With its eclectic mix of soca, R&B, hip-hop and reggae along with choreographed contemporary dance moves Crossovah has created a new niche in entertainment. The group has managed to capture plenty of attention and hearts along the journey they call the Crossovah movement.
The Crossovah movement began when the now inseparable friends met at Timber Creek High School in Orlando, Florida. Ricardo Drue of Trinidad joined voices with Christopher "Criss" Grant of Jamaica to become members of a group called Diversity. After leaving the group they initially began Crossovah as a duo with Joshua "J-Rah" Jenkins of Barbados and Dave "Kupid" Richards of Antigua as dancers. Criss and Ricardo's sound and chemistry provided the foundation for the group which eventually evolved into a quartet after discovering their dancers could also rap.
These sons of the Caribbean crossed paths while adapting to life in the United States; they share a common passion for the music they experienced back in their respective islands and that of their new home. "We listened to reggae and soca at home with our parents and booty bass music when we were hangin' with our friends" explained Criss.
Crossovah quickly made a name for themselves in Orlando by opening concerts for popular artists such as Sean Kingston, Machel Montano, Dawgie Slaughter and Elephant Man. Impressed by their talent Dawgie Slaughter lent his vocals to "Come Follow Me" one of the several blazing tracks from their upcoming album. The group also caught the ears of top soca producers Peter Coppin, "Tempted to Touch" (Rupee) and Mastamind, "Don't Stop" (Shurwaye Winchester.) Coppin and Mastamind also contributed to the album producing "Legacy" and "We Like To Party" respectively.
Crossovah's four members are as exciting as dancers as they are vocalists. The buzz about their live show began spreading beyond their hometown leading to performances at Virginia's Carifest, Atlanta, the Miami Carnival and elsewhere. In 2007 the group traveled to Trinidad to enter the Groovy Soca Monarch competition making it to the semi-finals. "Hey Ladies," the group's debut video aired in over 20 countries on MTV Tempo.
Crossovah the movement created by the fusion of their cultures and heritage is as much American as it is Caribbean. The energy of carnival, the swagger of hip-hop, the appeal of R&B and the uplifting vibes of reggae all echo in Crossovah's unique brand of music.
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