The music video for an upbeat, dancehall-tinged, Latin, Afrobeat single “Crazy” by singer Richie Stephens dropped on Friday, Nov. 5.
The fast-rising single, which features Stephens’ exquisite baritone vocals, comes on the heels of his successful 14-track disc, “Mother & Son,” with his mother, Mama Carmen, which was released on Pot of Gold & Dubshot Records, according to Jamaican entertainment publicist Anthony Turner.
Turner told Caribbean Life that “Crazy” was produced by Shaka Pow of Outfytt Records (Jamaica) and Chris Thomas of I.W.A.A.D Music (New York), and was released in early September.
“The track made an immediate impact in the ethnic market, and is currently enjoying rotation on stations in Jamaica, the USA, Canada and the UK,” he said. “The visuals for ‘Crazy’, which was directed by Xtreme Arts, is expected to capture the imagination of music lovers worldwide.”
Turner said “Crazy” features Dance Xpressionz, a professional dance company, which, since its inception, has won over 20 medals and national trophies, and over 15 major awards, including Dance Group of the Year and Best International Dance Group.
“I feel very satisfied with this new track, and I am equally proud of the music video, which will help to further galvanize support for the song,” Stephens said.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jamaican music ambassador said he has been busy with various philanthropic projects – something he has enjoyed doing for the past 30 years.
He was a recent guest performer on events for the Ardenne Alumni Association (Atlanta); the Knox College Alumni (New York), the Godfrey Stewart Alumni (New York), and was a guest speaker and performer on “Celebrating the West Indian Spirit- Kitchen Table Talk,” a virtual event hosted by the American Friends of the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) that raised over US$40K for final year students at the University of the West Indies for academic year 2021-2022.
Other participants included former Prime Minister of Jamaica PJ Patterson; Angela Yee (The Breakfast Club radio personality & entrepreneur); Oliver Samuels (comedian, actor and playwright) and Lorraine Toussaint (actress, advocate and producer).
“I felt honored to have been invited by AFUWI to help raise funds for UWI students who desperately need assistance,” Stephens said. “These students will be the doctors, lawyers, engineers and nurses of tomorrow.”
You can watch the video at: https://youtu.be/XH4W_6sa-Po