Feisty Gal EP
Shanty B
Fat Eyes Productions
Digital Release
August 14, 2015

Track list
  1. Hol' A Bubble
  2. Mr Bojangles feat. Queen Ifrica & U-Roy
  3. Sweet Ina Mi Corn
  4. Don't You Feel Like Crying feat. Richie Stephens
  5. Feisty Gal
  6. Herb Tree
  7. Do It
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Singjay, songwriter, actress and film editor Shanty B (born Belinda Mercado Reid) grew up in the cool hills of Rock Hall, St. Andrew, a community best known for some of Jamaica's most successful recording artists like Pinchers, Spanner Banner, Pliers and Richie Spice. So far she has released several singles, few of which have been receiving rotation on the radio and in the dance halls. She has also teamed up with Anthony B on a collaboration entitled "Tickle Me", which came out on the Free Willy label. After that she recorded songs such as her modest 2007 hit "Oh Boy", "Go Wuk Fi Dat", "Climb Up On Him/Hug Up On Him" on the "Beach" riddim and "Gangster Girl", the latter two for the Fat Eyes label. Her most recent recordings include "Hol' A Bubble", "Mr. Bojangles", "Voice Of One", "Fiesty Gal" and "Do It", which have generated some attention from the local and international massive.

Although the last few years have brought her ups and downs, mainly downs where the music was concerned, she finally has began to knock on the right doors and some of them began to open. One such is Fat Eyes Productions where she is doing work under the supervision and direction of Grammy Award producer/engineer Lynford 'Fatta' Marshall. Besides that she has also done work for several of the top producers in Jamaica including the legendary Sly & Robbie of Taxi Records.

With a voice that can been described as sultry, sexy, different and unique, she makes a decent impression on any kind of riddim as is fully showcased on this debut EP. The first track, the March 2014 released single "Hol' A Bubble", comes across Fat Eyes' "Lovers Race" riddim, an updated rub-a-dub version of Barrington Levy's "Prison Oval Rock". It's not only a song about people enjoying themselves in the dance hall, listening to the music and 'hol' a bubble', but also about the non-segregation of the music. Next comes a new version of Queen Ifrica's "Mr Bojangles" from 2007, now featuring U Roy and Shanty B. It's a solid effort underpinned by a sweet well-known riddim that is probably best known from Beres Hammond's "Feel Like". However the first version of this riddim was from "Your Love" by Larry & Alvin for Studio One. Later on it was also referred to as Larry Marshall's "Captivity" and then Dona V's "Lady Pullover". And the sweet reggae vibes keep on coming with the lovers piece "Sweet Ina Mi Corn", a very entertaining tune on a familiar sounding riddim. The powerful voice of Richie Stephens joins Shanty B on "Don't You Feel Like Crying", a nice rendition of Solomon Burke's "Cry To Me" (probably best known from the soundtrack of the "Dirty Dancing" movie). The title track, the Frenchie produced single "Feisty Gal" on the "Clash Of The Titans" riddim, brings in some real dancehall excitement. Old skool dancehall vibes come with 'me feel to plant another "Herb Tree"' on Fat Eyes' 1997 version of Lester Sterling & Sound Dimension's "African Beat" riddim. Big tune fi real!! With "Do It" the listener is treated to hardhitting yardcore dancehall.

All in all Shanty B delivers a satisfying 7 track debut EP.