Category Archives: Talents

Makeba Alcide St Lucia personal trainer – and sports woman of the year

Makeba Alcide is personal trainer and former St Lucia national sports woman of the year who competes in the sport of track and field in the heptathlon.

Currently holds OECS and nation records in 60m/100m hurdles and heptathlon/pentathlon. I have represented St Lucia internationally and regionally. I have a bachelors degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Science). So I work as a personal trainer and help athletes with injuries. When I’m not burning up the track , I’m at the WinnersTV studio where I co-host a show- Youth Sport Express where we highlight young up and coming talent of our island.

Malcide121@gmail.com
IG: kebafly

Marie Claire Frederick Saint Lucia model impressive career

Before starting her full-time modelling business, American-St Lucian model Marie Claire Frederick engaged in a number of exciting corporate professional careers. Ultimately, her entrepreneurial spirit prevailed – and Luciagel is happy to feature her as a self-made businesswoman.

Born in the US, she spent her childhood in New Village, Castries. She attended the Anglican School and spent her summers in Dennery.

Marie Claire’s list of careers is a long one.

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Marie Claire Frederick Photo by: Jeff Tollefson

Her original background is in PR and Journalism. She wrote press releases on behalf of Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, for recipients of the Points of Light award.  She further worked as paralegal, dealing with foreclosures and workers’ compensation, and can still act as notary public! She also worked on immigration cases and is a keen sportswoman, including being a former gymnast.

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Marie Claire Frederick Photo by: Amanda Pratt

She recognises moving from the corporate world to her own modelling business entailed tradeoffs, such as being prepared to accept lower pay in the short run. But since she describes fashion as her passion, the choice was obvious. Now she manages her own career and markets herself via social media and other channels.

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Marie Claire Frederick Photo by: Jepha

Her modelling talent clearly made her choice easier. She prides herself with looking great in various outfits, from bridal to sportswear. Her work speaks for itself.

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Marie Claire Frederick Photo by: Allie Serrano

Cosmopolitan as her career may be, she is still proudly Saint Lucian and Caribbean: ‘My image was used in Unitransfer’s Haiti calendar. It holds special meaning as it couples my image with Creole language. One of my goals as a model is to work with companies that support my Caribbean cultural heritage, and the Unitransfer calendar image showcased that completely.’

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Marie Claire Frederick in Unitransfer calendar Photo by: Steven P. Widoff

She is always happy to visit Saint Lucia and is keen on working on improving her patois. She misses the connection with nature she feels when on the island, and hopes to return one day for to pursue business opportunities in St Lucia. Luciagel is happy to be able to make a tiny contribution to her endeavours.

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Marie Claire Frederick in Castries

Scouting /Booking / Networking Contact: marie.frederick@gmail.com

Instagram: mariefrederick89

Jonathan Mclennon St Lucia swimmer

I’m a national swimmer for St. Lucia. I enjoy the sport of swimming from racing to coaching and life guarding.

+17584619225, jaygims757@hotmail.com

I’ve held the national record in the 800 meters freestyle event and have gone on to becoming St. Lucia’s defending champion in the 5 km open water swim. I enjoy going to the beach , eating junk food , hanging out with close friends and loved ones. I love tacos and seafood. I am currently training to qualify for the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo believing that hard work pays off.

House Of Balloons

House Of Balloons is a trendsetting online store, offering our unique products and exceptional customer service to shoppers. We are a business made up of innovators and forward-thinkers, with the drive to constantly update and improve your celebration methods.

Rise to the occasion with us as we compliment every occasion with our balloons and accessories. We offer helium filled balloons, air filled balloons, balloon bouquets,balloon columns and arches, balloon decor and sculptures for all events. House Of Balloons also carries a few celebration accessories such as sashes, candles, pins, confetti, banners, hanging decor and much more!

We are also teamed up with a few of St. Lucia’s best Photographers to capture various photo shoots or events at discounted rates.

We can be contacted via Facebook/Instagram at House Of Balloons 758. Email us at houseofballoons758@gmail.com and call us on (758) 7267272.

The Face of Luciagel Rocheal presents herself and asks you to do the same: click Get featured!

Nineteen (19) year old Rocheal Philip may seem to be the average friendly teenager who enjoys music, dancing and the casual hangouts with friends, but there is so much more to this remarkable young lady. With a larger-than-life personality sketched with bright coloured crayons, she emits love, thoughtfulness and strength.

During her years at the Choiseul Secondary School, Rocheal engaged in poetry and drama, but it was sports that held her heart. She represented her school in Track & Field and Netball and through this exposure to inter-secondary school athletics, Rocheal experienced first-hand the benefits of physical activity. Year after year her love for sports grew, birthing an undeniable passion for fitness.

Not one to shy away from new challenges, Rocheal dabbled in modelling with Nicholas Modelling Fashion Agency (NMFA) and fire dancing with the Saint Lucia Local Fire Dancers. Though she enjoyed the experiences and welcomed, with open arms, all the challenges each brought before her, it was fitness training she wholeheartedly longed for. Soon her time came and her wish was granted.

Following her successful CXC studies, Rocheal went on to pursue personal training in England in 2014. She joined the Whitely Onform Personal Training fitness club where her programme extended to include boxing as well as track & field. This intense bootcamp was hosted by soldiers of the British Army who were pleasantly surprised at the determination this young lady possessed. She was endowed with an unwavering zeal to succeed and to push beyond all limits. Rocheal’s fortitude brought her great recognition among her fellow trainees and trainers, so much so that she became the “face of London exercising” when she was placed on the cover of OP DETOX fitness e-book.

Upon her return to St. Lucia in 2016, with all her fitness training and accomplishments in England, Rocheal had her eyes set on a new target – Bodybuilding. On August 27th, 2016, after only a month of preparation, she represented the Sidonie Brothers Gym at the St. Lucia Amateur Bodybuilding & Fitness Association (SLABBFA) competition in the Bikini Body category. Although placing fourth in the competition, Rocheal was not disheartened. If anything, she was more determined for she saw this loss as a wakeup call to work harder, to push further and to be more focused than ever. She has decided to participate again in 2017 but in the Women’s Physique category – a more competitive class.

With an attitude of gratitude and a spirit of optimism, Rocheal Philip epitomises ambition, passion and strong will. A powerful individual who swears by the phrase “I’m a big deal,” Rocheal is adamant that the most important thing a girl wears is her confidence.

Allen Cherry- Book Your Shoot!

My name is allen Chery and I’m currently a photographer at sandals grande. My journey in photography began in 2012, I was in need of a job after being unemployed for a long time. As time went by, using my time to polish on my skill as a photographer at sandals I saved up enough money to get my own camera. I’ve shot a few event sis as omg fest, denmin & diamond and imperial. I’ve also shot a few model shoots as well as engagement, maternity, family and also weddings. My goal is to continue to grow in the art of photography.
With every photo taken…. you feel like you’ve been apart of that moment.

Micheal robinson- so full of vibes!

A young man of undeniable talent and charm, Michael Robinson has his eyes set on becoming one of the greatest vocalists that the Caribbean has ever produced. Born into a family of musicians, Michael developed a love for music and effortlessly found his voice in more ways than one. At an early age he discovered his passion and talent to match and so began his journey to stardom.

Michael started performing as a backup singer at his family church, Streams of Power Ministries on Waterworks Road, Castries, St. Lucia. His spiritual background and strong family ties have molded him into a gentleman beaming with humility and gratitude which keep him grounded along his journey.

In 2007 he was pushed out of his comfort zone to open for gospel sensation Mary Mary at GosFest. The voice was now in great demand and he soon began serenading at pageants, performing at weddings and competing at Youth Fest where he emerged victorious. Michael’s career began taking shape in 2011 when he started working with notable St. Lucian producers to professionally record his music. The result was Michael receiving his due recognition for his star quality crooning. Local radio stations included his music on their playlists with each song landing a spot in the top 3 amongst locally produced music on countdowns.

Michael continued to expand his repertoire, producing more original music. He spent the second half of 2013 creating and releasing four hit songs; ‘Caribbean Way’, ‘Who Feels It Knows It’- tribute to slain friend, Chereece Benoit, ‘Island Love’ featuring St. Lucian beauty and songstress, Aiasha, and a cover of ‘The Christmas Song’. The genres range from pop to R&B and each nabbed the number one spot on local charts.

In 2014, Michael continued to satisfy his fans with a cover of John Legend’s ‘All of Me’, the release of ‘Frenzy’ which was number one on local charts, and his first groovy dance-hall hit ‘Make You Mine.’ Also in 2014, one year after performing backup on the main stage, Michael performed at various Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival events as a lead vocalist, with his very own main stage Jazz performance, backed up by two musical icons, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson and Barbara Cadet. November of that same year, he was fortunate to share the stage and perform with Jamaican sensation, Tanya Stephens at OMG Fest and had the pleasure of serenading the Queen of Bacchanal, Destra Garcia for her birthday. Up to this day, Michael has collaborated with fellow St. Lucian entertainers, and has proven he is not afraid to experiment with musical genres as he was crowed favorite and got a tremendous reception every time he took the stage with soca artist and DJ Sirlancealot for performances of their popular 2015 Groovy track “Hooray” during St. Lucia Carnival. The people desired more from Michael, so he opened up 2016 with his 3 rd release off his up-coming album called “Living life” which has created a resounding buzz throughout the island & region. In April, Michael featured Grenadian artist “Mr.Killa” on his 4th release off his project. Of course, with the Saint Lucia Festival around the corner, Michael Robinson was in high demand. In May of 2016, Michael was ready to set the stage at the Opening of Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival headlined by dancehall artist from Jamaica, Mavado . He was also awarded his time to shine and spread his feel good music at Pigeon Island Landmark, where he performed before the last act of the evening, Kassav. When you thought performing at two of the biggest stages at the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival was enough, the sensational singer took his amazing energy to Fire Grill Jazz, Tapas On The Bay & Tea Time Jazz .

We can expect so much more from this rising star in years to come. He has been featured in local and regional media and performed regionally at the Barbados ‘Cooler Jazz’ launch. The word has surely gotten out about Michael Robinson and this is only the beginning. Michael continues tirelessly to put in the work and is currently working on a music video for his unreleased single off his upcoming Album called “SHADES” This project which feature local, regional and international artistes, to be released soon

Michael is intent on making music that inspires others and makes them feel good. If you asked him he would tell you he is human being first; one who feels what others feel and can identify with their moments of joy, sorrow, heartbreak and triumph. He believes in his dreams and that of others, as is reflected in his work with a local charity named Our Future.

With a voice that soothes and music that grooves, Michael Robinson is certainly the artiste to watch. MR. Music has arrived…

Twitter and Instagram : Officialmrmusic                                            Snapchat : Mrmusic758                                                                                                    FaceBook : Micheal Robinson SLU

 

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Kiz is here to make you a believer !

Kyle Warrell, professionally known as Kiz, began his musical journey in early 2013, writing music, recording demos as KDUBB and covering other popular music. Deciding to journey further, Kiz has stepped forward with his songwriting and singing capabilities and is now ready to release sure-fire music from his own original collection. With a goal to show just how diverse Saint Lucian music really is, Kiz is here to make you a believer.

Having performed in the earlier part of 2016 during the Saint Lucia Jazz And Arts Festival, and, armed with a fiery catalogue of self-written music, Kiz is set to release two brand new singles in early 2017 entitled “Foreplay” and his first ever Soca single “Fire Waist.”

This young and extremely talented singer, songwriter and performer promises a lot more music in the future!

To coonect with Kiz, follow him @Kizmusic758 on all social media platforms (FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter)

Meet His Majesty – Arthur Allain

 

Mr. Elijah “Arthur” Allain, two time Groovy Monarch of St. Lucia as well as Lead Vocalist and band-leader of the band EvaLucian, and school teacher, is without doubt an exemplary youthful figure in St. Lucia.

Arthur’s professional music career stretches back to early 2008, which birthed his introduction to live band performances with the Matrix band. He continued to develop his craft over the years and in September of 2013, Arthur alongside two of his former students at Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School founded the now popular EvaLucian band. The band has served as acts on major shows such as Youthfest 2013, the 2014 SLAM concert, St. Lucia Jazz & Arts festival Opening 2014 & 2015, Soufriere Jazz, Jazz at Baywalk, Teatime Jazz, S.O.S., Rev Up with Burning Flames, amongst many others.

Arthur achieved his first major musical accolade in 2013, when he stunned all in attendance with a memorable performance of his hit song “Jumping Alone” which obtained him the 2nd place prize in the Groovy Monarch competition, after only his second attempt at the title. St. Lucia Carnival 2014, saw Arthur’s career reach its pinnacle, when he was able to capture the coveted title of Groovy Monarch 2014 with his self-produced and co-written track “Numb. Arthur repeated the feat of capturing the Groovy Monarch title again in 2015 with the song “Who I am #WestIndian”, a song paying homage to all Caribbean people. The song was accompanied by an official music video as well as a lyric video. In 2016, Arthur created history by becoming the first artiste to win the coveted title for a third consecutive time, with the song “Dat Beat”.

Arthur has served as an opening act for international artistes such as Machel Montano, Jah Cure, Munga, The O’Jays, Kassav and R. Kelly. In May of 2013, Arthur also had the distinguished privilege of opening up the final day of the main stage St. Lucia Jazz festival, sharing the same stage as the legendary O’Jays and R&B sensation R. Kelly.

In his spare time Arthur loves to play the keyboard, bass and guitar, and write and produce music. A musically blessed son, his aspirations are to break the international barrier and produce captivating music that will catch the ears of listeners all over the world.

The 3 time groovy monarch can be contacted via his social media pages:
Instagram: @arthurlucian01
Twitter: @arthurlucian
Facebook: Arthur Allain