Legendary soca / ragga-soca / calypso artiste and composer, Alston BECKET Cyrus, has fostered an illustrious 45 year career with 28 albums, numerous award-winning singles, 1 movie soundtrack, Disco Calypso, in The Deep motion picture; 5 compositions featured in four American TV programs, the sitcom Full House and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno amongst them, and 8 Road March titles, all to his credit.
Born in Layou, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, in the Caribbean, Becket's first love was the steel pan. But with a gift for singing, he was always singing calypsos in the back-yard, as a kid. He switched to calypso after a concert at the Layou Lodge, in his home town, on Thanksgiving Night, 1968. Several persons, including Sergeant Phipps, the head cop at the Layou Police Station, at that time, encouraged him to take singing seriously. Phipps was there with him also, in 1975, when he was crowned SVG's Calypso King.
In 1972, while a member of the US Army, Becket decided that he wanted to pursue a singing career and as a result he performed in several US Soldier's Tours in Hawaii (1972-1974). In 1976, Becket began working with calypso and soca's greatest arranger, Frankie McIntosh, a union that has lasted 44 years and is still going. He struck gold with his break-out hit, Coming High, in 1977. He followed his 1977 success with equally successful singles:
Wash Yuh Hand - 2020
President Obama - 2008
Small Pin -1999
Doh Eat And Lie Down -1999
Gal Ah Rush Me -1990
I Want Soca -1986
Love Is The Answer -1984
Ooh La La -1983
Calypso Noel -1982.
Cocoa - 1980
Wine Down Kingstown -1978
In 1991, Becket received the Record of the Year and Best Party Tune awards for Teaser, at the first ever Caribbean Music Awards, which was held at the world famous Apollo Theatre (NYC). Frankie also won the best arranged song for Teaser. He was honored three times by the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and earned numerous awards for his massive hit Teaser. Ella Me Vacila (the Spanish version of Teaser) earned him a BMI Latin Award and a Billboard/Univision Award for the Salsa / Tropical Song of the Year, in 1994. Cover versions of this song have been done in several other languages. During Trinidad's Carnival 2000, smash hits Small Pin and Doh Eat And Lie Down swept the Caribbean airwaves, after placing first and second respectively, for Vincy Mas Road March in 1999.
In addition to party tunes, Becket creatively penned several songs related to world events, Caribbean politics, cricket and carnival, such as Wash Yuh Hand, edited and remastered because of the Covid 19 pandemic, Love Is The Answer (remade in 2001 with post 911 lyrics), Carnival History (earning him the Calypso King of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in 1975), Legalize De Grass, Human Rights, I Am An African, Hezekiah, Mama, Oppression, Cardo, Marie-Anne, I Want Soca, I Cry, Gal Ah Rush Me, Say No To Drugs, Laramania, Rights, Bring Back Moses Law, Grenada Will Rise Again, Don't Look Down On A Man, President Obama, Band Ah De Year and Mo Rush, to name a few. In commemoration of the Caribbean hosting the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Becket released Cricket Is We Ting, an all cricket compositions album, containing 10 original tracks.
As a veteran soca / calypso artiste, Alston BECKET Cyrus has performed throughout the Caribbean, Canada, Spain, England, Columbia and the United States, that encompassed various college tours, festivals and the United Nations. Becket made history in 2000, becoming the first Caribbean artiste to perform at the US Open and was listed as one of the 17 Outstanding Caribbean Personalities of the 20th Century. In 2001, the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines made him a Goodwill Ambassador. In 2010 he became the first soca / calypso artiste to perform at the Montreal International Reggae Festival, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
This prolific composer and highly revered Caribbean music icon continues to be a source of inspiration for generations to come. His style, grace and versatility leave you with an insatiable desire for more of his hypnotic melodies, reflecting the musicianship of a master. His latest album, Mo Rush - 2020, contains remakes of Coming High, his 1977 break-out monster hit, Legalize De Grass, Big Fly and Gal Ah Rush Me; plus 6 hot and brand new tracks: The Computer, Give Thanks, a gem, written and composed by Frankie McIntosh, Cat Balloon, Mo Rush, 40 Years and Happy Happy Birthday, an original Soca / Calypso birthday song, with a very catchy melody and an added improv mix, to accommodate the birthday person's name. Becket's 2013 album, The Singles File, contains President Obama, one of the best of the many songs written in commemoration of President Barack Obama becoming the first black President of the United States.