Tanya Stephens opens Behind The Screen with a bang

Published: Thursday | July 12, 2012 Comments 0
Tanya Stephens sings to the audience during the Guinness-sponsored Behind The Screen series held at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records on Tuesday. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
Tanya Stephens sings to the audience during the Guinness-sponsored Behind The Screen series held at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records on Tuesday. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
Full house at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records for raunchy, classy performance
Full house at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records for raunchy, classy performance
Tanya Stephens opens Behind The Screen with a bang
Tanya Stephens opens Behind The Screen with a bang

Davina Henry, Staff Reporter

Tanya Stephens, the first artiste in the 'Behind The Screen' series, did not disappoint the packed audience that turned out at the Tracks and Records lounge to see her in action on Tuesday night.

At minutes to 11 p.m., Stephens was introduced onstage by MC Jodi 'Jinx' Stewart-Henriques.

From start till finish, Stephens had the audience at the Guinness and The Gleaner-sponsored event thoroughly entertained.

She launched into her extensive catalogue and thrilled the audience with songs such as Boom Wuk, Good Ride, What's Your Story and Can't Breathe.

Throughout her set, Stephens interacted well with the audience and had them in fits of laughter throughout.

Stephens also urged patrons to support the bar. "I don't like singing to sober people," she joked.

Celebrating her 39th birthday recently, Stephens announced that she had earned the right to be and say anything as long as it doesn't encroach on anyone's space.

She then launched into more songs and then asked the men who needed to be rescued from their present girlfriends and spouses to raise their hands. Only two men dared, much to the amusement of the crowd.

Stephens then launched into To The Rescue, After You, and Tek Him Back.

Stephens told The Gleaner she had fun performing live.

"I speak on behalf of myself and the band, we really had fun. The good thing is that we not only play together, but we're actually friends so it was really enjoyable. The crowd was a nice crowd and we loved it. This is a good series, keep it going, support di ting," Stephens told The Gleaner.

Stephens finished her set with These Streets and It's a Pity, which had the audience singing along word for word.

Promoter of the Behind The Screen series, Sharon Burke, told The Gleaner she expects the series to grow.

"I expect it to grow very much. Next week we're going to be featuring Beenie Man, the following week Konshens and after that Romain Virgo," she said.

Burke pointed out that fans can also look out for more artistes in the series, such as Protoje, Assassin and Bounty Killer.

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