Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez, The Matriarch of Soca

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Trinidadian Soca songwriter, recording artist and performer Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez, also known as the “Lyon Empress”, “Mane the Matriarch” and the “Silver Surfer”, nicknames she claimed during her performance at the 2008 International Soca Monarch.

The Point Fortin native is a three-time Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Road March champion (2003, 2008, and 2009). In 2009 she created history by becoming the first Soca artist to win the ‘triplet’ of titles, International Soca Monarch in Groovy, People’s Choice and Power category

Fay Ann first wrote her name in the record books when she became the youngest female winner of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Road March Monarch crown, which she accomplished with her song “Display” in 2003, at the age of 22.

She is now the youngest solo artist (male or female), still actively recording, and with multiple Carnival Road March wins. Fay Ann’s dominance of the 2009 Carnival season in Trinidad and Tobago is a feat the likes of which have not been observed since David Rudder swept the Carnival Road March, Trinidad Calypso Monarch and Young King Competitions in 1986. She now stands as the only female artist to win the Carnival Road March three times and the second to attain back-to-back wins in two consecutive years.

Fay Ann’s compositions have earned several nominations and wins of Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT) music awards including Female Songwriter of the Year and she has also received honours from the Soca Awards Organization (SAO) for her music.

Soca runs deep within Fay Ann’s blood, her father “Superblue”, is a Soca legend who has won the Carnival Road March title nine times and Trinidad Soca Monarch competition seven times. He was instrumental in honing her skills as a songwriter and performer.

Fay Ann is a member of the Asylum band (previously known as “Censation”), founded by her husband and Soca royalty Bunji Garlin, the two got married in 2006 and the proud parents of a baby girl

Fay Ann and husband Bunji Garlin

Fay Ann and husband Bunji Garlin

Fay Ann continues to tour worldwide and will begin recording her first solo full-length album on VP Records.

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