DJ Nicholas passionate for Christ & music


By: Joseph Cunningham

dj_nicholas.jpgHis powerful sound has many comparing him to Bounty Killer and Baby Cham, but he is not a secular artiste, instead, DJ Nicholas is a Gospel deejay. He attributes his strong vocals to spiritual dedication. "Seeking the lord brings power," he said.

Speaking with YardFlex via telephone on Friday afternoon, he revealed the interesting tale of how he began "walking with the lord."

"I was a rastaman who was living in accordance with the principles of
Rastafari. This was the case until I was reading my bible and saw the
scripture which reads...There is no other name under heaven, given
among men whereby we must be saved, but by the name of Jesus."

Nicholas said the bible passage made him realize that Jesus Christ is the only way. Praises be to God, he received the word with thanksgiving. As a result, he shaved his hair and turned fully to the bible for guidance and inspiration. He made the bold step of attending a church crusade at the New Life Assembly of God, Constant Spring Road. There, he got saved and baptized.

The passion of knowing Christ was accompanied by another passion...the passion of gospel music. He pursued his dreams of doing God's music by approaching Gospel producer, Tommy Cowan, who recorded his first single "Barrier." Nicholas continued to produce songs such as "Pop Off The Word" and collaborated with Kerron Ennis on "Holy Ghost Church." He has worked on projects for Bless a.k.a. Prodigal Son such as the concert, strong>'Recharge' which played a great part in his earlier development. Chevelle Franklyn, Robert & Jeneve Bailey and Danny Browne are some of the others Nicholas has worked with.

Ministering in Canada, USA, South America, London England and several small Islands, Nicholas shared the stage with international acts: Papa San, CeCe Winans, Alvin Slaughter and was opening act for Kirk Franklin in St Maarten. He is currently one of the Directors of 'On The Shout Records' a new gospel recording company which currently has 2 new gospel sensations - singers J-Cee and J-Lee, under its portfolio.

Nicholas won the Artist of the Year Award and the New Artist of the Year Award at the 2006 Maja Awards in Kingston Jamaica; he was also one of the contenders for this year's big prize, Album of the Year for his debut project "On the Shout." He received 12 nominations for the 2006 Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards, where he also won New Artist of the Year and Duo of the Year for the single, "Holy Ghost Church."

More than a Gospel musician, Nicholas says he is also a minister, with a "Ministry Statement": To minister the undiluted word of God uncompromisingly through the language of the Caribbean music in a most Professional way to the furtherance of God's Kingdom.