By: Roxroy McLean
A useful rule of thumb for Alecia Frazer while doing her day job as a behavioral detection officer at the United States Department of Homeland Security is to remain discreet.
It’s an interesting paradox, though, as Frazer has been anything but discreet about her ambitions to become the next big dancehall star. “I want people to see that there is something behind this uniform,” she told Jamaica Today.
Behind the uniform is a determined, saucy and lyrically versatile artiste who says she is ready to take the world by storm.
The New York-born singjay, who goes by the stage name Leci, was on the island recently promoting her new song ‘Come Out’ that was produced by the Montego-Bay based Damage Musiq.
Come Out was recorded on Moments Riddim in December but was officially released in February. On the track Frazer goes hard on her cheating ex-boyfriend.
“The Americans love it. They can’t really understand the words but they love the melody and the flow. The Jamaican women are in love with also,” she said.
During her two-week stay in Jamaica Frazer said she has witnessed first-hand how some of the music producers here favored male artistes over females, especially those who reject sex in exchange for exposure.
“It’s extreme,” she said in relation to the struggles female artistes experience in music.
“I have not been robbed or dissed, so to speak. But I have seen where some producers decide against working with female artistes because they think male artistes will bring them more money and spotlight.”
However, Frazer, who idolizes artistes like Beres Hammond, Sizzla Kalonji, Sister Marion Hall (formerly Lady Saw), and the imprisoned Vybz Kartel among others, said she does not feel daunted by her goals.
“I can bring all to the table. I can sing soft music and, at the same time, produce a wicked hardcore track. I am very diverse,” she said.
And, despite the rigid nature of her job, Frazer said she is still able to entertain her co-workers whom she described as some of her biggest fans.
“My coworkers love me. I have a quirky personality and I always sing for them. A lot of them have also bought my music on iTunes,” she said.