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Singer Mavis John is the First lady of Caribbean Jazz and Soul. Mavis hails from the twin island of Trinidad & Tobago, but has Grenadian roots as well, and has been singing since the 70’s. Her first big hit was a duet done with then husband Dave Elcock titled “You Are What Love Is”. This song catapulted the duo into Caribbean Soul stardom.
Not long afterwards, Mavis moved into a solo career as Dave pursued other ventures. Her singing style and music genre underwent a transformation and she has emerged as a superb jazz performer. Mavis John’s new singing style has been likened to that of such jazz greats as Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba.
Mavis is now a much sought after jazz artist and she has already performed at a number of major jazz events in the Caribbean as well as North America. Earlier this year, Mavis appeared at the St.Vincent & The Grenadines Blues Festival with such mainstream performers as The Manhattans and Third World. In June 2003 she did the St. Kitts Music Festival sharing the stage and limelight with such acts like Ashanti, Shaggy, Jeffrey Osbourne and The Temptations review.
Mavis is a truly natural Caribbean talent who continues to hone her craft, producing emotional reactions from the patrons at all of her performances.
Mavis John will be the featured act at a special Mothers’ Day show at the Grand Baccus Banquet Hall, 2155 McNicoll Ave. in Toronto, on May 9th 2004. This will be Mavis’ first appearance in Canada.