Grateful is how Jamaican songstress Vanessa Bling is feeling since her third EP, ‘ Still Standing’, re-entered the Billboard Reggae Album chart last week.
Holding steady at number 10, the set peaked at number three when it was released last September and spent 13 consecutive weeks on the chart.
Now, the singer wants to go to the top.
“I feel absolutely great to know that the hard work has paid off. Last year I took the entire year to do this EP, ’cause I wanted to make sure that we put out the right work,” she told The STAR. “I woke up couple days ago and saw that I’m back on it, so it goes to show that great music does live on and people really listen all across the world. I’m grateful, and I wanna thank all my fans for the support; let’s go number one.”
The six-track EP was released by En-Treeg Records/OuttaSpace Entertainment and charted new territories, showing a more mature, crossover Vanessa Bling.
Featuring singles like 10 Bags, Real Love and What to Do, she said the EP broadened her audience.
“A lot of people listen to it, from elders to the younger generation; all some people that I didn’t expect to commend it, did,” she said. “What has worked for me over the years is that I just do me, I don’t follow the crowd. I hold good conversations with elders in this business and the way they talk to me lets me know I am on the right track. I try to stay out of the mix-up and allow God to lead me differently, while asking Him to not to let me get caught up in the hype ’cause that is not where I want to be.”
Growing up and singing in church, it comes as no surprise when she releases the occasional gospel-inspired tracks like Have Mercy on Me Lord and Overcome.
“I love gospel and me think me sing gospel really great. I’m not saying I’m a Christian, but I think one day I will drop an EP with straight gospel, ’cause I have a lot of songs that I wrote that I know a go touch and change nuff lives if dem drop,” she said.
Until then, she is in the studio working on her debut album, which she said will be produced by a bevy of local talent.