*All photos courtesy of Elaine Shepherd
Elaine “Lil Bit” Shepherd is one of Canada’s best reggae singers in the music industry today. Born in Bahrain and raised in Vancouver BC, this soulful songstress won the 2011 Juno Award for Best Reggae Recording for “Likkle But Mi Tallawah” and was nominated again in 2013 for the same award for “Move Ya”. Her smooth, silky vocal style combined with sweet reggae rhythms continues to capture the hearts of many across the world. In fact, Elaine has shared the stage with reggae veteran Junior Reid, Biggz General (Bob Marley’s grandson), Dax Lion and Skibu Foster (just to name a few).
Her lover’s rock song, “Sweet Love”, from her debut album “Move Ya” is one of our all-time favorites. We got a chance to chat with Elaine before she left for her Toronto/Jamaica tour about the story behind the “Sweet Love”:
“Believe it or not, “Sweet Love” was created on the fly. My manager /best friend Carrie Mullings and I went down to FullASound studios in Toronto to pick through some riddims they had been producing because we discussed doing a track with them. We listened to a few riddims and came across one that was so catchy. Right away, I just started singing the hook:
“My sweet love … never will I let you go … boy you know I need you so.”
It was one of those spontaneous moments, where the lyrics and melodies just popped into my head at once. Carrie and the guys thought it sounded awesome, but we were like, “Okay we need verses now”. This is when Carrie mentioned a poem she had written years ago. So she wrote it out and I chopped the lyrics, put melody to them and that was it!
And now it is one of the favorites of my fans and supporters. It’s definitely one of my favorites as well, and I am so pleased to be able to have another co-write with Carrie. She also co-wrote my song, “Whatever”.”
Sometimes, the most magical moments produce the best music. For Elaine “Lil Bit” Shepherd this sure was the case.
What do you think of “Sweet Love”? Comment below!