On February 20th, 2016, two time Groovy Monarch of St. Lucia Elijah “Arthur” Allain, was honored by the St. Lucia Texas Foundation, receiving a plaque for his outstanding contributions to the Arts and promotion of St. Lucian music and culture.
Arthur was featured as the main performer at the annual SLFT Independence Gala, held at the Holiday Inn in Houston, Texas. He provided a dynamic performance involving an assortment of his music through the years as well as prominent St. Lucian covers. The event also featured an appearance by the UN Ambassador Menissa Rambally who graced the well attended gathering with an inspiring and patriotic address. This was preceded by a red carpet cocktail party, followed by dinner, after which, presentations were made by various personnel.
Mr. Elijah “Arthur” Allain, lead Vocalist and band-leader of the band EvaLucian, and school teacher, is without doubt an exemplary youthful figure in St. Lucia.
Arthur’s professional music career stretches back to early 2008, which birthed his introduction to live band performances with the Matrix band. He continued to develop his craft over the years and in September of 2013, Arthur alongside two of his former students Gus d’Auvergne and Yannick Plante, of Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School founded the now popular EvaLucian band. The band has served as acts on major shows such as Youthfest, SLAM concert, St. Lucia Jazz & Arts festival Opening 2014 & 2015, Soufriere Jazz, Jazz at Baywalk, Teatime Jazz, etc.
Arthur achieved his first major musical accolade in 2013, when he stunned all in attendance with a memorable performance of his song “Jumping Alone” which obtained him the 2nd place prize in the Groovy Monarch competition, after only his second attempt at the title. St. Lucia Carnival 2014, saw Arthur’s career reach its pinnacle, when he was able to capture the coveted title of Groovy Monarch 2014 with his self-produced and co-written (Danielle Dubois) track “Numb”. Arthur repeated the feat of capturing the Groovy Monarch title again in 2015 with the song “Who I am #WestIndian”, a song paying homage to all Caribbean people. The song was accompanied by an official music video. Independence 2016 saw Arthur headlining the SLAM concert and providing the finale with his patriotic rendition of the “Who I am” remix as “I am a St. Lucian”. The remix has gone viral across social media platforms, obtaining views of over 140,000 and over 5000 shares.