Singer/songwriter Hopeton Lindo lives by the saying, ‘Teamwork makes the dream work’. Whenever he enters a recording booth, he is determined to do justice to that motto.
He and fellow vocalist Novel-T renew creative ties on Don’t Know Much, a reggae version of the much-covered ballad made famous by acts like Bette Midler, Bill Medley and Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt.
Their rendition was released in July by Irie Pen Records, Lindo’s company. It is number five on the South Florida Top 25 Reggae Chart.
“The chemistry with Novel-T and myself is like automatic, she is an amazing singer and our voices blend perfectly so for us the vibes was right,” said Lindo, who has produced chart-topping songs by Novel-T.
She has similar praise for Lindo, saying: “Hopeton and I clicked immediately like I knew him all my life. We have similar work ethic, so we bring out the best in each other. Above all, we keep it real and honest, and I love that.”
The Aaron Neville/Linda Ronstadt cut is the best known version of Don't Know Much. It won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by A Duo or Group With Vocal in 1990.
Lindo knows quite a bit about chemistry. In the 1990s, he was a key member of producer Gussie Clarke’s songwriting team at Anchor studio in Kingston, Jamaica where he wrote or co-wrote several hit songs like Telephone Love by J C Lodge and ‘Champion Lover’ for Deborahe Glasgow.
With Novel-T, he produced Let me Please You and Love Won’t Let us Wait, which are duets with singer Peter G. Both songs topped the South Florida Reggae Chart.