Soca artiste/entertainer Dexter John Stewart aka Blaxx is not one who is easily fazed. Finally he made his debut of 15 years with Roy Cape All Stars from 1999 to present.
Blaxx attributes his musical talents to his parents Veronica and Jerry Stewart. His mother sang and his father was a well-known musician who ran a calypso tent in Tobago. His father, who is now deceased, also arranged for pan sides in the sister isle and had his own band called Jerry Stewart and the New Sounds. Blaxx said his father was involved in every musical event that Tobago and the Tobago House of Assembly hosted.
His father moved to Tobago when he and Veronica broke up. Blaxx stayed with his mother in Siparia where he started singing calypso in Primary School under the sobriquet Mighty Hot Chocolate. His mother gave him the name and also penned the song. As a teenager, he traded singing for boxing but after receiving a serious cut tail in a bout, he hung up his gloves and picked back up the mic. Over the years, Blaxx honed his talent with several bands. He sang with OC Blackman and Upstream where he was christened with his well-known sobriquet then followed that experience with stints in Succession Brass, Atlantik, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires and Blue Ventures before finding a home in Roy Cape. It was with this band he was brought from the shadows into the limelight, as they believed in his voice. He credits long time Roy Cape All Stars musician Mr Roy Cape Snr and Carlysle ‘Juiceman’ Roberts for developing his talents.
Blaxx, who, in recent years, has been very consistent in making it to the finals in Soca Monarch has given us infectious songs such as Breathless, Tusty, Tanty Woi, Hunting and Carnival Jumbie, Inner Band did well enough to tie him for fourth place in the Power Soca category with Prophet Benjamin in 2012. In 2013 his biggest year in his career was his runaway hit Leh Go which placed him third in Groovy Soca Monarch.