St Ann, Jamaica: Singer Abby Dallas Talks Rebel Salute 2020 – Koffee was the breakout artist at Rebel Salute 2018. The reggae rising star, who was introduced by Cocoa Tea, was on stage for less than 10 minutes but was able to make an immediate impact. Today her single ‘Toast’ has racked up over 100 million views on YouTube and is on the playlist of just about every radio station from Kingston to Kenya, Qatar to Kansas City and hundreds of others in between. ‘Toast’ was listed as a favorite of US president Barack Obama last year and powered her Grammy nomination in the Reggae category.
When the curtain fell at Rebel Salute 2020 at Grizzly’s, Plantation Cove in St. Ann on Sunday morning, fans were hailing reggae singer Abby Dallas, Montimer, Chi Ching Ching, African sound system selector Dynamq (Dynamic) who floored Jack Scorpio and Steven Blake aka the ‘Pastor of the Dancehall’ as the young standout performers at the two-day festival that featured Steele Pulse, Toots Hibbert, Sanchez, Flougon, Lone Ranger, Richie Spice, The Meditations, Lady G, George Nooks, Anthony B, Bobi Wine, Queen Africa, Tony Rebel, Beenie Man and others. Like Koffee, Dallas’ performance was short but she engaged fans with her incredible vocals that were on full display on songs ‘From My Heart,’ ‘Your Love’ and her current single ‘Rude Boy Loving.’
“I knew I wanted to make a big first impression performing on Rebel Salute. It is an opportunity of a lifetime” the bubbly singer confessed.
“I did a lot of rehearsals to prepare for this moment. I was truly encouraged by Koffee’s debut two years ago. It inspired me to make the best use of this opportunity. I also wanted to make an impact, fashion wise so I engaged the services of Balla, the designer for Capleton who created a unique outfit that stood out from everyone else” she shared.
The gifted songwriter and music arranger rose to prominence in 2012 as the youngest artist to win the annual JCDC Festival song competition. Her services were soon sought after to perform as background vocalist for Diana King, Tanya Stephens and Queen Ifrica. She has also done session work for Shaggy, Dean Fraser, Mavado and Yellowman.
“I get frequent comparisons to Diana King and Queen Ifrica which is a huge compliment. I also love Beyonce. She is an extraordinary talent. She works hard and puts so much into each performance. I really admire her” Dallas stated.
In 2015 she released her debut EP ‘Destined’ with hit songs ’12 Months of Summer’, ‘He’s Just Not into You’ and ‘From My Heart.’ She recently released ‘Your Love’ and the saucy ‘Rude Boy Loving’ which is getting traction on local and overseas stations. Both songs will be included on a soon to be released EP titled ‘Extraordinary.’