Cover Drive singer Amanda Reifer reveals three bandmates protect her from male attention

Cover Drive singer Amanda Reifer reveals three bandmates protect her from male attention

SHE IS the sexiest star to come out of Barbados since Rihanna, but stunning Amanda Reifer has revealed her bandmates act as bodyguards to prevent guys getting too close.

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SHE IS the sexiest star to come out of Barbados since Rihanna, but stunning Amanda Reifer has revealed her bandmates act as bodyguards to prevent guys getting too close.

The 21-year-old Bajan, who shot to fame with Cover Drive’s smash hits Lick Ya Down and Twilight, says her raunchy tomboy look is inspired by Gwen Stefani of No Doubt.

But the In:Demand Live and T in the Park star says she’s single and there are only three men in her life – bandmates T-Ray Armstrong, 18, guitarist Barry ‘Bar-Man’ Hill, 22, and bassist Jamar Harding,18.

The singer said: “I love Gwen Stefani and No Doubt. Gwen talks about girls’ insecurities, strengths and weaknesses.

“I have always been connected to Gwen because she is in a band and I’m in a band. I love her style as well, which is such a reflection of her music. It is a tomboy streak, which is what my style is. I like to feel sexy and still compete with the guys so I relate to her.

“I am single and very taken by my music and I’m very busy. There’s three guys in my life and they are in my band. They make sure that no one else can get in there.

“They are very protective of me, especially T-Ray. I used to be his babysitter – now he is mine and he prevents guys from hitting on me. He is like a hawk.

“He is always watching and makes sure that I’m safe and no guys try to take advantage.”

Amanda insists such close attention from her bandmates doesn’t cramp her style.

“T-Ray is my best friend. He gets me better than anyone else,” she said.

“To have him around all the time is great, especially in this crazy business.”

The news may come as a relief to fans of JLS. The British boy band have asked Cover Drive to support them on their summer UK tour.

But Amanda is not sure Oritsé Williams, Marvin Humes, JB Gill and Aston Merrygold are her type.

She said: “JLS are super-talented. We can’t wait, because it will be a great show. For someone to be hot in my book I need to know them.

“They’re not bad-looking guys, but I am more about what the guy’s personality is. That is what is attractive to me.

“I like guys who are confident and funny. I like manly men, a little bit rough round the edges, and I like people who laugh at themselves and can make me laugh.

“The British accent is very hot. They have a plus already. The Scottish accent reminds me of home just a little bit.”

T in the Park stars Cover Drive are back with Sparks – the follow-up to their No.1 hit Twilight – hitting the charts today, while their debut album Bajan Style is out tomorrow.

The group formed after growing up as friends on Barbados and were championed by fellow Bajan star, Rihanna, who asked them to support her on tour,

Amanda said: “We’re so grateful for that opportunity. We have so much respect for her. We would love to be best mates with her. We are still fans. We love her.

“She was already famous when we first met, which was when we opened for her. We don’t have her number or anything but, when we meet her, she tells us to make her and Barbados proud.”

The singer admits the comparisons she has enjoyed with the We Found Love singer can be a little embarrassing.

“I saw an article saying I was the new Rihanna and it is very flattering because she is amazing. But Rihanna is Rihanna,” she said.

“I’m not trying to take her place. I don’t think a band can replace Rihanna, we are going another route and trying to make a name for ourselves.

“It is a huge compliment because people look up to her. But we’re not jumping with joy – we’re unique as well.

“The similarity is we’re all from Barbados. As Bajans we have a drive. She is a hard worker and we are hard workers as well.

“There is a lot of talent in Barbados. It is like a treasure island really. Thanks to Rihanna, everyone is now paying attention to Barbados.

“There has always been talent. People have always been making music in Barbados. But Rihanna is the first to do it internationally.

“It is a small island and you are far removed from the music industry. To see someone from our country have that kind of success inspired us to keep going and pursue our dreams.

“Barbados is a fantasy island. It is the most beautiful place with clear blue water, white sandy beaches and everyone is really friendly and laid back. The food is amazing. I would say it is the best place in the world.

“I had to leave that paradise to fulfil my ambition.

“I have been involved in music and performing for as long as I can remember.

“I can remember being a little girl acting out all the songs from all the different musicals.

“My parents paid for me to go to step class and piano lessons.

“I was 15 when I started writing songs then the boys and I started getting together and making music. It happened naturally.”

Explaining her babysitting duties to T-Ray, she said: “I was 15 and he was 12 turning 13.

“I was an excellent babysitter, but he used to spend most of his time in his room hiding.

“He was shy when we met. He was scared of me. He is too big and manly now to admit that and he pretends he wasn’t, but I know he was.

“I would just watch TV and eat chocolate chip cookies.”

As she prepares to join the bill of the In: Demand Live concert at Glasgow’s SECC on May 20, with T in the Park and Olympic closing ceremony appearances to follow, the singer revealed she isn’t the only one in the band with a sweet tooth.

Jamar and T-Ray love deep fried Mars bars. Amanda said: “We love coming to Scotland. The gigs are amazing because the energy from the fans is incredible.

“Last time here the boys tried a deep fried Mars bar. I didn’t but Jamar said it tasted like KFC.

“T-Ray said it wasn’t too bad and he quite liked it. Barbadian cuisine is authentic to Barbados and very different. We have macaroni pie and well-seasoned chicken and we always have cheese. The fish in Barbados is incredible.”

The title to hit Lick Ya Down also has its roots in the island and Amanda is keen to put right those who say it is an X-rated affair.

“It’s is not a rude song at all. People interpret it as a rude song because they like things to be a little bit dirty,” she insisted.

“But in Barbados it is a phrase we use which means to knock someone down.

“It is about a girl who has caught a man cheating on her and wants to knock him down.”

?Bajan Style is out tomorrow.

(Source: www.dailyrecord.co.uk)

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