Hence the choice of dancehall-soulstress Cherine as our cover star. As we all know by now, this supremely talented artist is not only a passionate and extremely proactive performer, she's also a fiercely independent and rebellious soul with a great big heart for worthy causes like the annual breast cancer awareness campaign and her own Reach One foundation. In her musical life, we've long admired her tendency to transform and dazzle while refusing to be pigeon-holed, a quality shared by several of the personalities we plan on saluting this month.
That includes the likes of Chronixx, reggae's new poster boy for fiery testimonials, and singer-songwriter Stephanie, who is pushing back against expectations of what it means to be an independent artist striving to leave an indelible mark in the industry. Then there are the veterans with buzzworthy new albums on the way (Sanchez, Konshens, Shaggy) and the rising stars (Sean Lypher, Rondell Positive) with something noteworthy to say.
What they all have in common is an admirably pragmatic approach to their craft combined with realistic viewpoints and a willingness to come to the fore and lead by example.