Shurwayne Winchester February 8 1974, Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago
As 12-year-old, he entered competitions, consistently making contributions that impressed and advanced him to advanced stages. His ability to both pen lyrics he loved and sing them in tones far beyond what was expected of him at his age, gave him the fortitude to compete against some of the best in the industry, including Denyse Plummer, the world’s calypso queen, and Cro Cro and Luta, the Calypso Monarchs of the world.
A number of Calypso Monarch and Road March titles have been won by Winchester. Having already established himself with tracks such as “Baby Love” and “Under My Spell”, he won the Road March title in 2004 with “The Band Coming”. He won again with “Dead or Alive” in 2005.
With “Can’t Wait” and “Don’t Stop”, he won both the Power and Groovy Soca Monarch titles in 2006. As part of the 8th annual Copyright Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT) awards in 2006, he won “Songwriter of the Year”, “Song of the Year” (for “Dead or Alive”) and “Groovy Soca of the Year” (for “Don’t Stop”, a collaboration with Shawn Noel).
He formed Y.O.U. (Yes One Unit) in 2008. “Make It Yours” was Winchester’s collaboration with Maxi Priest, while “All I Need” was Winchester’s collaboration with Serani