Judy Boucher is a Vincentian singer who began singing alongside her brother as part of the popular dance band, Judy Jack and the Beanstalks. She arrived in the UK in the mid 60s. Boucher performed around South East England with the band, until she retired from singing to raise a family.
Felix Da Silva, a friend of Boucher’s enticed her back into the studio. Da Silva arranged recording sessions with Sony Roberts. Boucher’s first sol song ‘Dreaming of a Little Island’, was a hit in the reggae charts in 1985. This single also became the Jamaica Tourist Board’s theme tune. Da Silva was encouraged by the commercial success of her first few songs, and decided to produce her debut album, ‘Can’t Be With You Tonight’. The song briefly entered the UK Top 100 album chart in 1987. The single, with the same title, crossed over to mainstream and peaked at no.2 in the UK for four weeks. It also charted across Europe, including Ireland, France and Greece. The single is probably her best known single and really transformed her career. With this single she became the first female from the Caribbean to have the longest stay in the National chart, with 14 weeks. She was named 2nd in the 25 most influential Vincentian songs at the Silver Jubilee Independence Anniversary.
Boucher followed the album with the release of ‘You caught My Eye’, which was an equally successful Top 20 hit. Following this Boucher kept a relatively low profile until 1995. She recorded Doris Day’s, ‘Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)’. The single reached a comfortable position on the reggae charts. This was followed by an equally popular song, ‘Stick Around’.
Judy Boucher continues to maintain a high profile in the big people’s chart with her style of ‘easy listening’ lover’s rock. Boucher’s Belgian tour was one of the highlights of her career, she performed in front of 40,000 people. They chanted her name, holding lighted candle as she sang. Boucher was also a massive hit in South Africa. She visited but was unable to perform due to the boycott at the time. Judy Boucher was also asked to tour Swaziland, Namibia and several other African countries. She also appeared on TV and radio and in clubs. The response was overwhelming. She was flooded with gifts such as animal, gold and clothes. Boucher is an incredible R&B and reggae artist and is also an ambassador for St. Vincent. Judy Boucher with crystal-clear vocals, Caribbean1st salutes you.
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