OnWednesday, November 7th, 2018, Ent-Reeg Records and Outtaspace Entertainment recording artist Vanessa Blingwill kick off her first US promo tour, traveling across the southeast in support of her latest EPStill Standing. The project, released September 18 and already well received and supported by reggae fans, made it’s debut on Billboard’s “Top Reggae Albums” chart last week at the numbernine positionand has since gained one spot, currently sitting atnumber eight.
The success of the EP’s first single “10 Bags,” which currently sits atop Digital Radio Tracker’s “Top 150 Independent Airplay” chart, shows thatVanessa Bling‘s crossover ready sound is already reaching beyond the Reggae world.
En-Treeg Records and OuttaSpace Entertainment are proud to announce the release of Vanessa Bling‘s most intimate and personal project to date. Released today, Still Standing is a collection of six tracks that embodies every facet of who the artist formerly known as Gaza Slim has grown into: a determined business woman, a vulnerable lover and above all else, a survivor. Click here to listen to Still Standing. Along with the new EP, Vanessa Bling delivers the visual for the project’s first single, “10 Bags.” The high energy video showcases Vanessa as various interpretations of the tough talking boss chick whose diceptively sweet vocals flow over the “Bookshelf” riddim inspired track before demanding in no uncertain term that her opposition “run her check.” [Click here to watch “10 Bags.”] With songs like the melow, inspirational “Broken Heart” and the upbeat global vibes of “What To Do” standing in sharp contrast with the single, Still Standing paints a complete picture of who Vanessa Bling has become over the course for the last few years. In 2011, just months after her mentor Vybz Kartel‘s single “Clarks” catapulted Vanessa Bling and fellow newcomer Popcaan onto international airwaves, the Kingston native found herself embroiled in a high-profile legal ordeal that would take nearly three years to resolve. Standing accused of “perverting the court of justice” or interfering in Vybz Kartel’s murder trial, Vanessa would spend a total of six weeks between Kingston’s Central Village Police Station and the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Facility before finally being granted bail. For the next three years, she found herself unable to travel and barely wanting to record music. Once the charges were released in 2014, Vanessa Bling set out her mind to do whatever it takes to regain her positionon the international stage. Still Standing makes that return official.
In 2014, Vanessa Bling was one of dancehall’s most promising young starlets, earning Jamaica Star’s People’s Choice Awards for “Female Artist Of The Year” and “Most Selling Female Artist.” Under the wing of reggae super star Vybz Kartel, Vanessa Bling also toured the world, appearing on stages from Germany to Israel and all across the Caribbean. It all came to a halt when she was arrested alongside her mentor in 2014.
Following the tumultous legal ordeal, Vanessa Bling took a break from the world of music to regroup. Cardi B’s use of Vanessa Bling’s “Everything Fi Hold Him” catapulted the singer back into the spotlight and she took that as a sign to give her fans what they had been asking for: new music.
After collaborating with Marcus Records and producer Marcus Myrie (son of dancehall legend Buju Banton) on a series of well received songs, Vanessa Bling is once again ready to fly on her own. “The song “Freedom” was my opportunity to tell my story,” she says. “Not just to get some closure on the situation for myself, but also to offer hope and encouragement to anyone else who might be going through a similar situation.”
Currently signed to Outtaspace Entertainment and managed by En-Treeg Records, Vanessa Bling is well on her way back to the top.