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Standing firm

Vanessa Bling has high hopes for EP

BY SADE GARDNER
Observer writer
gardners@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Vanessa Bling is hoping to conquer charts with the release of her EP, Still Standing, which premieres tonight at Tracks & Records in St Andrew at 8:00pm.

“Listen, I put it out and send it out in Jesus name. I am looking for it to go number one on the Billboard and worldwide,” she told the Jamaica Observer. “It's the best project I've ever done and I'm excited.”

Still Standing is produced by New Yorker Madison and has six tracks, including 10 Bags which is out today.

The EP's title bears weight for the singer who has endured years of legal woes.

“I'm still standing after all I've been through in my career and personal life,” she said.

“I've been to court, I've been through a lot so I think it's (the name) perfect for me. I just decided to put it all in the music so you can hear.”

She started recording the set in January and drew inspiration from life experiences.

“It's really for everybody; the tracks on it is not what you would typically expect from Vanessa,” she said.

Vanessa Bling, given name Vanessa Saddler, has released EPs in the past under her previous moniker Gaza Slim. The Independent Ladies artiste was once part of the Portmore Empire which thrived under the leadership of its founder Vybz Kartel.

As Gaza Slim, she released Adidjaheim Records Presents Introducing Vanessa Bling As Gaza Slim in 2011, her first EP featuring Vybz Kartel. The nine-track set included the hits One Man and Anything A Anything.

Her Girl Boss EP followed in 2012 and featured he notable Everything Fi Hold Him.

But the flight to fame came with dark clouds.

Vanessa Bling spent more than one month at the Central Village Police Station and Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Facility after being charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice in the Vybz Kartel murder trial.

In 2014, Vybz Kartel, her former mentor, was sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. His case is now before the Court of Appeal and continues in the Half-Way-Tree Resident Magistrate court today.

Even though the charge against her was dropped in 2014, Vanessa Bling was hauled back in the case this year based on statements she made to the police in 2011. She claimed that Williams had robbed her after the date of his death.

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