Minister Marion Hall (Formerly Lady Saw) has been through a lot in her life and musical career. Recently she made the move to shed her life as a Dancehall Artist and become a Minister for the Lord. While she works on spreading the word of God, she shares “I Had Jesus“, a single from her upcoming Album, “When God Speaks“. Dedicated to those who have been through many troubles and unfortunate events, Marion shares her own stories but reminds us that she didn’t face her battles alone as Jesus was there to help her put them all behind her. A powerful entry from the Minister and while Gospel Music isn’t a new lane for her (as she has had Gospel singles earlier in her career), it will definitely be refreshing to hear more as she prepares to release her Album on July 8, 2016. Check out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Worship and Faith International Fellowship (WAFIF) presents “To God Be The Glory”. This is a video medley featuring Bishop and First Lady Mclean, Gospel David, Alicia Taylor, Mykal Malachi, Spanner Banner, Mark Radical, Mikey D, Mark Radicl, Destiny Crew, Evg, Kimona Brown-Lowe and Rev. Goddy Goddy.
So far the video has been well received in the Christian community, both locally and Internationally. “The reception has been mind blowing so far, every day since the release of the video we have been getting positive feedback. People have been enjoying the songs, enjoying the album, people love the Riddim, love the video and melodies. This project is moving from Glory to Glory.” Said Mykal Malachi, Representative from WAFIF.
The songs are featured on a dancehall riddim, which according to the group is simply a way to reach out to the secular crowd. “The expectations are limitless, God is doing something far above that which we can imagine and we are just allowing him to take the lead as we humbly follow.” Expressed Mykal Malachi. Ariff Butler was the genius who came up with the superb concept for the video. The video was shot in Port Royal and shows that Christians can have a fun time.
“Yes we do want people to know that when they come to God they will still be happy and have fun. Church is not boring.”
Individually Bishop McLean is one of Jamaica’s top motivational speakers. He has a powerful life changing book out now entitled “Turning Nothing into Something”. Kimola Brown-Lowe has her album coming out in November while Mykal Malachi is releasing his next single entitled “Shine” this Summer. Alicia Taylor is also working on singles to be released shortly, and Spanner Banner is about to drop his EP.
Canadian based recording artiste, K-Anthony has released a new single geared for a global breakthrough. The song has an international, pop sound and critics believe this is definitely a single to watch. “Billboard” is the title of the track produced by Dwain “Wiya” Campbell of Barbwiya Music. It sends a comprehensive message that you may not achieve the success and recognition that most would do anything to acquire, however there are other achievements that more meaningful and of even greater value.
The urban-gospel singer said, “Initially in my career my main aim was to be the epitome of Gospel music. Getting on the world renowned Billboard charts. I had a redefining moment in my life, while writing this song. My focus shifted from self to total surrender to God’s will. My musical passion became bigger than just getting on to charts. My new goal was to be a billboard for what I believed in. I yearn to remind Christians that being a billboard is their duty. We are the living advertisement for salvation and grace. The spirit of Jesus within us, should shine for the world to see.”
When you listen to this record you can clearly hear the influence of R &B music, particularly of Boyz to Men and Brian McKnight. They played integral roles in the defining moments for K-Anthony, encouraging him to select the musical path he travels today. His new album also titled, “Billboard” is due to hit music stores this May.
K-Anthony, given name Kevin Fowler is a former instructor of music at Northern Caribbean University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and an Associates degree in Mass Communication. His single “Heading To The Top” was a chart-topping single on the Caribbean’s Cross Country Countdown. For more information visit www.kanthonylive.com
Kristine Alicia is best known as a Reggae Gospel Artist but now is on her transformation making music with a message, music of freedom and elevation as she describes it. Her anticipated sophomore album “Songs from Zion”, is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2016 and is produced by Black Dub’s Rory of Stone Love fame. Check out some facts of this singer/songwriter below:
• Born Kristine Alicia McCaw this singer/songwriter hails from Kingston, Jamaica and moved to Miami, Florida when she was 13.
• Kristine Alicia comes from a musical family and is a classically trained pianist.
• Gospel Reggae star Nigel Lewis produced Kristine Alicia’s first album Get Ready which put her on the map in the Gospel genre.
• Kristine toured with top reggae gospel artist Papa San as a backup singer
• Kristine Alicia is inspired by the following singers Sade, Jill Scott, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Beres Hammond, Luciano, Marcia Griffiths, Tessanne Chin, Jesse Royal, Eyrkah Badu and Alicia Keys
• Kristine Alicia’s accolades includes (2) two Marlin Awards – Best New Artist and Best Vocal Performance (Jehovah Jireh)
• Kristine Alicia has performed throughout the Caribbean and North America, but her biggest show to date was headlining the 2015 Groove Party in Nairobi, Kenya in which she performed to over 30,000 people.
Kristine Alicia’s second single “Hand Over River”, produced by Rory Stone Love, is scheduled for release April 22nd, 2016 on iTunes. Until the release of the track, Kristine decided to give fans a taste of the single in an acoustic style.
First they started out as the youth of the Dancehall/Reggae culture, now they’re parents with growing kids. It isn’t unusual for the child of an Entertainer to follow in their parent’s footsteps one way or the other as at times they bring a modern take on their parent’s creations, or create their own lane. Some of the most famous off springs include Stephen, Ziggy, and Damian “Junior Gong” Marley (Sons of Bob Marley), Chino and Di Genius (Sons of Freddie McGregor), Junior Tucker (Son of Jimmy Tucker), Morgan Heritage (Children of Denroy Morgan), Tarrus Riley (Son of Jimmy Riley), Queen Ifrica (Daughter of Derrick Morgan), Protoje (Son of Lorna Bennett), Chronixx (Son of Chronicle) and many more. In part 5 of a few part series, I feature more of the new set of kids on the scene whose parents have covered much ground in their respective careers.
1. Addis Pablo (Suns Of Dub)
Famous Parent: Augustus Pablo
Single(s): In My Father’s House, Far East Dub (Suns Of Dub)
2. Jo Mersa Marley
Famous Parent: Stephen Marley
Occupation: Reggae Artist
Single(s): Burn It Down, Light It Up (w/ Morgan Heritage)
Today’s Oldies Sunday selection will take you to church thanks to The Royal Routes. Titled “I’ve Got To Be Dreaming“, this was produced by Royal Routes & Co. and released through the Ephesus label. This group, led by Everet Dyce, proved that nothing can stop them from delivering the good message through song, not even Poliomyelitis. This song is an undeniable hit that has transcended generations and is sure to bring back memories for many. Check out the track below and share your thoughts in the comments section.