TORONTO-based singer Tanya Mullings is confident she will take home the JUNO Award for Reggae Recording of the Year on April 1. She is nominated for the song, Rescue Me, which was co-produced by Dean Pond and Maurice Gregory of Third World. The other nominees in the category are Luciano and Dubmatix for Seeds of Love and Life; Jay Douglas for Lover’s Paradise, Steele for Woman; and Esco Levi for Bleaching Shop.
The ceremony is scheduled for the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. Although she has won several awards in Canada, Mullings has not had any luck were the JUNO, Canada’s version of the Grammy Awards. This is her sixth nomination since 1993. She told the Observer that she is confused as to why she has not yet won.
“It’s kinda hard to understand why there has been past nominations where you didn’t win, I do believe you can’t win all the time but when the winners turn to you and say ‘this should have been yours Tanya’ it leads you to question who does make the final decision,” she said.
While some Canadian reggae acts have a difficult time connecting with Jamaican reggae fans, Mullings does not believe that is the case with her.
“I personally feel I get support from Jamaica but I think where Jamaica is concerned an artiste has to be in the island promoting his/her music. As the saying goes outta sight, outta mind,” she explained.
The daughter of late producer/promoter Karl Mullings, Tanya was born in Canada and has been recording and performing for more than two decades.
She cites her father, Alton Ellis, keyboardist Jackie Mittoo, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Cynthia Schloss, Hopeton Lewis and Jay Douglas, as major influences. Mullings has won various industry awards in Canada including 14 Canadian Reggae Music Awards as well as seven Caribbean Crucible Awards.
Currently working on her fifth album, the singer also hosts the Tanya Mullings Show on DaFlavaRadio.com.