Jamaican reggae fusion singer-songwriter Diana King released her new album AgirLnaMeKING on Tuesday, the same day she celebrated her 41st birthday.
King's new album was released on her own record label ThinkLikeAgirL Music and her latest work is set give her fans and music lovers an insight into her life and her contemporary yet deep-rooted Jamaican style.
I have always believed in staying true to myself, as an artist and as a person, these new songs are 'imperfectly perfect' and they take you on a musical journey and show my versatility King said via a press release.
And stay true King did.
On AgirLnaMeKING, she continued to fuse her Jamaican dialect with Reggae, R&B, Soul, Dance and Pop. This unique trademark is what made King stand out as an artist when she recorded her first hit single Shy Guy, which was co-written and produced by Andy Marvel from her debut album Tougher Than Love. That single was a hit on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 13 and certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Shy Guy, which sold five million singles worldwide, also reached No. 2 on the UK Singles chart and No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.
The song was listed on the soundtrack for the 1995 film Bad Boys.
AgirLnaMeKING began as a journey toward healing for King who has overcome her fight with multiple sclerosis. The disease threatened to end her career, but King fought and immersed herself in writing and producing music, which she found therapeutic and inspiring.
King went on to receive ProTools certification and built a home studio. Then in 2010, she launched her label ThinkLikeAgirL Music.
AgirLnaMeKING has a collection of 13 songs that were narrowed down from 100 of which King wants to share.
The lead single is called YU DUN KNO (which means You Already Know) and it features Indian artist GUNJAN. It is the only track on the album that is co-written and co-produced by King, Handel Tucker and Paul Kastick. This single brings together a mixture of King's Jamaican, African and Indian heritage.
Music was my therapy and I spent every waking minute in the studio, firstly as a way to distract myself from what I was feeling physically, but by the time I came up for air I had written over a hundred songs and I felt great! King said.
King compares herself to a long distance runner and said AgirLnaMeKING is her 'second wind'
I know it's been a long time since my last album and it's been challenging to say the least, but I appreciate your patience and I am humbled by your loyalty, because there's no me without you, King said to her fans.