Born into the music, Yannick Hooper’s intense love for the arts and Caribbean culture has been greatly influenced by an early exposure to calypso by his father David Hooper; former band Manager of “Coalishun”. After years of acquiring knowledge and observing the craft of Soca Yannick first took the stage at his former High School Deighton Griffith where the performative aspect of his life first surfaced.
At the age of twenty Yannick Hooper attained great success with the release of a song titled ‘Undecided’. This caused a chain reaction of interest in Yannick regionally and within the Caribbean Diaspora worldwide. The success of Undecided took him to the top of many Caribbean charts and eventually into the People’s Monarch Final. That same year Yannick was nominated for ‘Best New Artist’ at the International Soca Awards and ‘Song Of The Year’ at the Barbados Music Awards against the likes of international Pop Star Rihanna. After the Crop Over season he travelled to Labour Day, Miami Carnival and Toronto to perform which significantly boosted his Career.
In 2014 he released a Song titled ‘Wine Sampling’ that climbed many Soca charts across the region allowing him to perform at several major events for the 2014 Crop Over season. Later in the year he released a nation building song titled ‘Top Rock’ that highlights intrinsic aspects of Barbados. Shortly after its release he directed the music video with cinematographer Vonley Smith that received an award at the 2015 Barbados NIFCA awards ceremony.
In 2016 the 24 year old continues to makes waves in the Soca arena being the youngest person in the Sweet Soca Semi-finals with his latest release “They Don’t Want Us To Fete. Young and ambitious Yannick Hooper can definitely be described as a promising trailblazer for Soca Music in the Caribbean and worldwide.
In 2018 Yannick has teamed up with the World Red Bull 3 Style Champion and long time friend DJ Puffy for his first release ‘Wine Down Low’. Since the songs release in mid May it has gained great popularity regionally and internationally being played in the Caribbean, North America, Africa and Asia. Additionally Yannick has released ‘Sold Out’ a song that captures the perspective of a determined fete and ‘Parlez-vous Francais?” targeted at the English and French speaking Caribbean. Yannick continues to embrace his love for Soca and is totally focused on being part of the movement to take Soca beyond the shores of the Caribbean.