Crazy for You
SALLY AT LARGE Life is a journey full of blind corners and narrow streets even bridges and precipices. Sally Elwin has sailed on a starship called Fantasy captained by her virtuoso husband Randolph. There is a guiding light that has taken their original music beyond the shores of St. Lucia given the production of two fantastic CDs inside of three years. The first 2004 release a five track CD entitled 'Sally' and the ten track 2006 CD release Crazy for You. In 1995 I first met the endearing couple when they were auditioning for the job of Resident Band at the Rendezvous Hotel at Choc Bay. I was the Entertainment Manager then and they impressed us, so they got the job. In the late 70's I had known KK from his Hibiscus days. He had an exciting stage presence and knew his instrument, both technically and theoretically. Somehow now there was the added dimension of Sally's gift of song. It was only a matter of time before the accolades would come. Fantasy the band they put together were the Resident Band during my five years at Rendezvous. They were simply the best. The repertoire was well researched and presented. The sound was clean and the band members disciplined to perfection. KK had been on the cruise ships and indicated that he could best use his talents on shore rather than on the sea. He established a studio and recorded some of island's top Calypsonians. When it came to knowing what was right for Sally to record there was a winning formula. From the shy reclusive singer I had seen at that audition Sally Elwin had blossomed into a dynamic, effervescent confident front line performer. Rendezvous served as a testing nurturing ground for Sally. There she was able to perform to audiences of different cultural backgrounds. Yet Sally and KK were able to satiate and entertain their guests musically, given that many of them have returned to listen to their music time and time again. In terms of recognition in the public domain, there was the Belgrave Award for Best producer in 1992, best Christmas Song in Radio St. Lucia's Christmas Song contest 1996, best music group in the St. Lucia Hotel Tourism Association's St. Lisi Par Excellence Awards of 2001. In 1999 Sally entered the Caribbean Song festival in Cuba and placed 1st runner up. In 2004 Sally Elwin became a household name in St. Lucian music. People wanted to know who this St. Lucian diva was with a voice that made the butterfly dance and fish fly. Her "You are the One" video had atmosphere and capturing her inner soul delivering lyrics with zest that one could taste the honey in the music. Then in May 2004 she moved to Derek Walcott Square for St. Lucia Jazz and unleashed her magic to the enthusiastic kids who sang and embraced every nuance with Sally, KK and Fantasy. In 2006 Sally and KK opened up for the Manhattans at the Pigeon Island Side Lawn with a fantastic performance which had everybody talking. It was the magic of her voice and the wizardry of Randolph KK Elwin that had led them to their destiny. By all indications and expectations with the 2006 CD release of "Crazy for You" with it's current popularity there is surely to be a windfall. Maybe a recording Contract from an International Recording Company. Crazy for you, Free up yourself, Stormy Weather, Ooh Baby, I'll be okay are tracks of exceptional and outstanding verve coming out of the St. Lucia's Musical profile. Rest assured Sally and that your gifts will come May-be someday at Christmas. Gandolph St.Claire.