Neutral Sisters consists of two sisters Kyra and Bianca Noons.
Born in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya Africa, to an English
fatherand Jamaican mother. The
sister’s aspirations would be molded, as their father was a lead
performer in the world renowned musical“Hair” also starring the legendary JOAN ARMATRADING.
During the latter days of president Mzee Kenyatta reign, the
fighter, the sisters grew to the chanting and drumming sounds of
the MASAI warriors.
In 1980 the family moved to London and spent the next seven
years there before returning to Jamaica. The musical influences
at the time
came from a wide spectrum of sources. The likes of Marvin Gaye,
Madonna, Pink Floyd, Donna Summer, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley,Burning Spear, Jacob Miller would soon take hold. By the
time Neutral reached Jamaica in 1986 they were listening to the
sounds ofDennis Brown, Tony Rebel,
Buju Banton, JC Lodge, Half Pint, Freddie McGregor and other
reggae artists. The dancehall played quite aninfluence, as Neutral’s lyrics are conscious answers to
statements posed in dancehall lyrics. Neutral Sister’s voice
training came out
of church choirs in London and Montego Bay High School choir and
choirs in Houston Texas where they now reside.
In 1998 Neutral went into “Yard Sound” recording studio, owned
and operated by Orville Adams from KingstonJamaica, in Houston Texas.The
song “Live N Direct” was completed and immediately entered into
the National Billboard songwriters contest. The song won first
prizein the category pop and Neutral
were on their way. 1999 was a special year for Neutral as they
shared the stage with the likes of
Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Beres Hammond and Buju Banton. The
year 2000 started with a performance in the Bob Marley Festival
inHouston Texas. Neutral were
featured artists in Midem France, one of the largest music expos
in the world. In March they shared the
stage with Luciano in Negril on the Tropical Insanity tour, co-ordinated
by Walter Elmore, who was later instrumental inNeutral Sisters debut at Reggae Sumfest 2000.
They made an
impressionable impact whilst performing with the renowned rap
group “Bone Thugs and Harmony” along with reggae sensation
“Beenie Man” at the Aquasol production in Montego Bay Jamaica,
whichcreated a stir. In 2001 “Live N
Direct” generated so much interest that a relationship between
Neutral and various producers began.
With the prowess of “Pops” John Dowling: the vocal producer
extraordinaire at the helm of the UB 40 Studio, the“Dynamic Duo” Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespear on the
drums and base guitar as well as Robbie Lyn on the keyboard and
later on solo guitar. The album, has been mastered at Sugar Hill
Recording Studio in Houston Texas in 2001 into 2002. What
Neutralbrings to the music industry
is unique lyrics and has written and comprised all the melodies
and harmonies that have made the album
“Live N Direct” a heavy hitter.In
2002 Neutral gave a promising performance at Rebel Salute at
Port Kaiser Sports Club inSt.
Elizabeth Jamaica, in front of an audience of over 20,000
people. Neutral tributed their performance to the late Pele
Lanier, who was both their Manager and beloved friend.2003 was
the first ever Reggae Sumfest in Miami and Neutral Sisters werethe only roots reggae act involved in the lineup of Lady
Saw, Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man, Fat Joe, Lil’ Kim and others.
After playing Fitzgeralds, one of the longest most respected
live venues, Neutral caught the attention of The Houston Press
andwas the feature Cover story in the
July 17th-23rd volume 15 number 29 issue. This can be viewed at
they have performed at Club Live and the 2003 Caribbean
Festival, and others keeping the vibe live. Their last showwas at Fitzgeralds opening for legendary Third World
getting a huge response from The Houston massive. Neutral will
Austin and Dallas in September and October.
Neutral Sisters is captivating the music industry with
mind-boggling reality, so stay tuned for their upcoming release.
You won’t forget the name Neutral