at age 17.

“I started my entrepreneurship with Hot N’ Spicy restaurant. I wasn’t the cook, but my mom is a cook, and that’s where it started,” she said. “Then, it was Spice Sensational Salon, and I left from the salon and did my fashion store, Spicey Couture.”

She also launched the Grace Hamilton Women Empowerment Foundation last year, which aims to assist and uplift young women on their journey to success.

The first beneficiary, Abbygayle Ffrench, received $300,000 towards her tertiary education.

Source: STAR of the Month: Spice no stranger to entrepreneurship | Entertainment | Jamaica Star

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