Joanna Marie Takes On John Holt’s Classic “Be Close To You” (@joannamarie67)

Jamaican-Venezuelan vocalist Joanna Marie kicked off 2022 by taking on John Holt‘s classic, Be Close To You (My Best Girl). Although the record has been remixed in the past by various artists, Marie is the first woman to provide a female’s take on it, which explains her title: My Best Boy (Close To You).

Her version is produced by personal and business partner Ed Robinson, who is also a recording artist in his own right. Released on January 7th, 2022, My Best Boy (Close To You), is on the Reggae Global Entertainment imprint, a label that is owned and operated by the couple. 

When asked what she would like listeners to take away from her rendition of the song, Joanna Marie said: “My twist on the song,,,, This classic sung by a woman.”


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