Roderick “Chucky” Gordon is an all-inclusive Artiste in every sense of the term.
The reigning 2014 National Calypso Monarch has in the past six years branched out from his childhood Kaiso roots to establish equally strong credentials in the Soca arena. His offerings “I Never”, “Anything Ah Want” and “Blazin” are already Soca standards.
Add to that a semi-final appearance in this year’s National Chutney Soca Monarch competition and the picture of a versatile, genuine lover of local culture begins to come into focus.
That passion for music reaped the ultimate reward on Carnival Sunday night when Chucky realized his childhood dream of winning the oldest and most prestigious title in T&T’s Carnival history: The National Calypso Monarch 2014.
Chucky earned the title with “Wey Yuh Think”, a tongue-in-cheek political commentary and “The Wedding”, a call for national unity to begin on a cultural level.
That win came on the heels of his success in the 2012 Lord Brynner Independence Calypso Monarch competition which commemorated the nation’s 50th Independence celebrations. His winning composition “Bear with me” called on nationals to endure the social, political and economic challenges we experience with the promise of better and stronger days ahead.
Chucky’s two (2) national titles followed a string of consistent appearances in the finals of the National Calypso Monarch (four times) and International Groovy Soca Monarch (five times) competitions.
The Laventille-based Artiste has also consistently contributed music to our national instrument, the Steelpan, with his 2008 calypso “Thunder Coming” being voted Pan Song of the Year after dominating the Panorama competition.
Chucky was nominated as a Best New Male Artist at the International Soca Awards in New York and accompanied the CARIFESTA contingent to Guyana (2008).
Chucky has a busy 2014 ahead with several tours to the US, UK and Caribbean on his itinerary. He is also currently using his down time to get into studio to complete work on his mid-year releases.