KJAZZ UK is pleased to welcome from Tampa Bay Florida Bickley Rivera. Innovative nu-jazz & chill artist Bickley Rivera has quickly captured global interest since the release of “Chillin’ After Five” which features sweet sounds of steelpan and vocals in a trendy chill-out style. Bickley Rivera brings a fresh taste of Caribbean flair to the contemporary jazz scene with a unique instrument – the tenor steelpans.
Few steelpan artists have developed the Nujazz & Chill-out genre with this instrumentation, wrapping soothing velvet vocals in captivating style and blending them with the seductive tropical vibe of her primary instrument.
Since “Chillin’ After Five” was released, her music has been heard on national television on The USA’s Weather Channel’s forecast Bickley has reached listeners from all over the radio globe who have fallen in love with the smooth, relaxing vibes. Listener feedback to Bickley’s music includes…
“I have a strong passion for this artists music, it is so serene and touching, when feeling so low ”
“ Awesome sounding music that makes the man behind my eyes dance to the beat of the ear drums! ”
“ Reminds me of Andy Narell Music from Trinidad! ”
“ Great Samba Rhythm… makes me think I’m on holiday in the Caribbean ”
“ Great sound and vibe. Lets hear more of her! I like the jazzy Steelpan! ”
Bickley has commented“I was inspired to write these smooth jazz and chill-out songs because I knew that the steelpan had more to say than just island and Caribbean notes”. “I felt the instrument’s acceptance as a solo instrument had begun, but needed to be challenged and enhanced in other genres of music. More smooth jazz musicians, particularly female artists, have been moving up this trend and it’s really exciting times for us all. Music can truly be a universal language appreciated by the entire world now.” Bickley’s pre-release singles from the album, “Groovin’ In Rio”, was a regular feature on CBS’s WRCH 100.5FM radio in Southern New England and her single “Chillin’ After Five” is part of their Smooth Jazz programming.
KJAZZ Radio UK has featured the music of Bickley Rivera on all its shows. Steelpan is a unique instrument and Bickley is a unique musician and composer. We caught up with Bickley Rivera a few years back and interviewed her on KJAZZ UK. Bickley talked not only about her music but also about the way she approaches life and creates her music. Check it out by “clicking here”