Ronald “Boo” Hinkson’s talent transcends cultures and sounds, bringing a fresh and innovative blend of jazz and Caribbean music. A gifted composer, producer, and heralded guitarist, Boo’s unique approach and versatility enables him to deliver a distinctive signature sound.
Born in St. Lucia and raised on a diet of Ellington, Davis, and Coltrane, Boo’s name is synonymous with St. Lucian music. His mother, who was also an accomplished guitarist, was his first teacher. His musical career began with the Tru-Tones, a group he started in St Lucia, who commanded stages locally and internationally for two decades. So much so in fact, that their eclectic blends of Caribbean and pop rhythms garnered them an appearance at Superbowl XIII. Today, he is an exceptionally accomplished musician who has stayed true not only to his Jazz roots, but also to his West Indian culture. Boo couples his appreciation of the old masters, with Contemporary Jazz, and Soca in his music and lyrics; and as a result his popularity has continued to spread.
His Zephryn Records debut CD entitled “Beyond” was a testament to his growth as a musician and as a composer. A rich, warm collection of contemporary and straight ahead Jazz tunes delivered with his own unique Caribbean flair, “Beyond” delivered on the promise of his rich and storied background, setting the stage for his current project, “Shades”. “Shades” built on the momentum of his first release, delivering solid radio hits infused with his distinct Caribbean flair. “Shades” is a true highlight of his versatility as a musician.
In 2016, Boo Hinkson became the first Saint Lucian with voting rights at the Annual Grammy Awards. He was selected as a judge for music’s biggest award show – the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, which he views not only as a great achievement for himself, but for all Saint Lucian musicians. In 2013, Hinkson was also considered for a Grammy award when he released his album, “This is my Life.”