Renowned Saint Lucian musician, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson, is making headway in the international entertainment industry by becoming the first Saint Lucian with voting rights at the Annual Grammy Awards.
Hinkson was recently selected as a judge for music’s biggest award show – the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, which he views not only as a great achievement for himself, but for all Saint Lucian musicians.
The professional guitarist said his achievement gives local musicians a greater profile internationally, noting that he is in the process of trying to get another Saint Lucian on board.
“I anxiously look forward to the day when I can vote a young St. Lucian as nominee and know that a young St. Lucian receives Grammy. I am really look forward to that day,” he said.
In 2013, Hinkson was considered for a Grammy award when he released his album, “This is my Life.”
‘We have to continue to work assiduously at proving what we are doing and be competitive with the rest of the world. And once we get there, I don’t doubt that it will happen to one of us eventually and I hope it is one of the young St. Lucians,” he added.
Born in St. Lucia and raised on a diet of Ellington, Davis, and Coltrane, Boo’s name is synonymous with St. Lucian music. His mother, who was also an accomplished guitarist, was his first teacher.
His musical career began with the Tru-Tones, a group he started in St Lucia, who commanded stages locally and internationally for two decades. Today, he is an exceptionally accomplished musician who has stayed true not only to his Jazz roots, but also to his West Indian culture.
Hinkson couples his appreciation of the old masters, with Contemporary Jazz, and Soca in his music and lyrics; and as a result his popularity has continued to spread.
He has a performance track record that includes international stages from the Caribbean, to the U.S. and Europe.