Meet Claude Fontaine, the Woman Reviving Classic Reggae Sounds

Claude Fontaine is the newest artist in the Innovative Leisure lineup. Her music is a unique mixture of steamy vocals following along to musical sounds reminiscent of reggae from the 1970’s.

Her debut comes in the form of this track, “Cry for Another.” The track is her first with Innovative Leisure and was recorded at Chet Baker’s Hollywood Studio with iconic musicians Tony Chin (Althea and Donna, King Tubby, and Dennis Brown), Rock Deadrick (Ziggy Marley), Ronnie McQueen (Steel Pulse), and Jaime Hinckson (Hollie Cook, and Daniel “Bambaata” Marley).

She said about this track, “‘Cry For Another’ is about the feeling when someone is slipping through your fingers, and even though you know that person may not be right, you’re still pining for more. Possibly to remind yourself of why they’re wrong for you, or perhaps to remember what you’re going to miss.”

Fontaine is based out of LA and her work is more than an homage to classic reggae; it’s a love song to music of eras passed. In addition to Chin, Deadrick, McQueen, and Hinckson, Fontaine also worked in the studio with Airto Moreira– the legendary Brazilian drummer who’s worked with artists such as Miles Davis, Astrud Gilberto, Chick Correa, and Annette Peacock– as well as Andre De Santanna, Gibi Dos Santos, Nando Duarte, and Fabiano Do Nascimento.

Her debut album will be out later this year. About the record she said:

“I hope this record will transport people. I want it to feel like those lost records, like it got lost in the dusty bottom bin of some world music store in London because that’s how I felt when I walked in to that record store. I want it to be its own world.”

By Antonio Villasenor-Baca

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