6. Alison Amanda Hinds
Alison Amanda Hinds is a British-born female soca artist based in Barbados. She is one of the most popular soca singers in the world and has been given the nickname the “Queen of Soca”. Alison Hinds was born in London and grew up in Plaistow. Both of her parents were from the island of Barbados, her father a worker at Ford’s Dagenham plant. When she was aged 11 her parents split up and she migrated to Barbados with her mother.
She competed in the Richard Stoute teen talent contest in 1987, finishing third. She was a lead vocalist in the popular band Square One, joining in 1987 and recording several albums with the band before leaving in 2004 after her daughter Saharan was born. She won the Barbados Song Contest in 1992 with the duet with John King “Hold You in a Song”, and the Road March in 1996 and 1997 and Party Monarch competition in Barbados in 1997.
Currently Alison Hinds lives with her family, husband Edward Walcott and daughter, on a privately owned horse farm, which her husband manages, in Barbados. She has her own band, “The Alison Hinds Show”, formed in 2005, with Hinds the main singer and most of the other members of the band young dancers and musicians. After returning to music with a vocal contribution to a remix of Kevin Lyttle’s “Turn Me On”, she returned to the soca scene with the hit song “Roll It Gal,” which praises women’s independence in lyrics about female empowerment.
The song was a huge hit throughout the Caribbean, and was released in the UK in 2007 to coincide with the release of her début album. She also recorded a collaboration with Machel Montano for the remix of “Roll It Gal” On 11 November 2011