When I think of Alison Hinds, several words come to mind: fierce, beautiful, sexy, motivated, hard-working (her accomplishments too numerous to mention). And of course, she is the SOCA QUEEN! Alison's loc inspiration post was actually the first one I did.
Alison was born in England of Barbadian parentage. And it was there she spent the early part of her childhood before emigrating to Barbados with her mum.
My first memories of this Barbadian powerhouse was when she performed at the graduation after-party at OUR secondary school - YES! She, too, attended CCFS! Represent!
Alison was one part of the Hinds-King duo that won the Barbados Song contest in 1992. I don't know how many people remember that moment or, that she is very much an R&B singer, too. Or, that she competed in the Richard Stoute teen talent contest. Those years have certainly flown by.
I do believe, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that she will always be remembered as lead vocalist of the first-class, world-toured soca band Square One. In 1996, she won the Road March title during our Crop Over/Kadooment carnival with Square One with the tune 'Ragamuffin'. The following year when she won the Party Monarch title with 'In the Meantime', Alison made history as being the only woman to have won both prestigious carnival titles. She and Square One are also well-known for their smash hit 'Faluma', taken off of their album 'Full Bloom'. This album garnered much success locally, regionally and internationally.
Alison's solo career has also been a journey to musical ascension. As her celebrity appeal grew, so did her solo career. And out of that move was born - The Alison Hinds Show - Alison's own band. Undoubtedly, one hit from her solo entertainment career has to be 'Roll It Gal'. This song moved through the regional carnival seasons as an empowering anthem; encouraging women to have pride in themselves and just get on with the task of being positive mothers, daughters, sisters, wives and members of our societies.
This celebrated wife and mother has won many awards and accolades. But to me, none can come close to her activism for such causes as AIDS awareness, abuse/violence against women and her work with organizations who lobby the rights of physically challenged and disabled children.
Loc'd and In-Charge - ALISON HINDS!