Marcia Griffiths is considered the standard-bearer of female singers from Jamaica and its most consistent hitmaker.
Griffiths’ enduring presence is an inspiration to Terri Lee Taylor, a Jamaica native who now lives in the District and who just released her debut single, “Waiting.”
Taylor, a singer and songwriter, has her hooks in modern dancehall, R&B and soul.
At the age of 20, she is not shy about stating her goal to dominate the Caribbean, American and world music industries.
“Bob Marley definitely paved the way for all of us,” Taylor notes of the reggae legend whose distinctive voice and groundbreaking songwriting has inspired multiple generations of fans and artists.
“He is one I listen to every day,” Taylor added.
She is quick to note that Jamaica gave birth to many other hitmakers who continue to inspire her and many others.
“There is Koffee, Shenseea, Lila Ike,” Taylor remarked, listing the names of other successful Jamaican songstresses she is inspired by and perhaps one day may duet alongside.
Taylor’s “Waiting” is as direct as it is smooth.
“Are you on me, as I’m on you?” Taylor croons on the track with a catchy beat serving as part of the draw. “Do you know what’s good? Trying to see if you follow through. What you want from me, I can give it to you … Waiting, waiting, waiting.”
Taylor said she wrote the lyrics, which she called easy to do after coming up with the melody.
“The song is me looking for a confirmation about what this person wants to do,” Taylor explained. “I’m into him; he says he’s into me, so….”
With an independent distribution deal, Taylor said she’s ready for the world with her music.
“I’ve received a lot of positive feedback,” stated Taylor, who shouted out the three “beautiful Black women” who she grew up with – her mother, grandmother, and aunt.
“Every since I started singer, this [releasing a record] has been a dream,” Taylor exclaimed. “But, this is the year I finally stepped out of my comfort zone.”
The single can be purchased on several platforms, including Amazon.com.