IN a world that is more divided than ever before comes a song that calls for all voices to unite and be heard.
Singer/songwriter Tricia Lee Kelshall’s new track “The Tide” which she co-wrote with singer/guitarist Nigel Rojas soars above any other song she’s created in recent memory. Kelshall’s signature vocals and poetic lyrics along with Rojas’ electric guitar riffs combine to make “The Tide” unlike anything you have heard on the local music landscape. In fact Kelshall goes so far as to say that “The Tide” is one of her best works of art after her daughter.
In an interview with Kitcharee, the singer explains the deep, timely message behind “The Tide” and reveals what keeps her inspired during this Covid-19 crisis.
Both Kelshall and Rojas have wanted to work together on a song for a long while, she says.
“What I have always loved about Nigel is the passion in his writing because it mirrors mine, I write from a very passionate place,” she says.
While observing all necessary health protocols, both musicians, who have been in the entertainment industry for decades met to discuss which song they would collaborate on. “The Tide” spoke to Kelshall because it relates to the time in which we’re living.
Rojas wrote the song from a Covid-19 perspective but when adding her own lyrics to it, Kelshall reflected on other burning issues where people have tried to effect change, like human rights and other matters that are relevant to the world we’re living in. There are also some elements of this power ballad that speak to Kelshall on a personal level.
“This song is about saying enough is enough, it’s time for us to stand up for what we believe and be respected for our choices and our lives. The song is about letting everyone’s voices be heard. There are so many struggles that people are going through that are separate and apart from coronavirus. For example there are so many women and children suffering from trafficking, sexual and domestic abuse. There is the MeToo movement and Black Lives Matter movement. We are living in a time of enormous assessment of our collective and specific spaces in the world. If we bring our voices together collectively to say enough is enough, then we can effect change,” she says.
Kelshall has been in the entertainment industry for three decades. She’s been very fortunate; she is doing what she loves the most and has a supportive husband and daughter. But contrary to what some may think about her—that she’s this golden child with a gold spoon in her mouth....
Kelshall has had her fair share of personal challenges over the years. One of the most recent obstacles came quite unexpectedly months ago. Her husband Ralph Bynoe was supposed to join Kelshall and their daughter for a holiday in Trinidad in March but the closure of the borders has kept them apart for the past five months.
“This is not what I signed up for. But these circumstances have made me meditate more and become more in touch with who I am, what I want to say and what I want to leave behind and it has really given me a whole new perspective on creativity. Yes, as entertainers we all want to make our money but this situation has made me more creative when it comes to how I’m going to circumvent this space of deficit,” she says.
Kelshall has many projects on the back burner and she believes that despite the lull in the entertainment industry with the cancellation of concerts and tours, things will eventually fall into place. She looks to her daughter for inspiration.
“I want to show my daughter what perseverance and dream-weaving looks like—that’s what gets me up in the morning. I never want my daughter to see a woman defeated. I want her to see what it takes to be a strong woman, how hard it is to be resilient. My inspiration also comes from my own personal struggles I have endured throughout my life,” she says.
Kelshall is also cognisant that despite the difficulties of these past few months, spending this amount of time with her daughter and her parents has been a blessing. Her team of friends and producers, the likes of Martin Raymond, Walt Lovelace, Lee Aleong, Kevon Carter, Richard Achong and Nigel Rojas has also been like a wall of support.
The timeless musician is also confident that this time period will result in some of the best creative works the arts and entertainment industry has to offer.
“We have to evolve into this new era where our music and performances will be online, we’re all learning but it’s exciting to see how this will reshape our landscape. All of us are doing different things in our own ways but I think the change will make a fairer space,” she says.
For those who feel disempowered as a result of this crisis, Kelshall says it’s worth remembering that we are all in this together.
“This is a time where we need to harness all of our strengths, we are all walking through this strange moment in time together and that means we need to unite and help each other,” she says.