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Bounty goes to church again?

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Reports are that the Killer took his Alliance camp and Corey Todd to church at Club Riddim on Sunday. Of course, Bounty's girlfriend was also present and so too were two dancehall tettes, who felt the spirit so deeply that they just cried during the entire service. We know that a whole heap a tings a reach the artiste dem now, and so it look like Bounty a turn to God as the only answer. The other artiste dem must follow Bounty example, cause it sticky out deh.
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Fraudsters holding church office?

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Embezzlement? Homosexuality? A wha dis we a hear bout a happen inna di big big, Sabbath-loving, Adventist church? We cyan believe we ears. But when high-profile church leaders just up and decide to leave dem post, a no so-so suh. Something is going on. And it sure can't be good. But we can only hope say whoever is guilty will repent and seek forgiveness.

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The presiding judge at the carnal abuse trial of international televangelist
Reverend Dr Paul Lewis this morning ruled that the pastor has a case to answer.

Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey's ruling follows a no-case submission made by
Lewis' lawyer, Keith Bishop, yesterday.

The attorney will now have to mount his defence to the seven-member jury.
The Crown has already closed its case at the trial.
Allegations are that in June 2009, Lewis met a 15-year-old girl at a church
convention in Little London, Westmoreland, where he was a guest preacher.

The pastor allegedly exchanged telephone numbers with the girl and, in a
subsequent meeting, took her and a 14-year-old female companion with him on a 
trip to Clarendon.
he Crown is alleging that, on their return to Westmoreland, the girls spent the
night with him at his Negril hotel.

There was a subsequent police investigation and the pastor was charged with
carnal abuse.

Lewis remains behind bars as his $300,000 bail was revoked.
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Harold Camping in 2008

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OAKLAND, Calif. - A California preacher who foretold of the world's end only to
see the appointed day pass with no extraordinarily cataclysmic event has revised
his apocalyptic prophecy, saying he was off by five months and the Earth
actually will be obliterated on Oct. 21.
Harold Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to
heaven Saturday before catastrophe struck the planet, apologized Monday evening
for not having the dates "worked out as accurately as I could have."
He spoke to the media at the Oakland headquarters of his Family Radio
International, which spent millions of dollars_ some of it from donations made
by followers -- on more than 5,000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the
Judgment Day message.
It was not the first time Camping was forced to explain when his prediction
didn't come to pass. The 89-year-old retired civil engineer also prophesied the
Apocalypse would come in 1994, but said later that didn't happen then because of
a mathematical error.
The globe will be completely destroyed in five months, he said, when the
apocalypse comes. But because God's judgment and salvation were completed on
Saturday, there's no point in continuing to warn people about it, so his network
will now just plays Christian music and programs until the final end on October
21.
Camping offered no clues about Family Radio's finances Monday, saying he could
not estimate how much had been spent advertising his prediction nor how much
money the nonprofit had taken in as a result. In 2009, the nonprofit reported in
IRS filings that it received $18.3 million in donations, and had assets of more
than $104 million, including $34 million in stocks or other publicly traded
securities.
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Mary Mary


Gospel In Harmony, a gospel showcase featuring some of the very best acts in the
genre, will be staged by Premier Events on Sunday at the National Arena in
Kingston, Jamaica.
Popular international gospel duo, Mary Mary, will be headlining the event and
they will be joined onstage by Thrillers United, Prodigal Son, One Voice and the
Kencot Youth Choir.
According to a spokesperson for Premier Events, "We recognise that there is a
plethora of reggae and dancehall concerts on the island and, for that reason,
Premier Events has taken the bold step to inject a breath of fresh air into the
mix, with a cutting-edge gospel event catering to the entire family.
"The success of gospel shows, such as the recently concluded Fun in the Son,
points to a dire need for more family-oriented events such as Gospel In
Harmony."
Sister act Mary Mary will undoubtedly prove a huge drawing card, as their
contemporary, cross-over hits have garnered for them millions of fans worldwide,
both within and outside of the gospel arena.
Ever since the siblings - Erica and Tina Campbell - broke through in 2000 with
the pioneering crossover hit Shackles (Praise You), the chart-topping sister act
has not wavered from defying convention to fulfil its mission: sending uplifting
messages through music and words that are relatable to everyone.
Eleven years later, having earned three Grammy Awards, two American Music
Awards, an NAACP Image Award and a BET Award, the 'Mary Mary way' sounds just as
fresh and innovative on the duo's sixth album, aptly titled Something Big.
Among Mary Mary's popular numbers are Can't Give Up Now, Yesterday and Heaven
and The Real Party.
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Gospel artiste challenges Kartel

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Gospel artiste Dwayne Jackson has penned a song challenging dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel to change his lifestyle, consider the repercussions of what he is doing and to seek Christ.
Jackson told the media that he wanted to make a serious statement, because Kartel needs to realise he is not a god.
He holds no bars in criticizing Kartel, addressing various issues from 'bleaching' through to his influence on young men, the explicit photographs, and his alleged freemason membership.
Kartel, has definitely hit a few bad chords with persons in the music fraternity with regards to comments he made defending the bleaching of his skin.
Several dancehall artistes have hit out both directly and indirectly at Kartels dramatic transformation as well as comments he made in the latest issue of Vibe magazine where he said, "I'm my own man, and as such I do my own thing. When black women stop straightening their hair and wearing wigs and weaves... when people stop getting nose jobs and cosmetic surgery then I'll stop using the 'cakesoap' and we'll all live naturally ever after."








Pastoral minister and accomplished singer Carlene Davis, after receiving seven nominations earlier this year, walked away the winner in the 'Best Vocal Performance' category for her rendition of 'After All I've Been Through' from her latest album 'True Worship' at the recently concluded Marlin Awards in Nassau, Bahamas.

The categories she was nominated in include, 'Adapted Reggae Recording of the Year', 'Album of the Year', 'Engineered Recording Of the Year', 'Packaging of the Year', 'Reggae Vocal Performance of the Year - Duo/Group' and 'Traditional Vocal Performance - Female'.

An elated Davis expresse her gratitude for the acknowledgement and thanked her family and everyone who played a role in her life, which she has cited as the continued thrust that keeps her going. The Marlin Awards recognises and honours outstanding achievement in Caribbean gospel music.

Following the award show, the gospel songstress departed for New York City where she was joined by compatriot Papa San and Jabez.

There she visted a number of radio stations to campaign for the 2011 Best Dressed-sponsored Fun In The Son concert, scheduled for March 19, 2011 at the University of The West Indies, Mona Bowl. -From there it was into Dominica for the week-long Apostolic Prophetic Conference.





Gospel Queen Albertina Walker is dead

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Gospel Queen, Albertina Walker, died early this morning in Chicago, a report from Martin’s International stated.

“The internationally known Queen of Gospel and former member of The Caravans gospel group, Albertina Walker died at approximately 4:30am this morning with her grand-daughter Tina at her bedside.

The Queen was hospitalized hours before her annual Scholarship concert in August. She has been known for several gospel hits, but one that stays with us always is I'm Still Here, “ the release said.

Ephraim Martin of Martin’s International, stated, “On behalf of my wife Justice Shelvin Hall and staff/associates of Martin's International, our condolences go out to our senior associate Sherrilinda (Tina) Nance, her son Jordan and her mother; also to Pam Morris, Sheila and other family members of our dear Queen Albertina Walker-Brooks. She will always be "Still Here" in our hearts






Stop extorting schools, Holness message to thugs

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Dem people ya really a gwaan bad you know. Imagine preying on students. The government needs to send a strong message.

The Ministry of Education has stepped up the auditing of accounts of several schools in the wake of reports that community dons are targeting Principals as part of extortion rackets.

A tough-talking Andrew Holness, Education Minister, issued a stark warning to racketeers that no attempt will be spared, to stop the shake-down of public schools

Mr. Holness pointed to an instance in which a school principal was fired after he submitted fictitious documents to the ministry for salary payments being made to teachers who did not exist.

This was so he could pay extortionists.

The minister did not name school or the principal involved in the scheme.

“I’m saying to the community dons, leave our schools alone. I’m saying to them, don’t encourage any gangs in our schools … I’m saying to them, respect our teachers … don’t rob our schools,” Mr. Holness said while addressing teachers and administrator of the Steer Town Academy, following a tour of the Mansfield Primary School, a new $200 million educational facility in St. Ann, set to open next month.





Buy yuh patwah Bible tiday

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The first book of the patois version of the Holy Bible goes on sale today.

The creative minds behind the controversial project to translate the Bible into patois -- and which is costing millions of dollars -- launched the Book of Luke in patois yesterday at the Portmore Gospel Assembly in Passagefort.


The service was conducted in the Jamaican creole and the Bible Society of Jamaica seems pleased with their project. There will be a public education drive to sensitize the public and help them to read the patois Bible.

The expected completion date of the entire Bible into Jamaican Creole is 2012, to coincide with Jamaica 50 Independence celebrations.
The entire Patois Bible is expected to be completed in 2012 when Jamaica celebrates its 50th anniversary as an independent nation.

The Bible Society said it hopes to that the project will inspire Christians to be more "confident and mature" in their faith, as some are still challenged to worship in a way that is culturally relevant and authentic.





Carlene Davis thrills, saves souls in Canada

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Minister and gospel singer Dr. Carlene Davis thrilled thousands in Canada last week at the renowned Revival Time Tabernacles in Toronto, delivering another spiritually charged performance to the large gathering as the specially invited guest of Bishop Dr. Audley James, the church’s presiding pastor.

This postdates her recent trip to the African continent, where she and husband Tommy Cowan ministered in Uganda saving many lives while imparting the teachings of Christianity.

Now back in the island, Dr. Davis last Wednesday attended the launch of Denbeigh at the Hi-Pro Ace Supercentre in White Mall, St. Catherine.

Where she met with various executives to discuss the way forward for the upcoming Denbeigh Gospel Extravaganza, slated for August 1, 2010.

In attendance at the launch where Committee Chairman Senator - Norman Grant, Leon Mitchell - Marketing and Sales Promotion Executive at The Jamaica National Building Society, Glendon Harris - President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, Dr. Christopher Tufton - Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan White - Head of Marketing at Digicel Jamaica, Christopher Levy - President of the Jamaica Boilers Group among others.

The annual Agricultural Show will be staged at the Denbeigh Showground in Clarendon from July 31 to August 2 under the theme "Eat What We Grow and Grow What we Eat".

Meanwhile, Dr. Davis and her husband are due to return to Canada on August 2, for the Revival Time Tabernacles annual gospel concert alongside fellow Jamaican acts Judith Gayle and Papa San.





Stories behind the hymns

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On March 40, 1858, over 5,000 men gathered for a mass meeting sponsored by the YMCA. Young Dudley Atkins Tyng, bold, fearless and uncompromising, preached from Exodus 10:11, “Ye that are men, go and serve the Lord.”



Over 1,000 of the men were converted; the sermon was called “one of the most successful of the time”; the entire city was being aroused; a religious awakening was gaining force.

The next week Tyng returned to his family in the country



On Tuesday, April 13,1858, he was witnessing the operation of a corn-thrasher in his barn. Raising his arm to place his hand on the head of a mule which was walking up the inclined lane of the machine, the loose sleeve of his morning gown was caught between the cogs.





Introducing gospel singer Charmin Blake

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Hailing from the parish of Clarendon gospel singer Charmin has had a love for music from as far back as she remember. She began singing at an early age in church and it was not surprising that after finishing high school she gave her life to the Lord and was baptised in the New Testament Church of God. There she got involved in various groups, taught Sunday School and was a choir director for the adult and children choirs.


“It was through this I gained the opportunity to sing at most churches in the community, at gospel concerts and weddings,” she shared.


In June 2004, Charmin migrated to Connecticut in the States there she joined the Triumphant Church of God under the leadership of Bishop Joel Willis. With a passion for ministry she became an active member of the church, ministering, singing and directing various choirs.





In Times Like These

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During the fearful days at the height of World War II, this comforting hymn was written.


In the midst of a busy day as a housewife, Ruth Caye Jones felt a direct inspiration from the Holy Spirit. She stopped her work to quickly put down both words and music, just as they were given to her by God.


Since that day the hymn has been a blessing to countless Christians at special times of need. It has brought comfort during illness, has been used widely at funerals, has encouraged and challenged Christian workers, and has drawn many to salvation.


Mrs. Jones experienced for herself the consolation the words of the song could bring as she spent time recovering form serious surgery a few years after it was written.
Kenneth W. Osbeck





Gospel Vibes Radio spreading its wings

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A dream realized is how Delroy Lingo would describe the Gospel Vibes Radio station which has taken off like a rock since its official launch almost a year ago.
With over 12 syndicated stations and more to come on stream, Lingo could not be happier about its success.
“All the feedback we have been getting are positive...some of the comments we get is that it reminds them of back home in Jamaica, listening to radio on a Sunday,” the Connecticut-based host of Gospel Vibes told yarflex.
Host and founder of Gospel Vibes Radio, Delingo says his aim is to promote and elevate new and upcoming gospel artistes and gospel music to the next level, and to preserve the traditional gospel music heritage.
Gospel Vibes Radio has been a long time dream of Delingo who have spent the last three decades in broadcasting Caribbean programmes.





Rescue the Perishing

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Fanny Crosby was sixty years old when she visited Chicago’s Bowery Mission for the first time in 1880. She little dreamed that it would provide the inspiration for one of her most popular religious poems.
When asked to speak at the close of the service, she rose and said, “There may be a man her who has gone as far as a man can go. If he is present, I want to shake hands with him.” A man did come forward, and finally accepted Christ as Saviour.
Following that initial visit, Fanny Crosby brought many lost souls back into the joy of the Kingdom of God. On another evening that same year she gave this invitation, “If there is a lad here who has wandered from his mother’s Christian teachings, I would like to pray with him at the altar at the close of the service.”





Shall We Gather at the River?

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In July 1864, Robert Lowry, a Baptist minister, was tired and began thinking of future things, especially of the gathering of the saints around God’s throne. He began to wonder why so many had written so much of the river of death and so little of the river of life. A hymn began to take form, first as a question, “Shall we gather at the river?”


Then came the answer, “Yes, we’ll gather at the river.”
With his heart full of these thoughts, he seated himself at his parlor organ, and both the words and the music of the famous hymn came to him as if by inspiration.
Soon, the words and music to this famous hymn were completed.





Hymn Stories

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The gifted Christian musician Joseph T. Webster was often tormented by deep feelings of depression.



On one occasion, when he was in a melancholy mood, he received a visit from his close acquaintance Fillmore Bennett.



Knowing that one way to keep Webster from brooding over his problems was to interest him in writing a hymn tune, Bennett decided he’d try to pen some lyrics that would direct his friend’s thoughts heavenward.





Interesting hymn stories

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This beautiful hymn was penned by a former slave trader John Newton. One night while attempting to steer the ship through a violent storm, he experienced what he was to refer to later as his “great deliverance.” He recorded in his journal that when all seemed lost and the ship would surely sink, he exclaimed, “Lord, have mercy upon us.” Later in his cabin he reflected on what he had said and began to believe that God had addressed him through the storm and that grace had begun to work for him.


For the rest of his life he observed the anniversary of May 10, 1748 as the day of his conversion, a day of humiliation in which he subjected his will to a higher power. “Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; ’tis grace has bro’t me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.” He continued in the slave trade for a time after his conversion; however, he saw to it that the slaves under his care were treated humanely.





Daily Word — Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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Prosperity
DailyWordNovMagcover.jpgMy life is blessed as I give and receive from the abundance of Spirit.
In the coming days, there may be several opportunities to exchange gifts with special people in my life. The gifts I've chosen and prepared reflect my love and appreciation for them. Person-to-person, I share with others from the abundance of Spirit that is freely given and gratefully received.
Presents and cards, cookies and crafts are symbols of thoughtfulness and love. But my experience of prosperity continues and extends even deeper than the objects and the symbols. As I give and receive from an awareness of God's ever-expanding abundance, my life is blessed.
The love I share, the good wishes I extend, and the satisfaction I feel heighten my appreciation for all life. As I
give and receive from the heart, I am fulfilled.


"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap."—Luke





Daily Word — Monday, December 22, 2008

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Joy
DailyWordNovMagcover.jpgMy heart is open to the joy of the Christ.
As I look forward to celebrating the birth of the Christ Child, I take time to deepen my understanding of this sacred event and the meaning it holds for me.

Through His life, Jesus taught about our own spiritual nature. He showed by example how to honor the Christ qualities, qualities of perfection that are inherent within all.

I embrace each of the Christ qualities of love, life, light, and peace. I ponder their meaning and the ways I can express them more fully. In Scripture, the angel's announcement of joy encourages me to explore the perfection that brings me happiness. I am open to new experiences. With enthusiasm, I celebrate and give thanks for the joy of the Christ that inspires a life of vitality, harmony, and freedom.

"The angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid; for see--I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.' "--Luke 2:10





The Levy's gospel heritage continues

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By: Joan Wilson

Ovando Levy_edit.jpgLubert Levy took the top prize in the JCDC's gospel competition in 2004. Four years later his son Ovando is a finalist. It is left to be seen whether he will repeat his dad's achievement.

From as far back as he can remember Ovando has always enjoyed a fascination for singing, he has been doing it since the age of three. In fact he has entered the Tastee Talent Contest on more than one occasion with his siblings under the banner Levy's Heritage.

Ovando said that in 2005 his dad got a revelation from the Holy Spirit that Levy's Heritage would be a group to be reckoned with and since then, he along with his brother Oneil and sister Oshin took Levy's Heritage on the road, performing at churches, concerts and just ministering the word in songs. The group eventually won the Canadian MAJA Award in 2006.





New internet gospel station coming

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By: Joan Wilson

delsmall.jpgFormer Love FM disc jockey Delroy Lingo who is now based in Connecticut will be launching an Internet Gospel station called Gospel Vybz and that mission will be the fulfillment of a dream for the radio jock.

Delingo who had a one on one with YardFlex shared that while being on air in Connecticut he was frustrated by lack of outlet for the traditional Caribbean gospel. And it was there that the dream was laid on his heart to create a station that would be the avenue to play those kinds of songs.

So five years ago he started buying the essential equipment he would need, now he is in sight of that vision.

Later on this month in at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church in Portmore he will be officially launching the Internet site. "The internet gospel station will be streaming live gospel shows, church services and playing your favourite traditional gospel music along with the modern ones," Delingo as he is popular called in the gospel arena told YardFlex.





jaygospelfest3.JPGThe hills came alive with the sound of music as international gospel reggae artiste, Jason Mighty launched his debut album, CORNERSTONE at the 16th annual Barbados Gospelfest. Commencing the charged performance with songs such as - "Wanna Know", "Da Vinci Code" and "One Soul" - Jason shocked the crowd into a spirit-filled frenzy.

"I have been waiting a whole year for this," one female patron screamed as she waved a copy of Jason's debut album, "I am not leaving this place until I get my copy signed!" On viewing the artiste's merchandise table, hundreds of fans could be seen vying for copies of the highly demanded album. "The company [Daystar Promotions] brought in over several hundred copies of the album for Gospelfest, and they all sold out within three hours," said a Daystar representative. Many patrons were so desperate for music from the 27 year old singer, that they began asking if there were promotional discs for sale.





Junior Tucker is not turning back

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junior_tucker_edit.jpgHe admits; Only God can get the credit for all that has taken place in the extraordinary life of Junior Tucker.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he began singing at the age of 5. At age 7 he became a household name in his country performing his first #1 song "Happy" and also began traveling internationally. Without a shadow of doubt everyone knew being on stage was what he was born to do.

With tremendous success, he navigated his way through three international recording contracts which have literally taken him across the world. He has toured throughout the United States, UK, Japan, Mexico and the Caribbean. At 12 years old he was signed to Island Records and at 14 he had a recording contract with Geffen Records, USA. At 23 he signed to Virgin Records, UK. In 1991 Junior was released from Virgin and returned to his roots to pursue a career in Jamaican Dancehall Music.

Dancehall brought its accolades, number one songs, Singer of the Year titles and a high profile lifestyle. As time progressed his life became far from 'Happy'. Despite so called fortune and fame, behind the scenes his life was in pieces, spent chasing the next hit song to stay on top and fill the void.





Kirk Davis now on the alleluia side

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By: Joan Wilson

kirk_davis_08.jpgDuring his reign with the Shocking Vibes crew, Kirk would thrill his many fans with love songs but in the quiet hours he would be tortured with the thoughts that his soul was not alright with the Lord. "Sometime I would toss and turns, cause I know that if I should die my soul would not be ready," he told YardFlex.

Then three years ago, the demand to make things right in his life became overwhelming as Kirk said he was lying in his bed one night in New York and reflecting and the thought came to him that he need to let go of all other vibes and put God first, there is no repentance in the grave. Still he resisted the urge and continued to do his secular songs, it was a constant battle, but somehow he managed to put the conviction aside as he did shows in Japan, the Caribbean, Europe and other places.





Dobby Dobson

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By: Joan Wilson

dobby-01.jpg"Life was one big bowl of jello and condensed milk...my conscience was clear, I harboured no bad feelings towards anyone, I was being in tune with the universe. I left Jamaica to reside in New York away from family and most close friends, so my 'friends' were now my new associates or people I had not seen in a long time...and I casually got drawn into a lifestyle that was foreign to me. Night clubs had been a part of my life in Jamaica, what with me having sung with a dozen bands for most of my life, but New York after hour joints were different. These places opened after most legitimate niteries closed, and stayed open into the next day...mostly run without licenses, they catered to a different crowd...into which I assimilated myself. Liquor flowed, drugs prevailed and ladies were easy. It was nothing to find yourself sneaking out of the joint to find the sun high in the sky," were the earnest words of singer Dobby Dobson to YardFlex as he spoke about his rise from hitting rock bottom by the saving power of Jesus Christ.

Today, Dobby his using his experience to witness to thousands and seeing them experience the kind of change he has too. But that change didn't just happen overnight, the catalyst started in 2000 when his mother died. According to Dobby a wave of depression came over him. When he returned to New York the sadness was still with him and no amount of girls or drugs could make him feel any better.





Jason Mighty - a real gospel revolutionary

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jason_might.jpgReggae music possesses the undisputed ability to touch the spirit, the soul and the body regardless of face, creed, color or nationality. Singer, songwriter, Minister Jason Might, (his real name), is revolutionizing reggae praise and worship with his soulful ballads and uplifting praise tunes. Blending smooth, distinct vocals with musical hooks and slurs that can appease the most discerning listener; Jason imparts a glimpse of a genuine relationship with his Savior to the forefront of his songs.

Born in the sun-rich island of Jamaica, to a musically inclined mother, Jason grew up hearing the time tested, sacred hymns that are near and dear to many of our hearts. When asked about his inspiring musical talent he states, "In the year 2000 God gave me a mandate to preach hope and salvation through my music; be it on dancehall or roots reggae rhythms. The message is the same that has been spread by our Savior himself. I simply sing the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ." Confirming his status as a minister, Jason was also ordained as a music minister and a deacon at his home church, New Life Assemblies Church of God.

This year, Jason released his debuted album entitled "Cornerstone". His hard work did not go unnoticed by his peers and the industry, as he was awarded the Best Gospel Collaboration award at the 2008 Reggae Academy Awards. He was then nominated at the 2008 Flame Awards for Best Foreign Recording Artiste and Best Foreign Gospel Recording of the year.





JCDC Gospel Finalist Chosen

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edit_jamaica_flag_large_1.jpgAfter several grueling rounds of elimination, the ten finalists that will compete in the 2008 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song Competition have been selected. Over three hundred aspiring gospel artists auditioned in Kingston, St. Catherine, Manchester, St. Mary and St. James, all with original entries.

The JCDC then invited those participants with completely original songs to participate in an elimination round. From the elimination round, 25 semi finalists were selected and invited to compete in a private session for a spot in the finals.





Marvin Sapp stays at Gospel's top

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Marvin Sapp.jpgMarvin Sapp's blockbuster CD continues its momentum and this week reclaims the number one spot on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums Chart. Released July 3, 2007, "Thirsty" has been in the number one position longer than any other Gospel CD released in the last year.

The powerful hit single "Never Would Have Made It" has made history as the longest number one song at Gospel radio. The song is currently Number one at Gospel radio, where it has been for 29 weeks. "Never Would Have Made It" is also tied as the second longest number one radio single across all formats.

With a recent surge of airplay at Urban Radio, "Never Would Have Made It" is number 13 on the Urban AC Chart and is in rotation at such stations as WMMJ (Washington), WBLS (New York), WRNB (Philadelphia), WWIN (Baltimore), KJLH (Los Angeles), WMXD (Detroit), WVAZ (Chicago) and more. Additionally, "Never Would Have Made It" is one of Sony BMG's top 20 selling ringtones. Marvin Sapp will perform "Never Would Have Made It" on the Dove Awards Wednesday, April 23. He received a Dove Award nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year.





A family singing praise together

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the_murrills.jpgA unique family of talented vocalists and instrumentalists, The Murrills are endowed with the ability to reach and rebuild broken spirits through the ministries of song and prayer. With an amazing chemistry that can only be shared between six close knit siblings, The Murrills have already wowed audiences through their work with the famed Tri-City Singers. Their debut CD "Family Prayer" is being released June 3, 2008 on Zomba Gospel. "Family Prayer" is produced by Grammy Award winner Donald Lawrence, who first worked with the group as part of his celebrated choir The Tri-City Singers.

Comprised of Darwin, Damion, Donnell, Andre, Roger and sister Arnetta – who was a featured Tri-City lead vocalist - The Murrills, guided by their mother, began singing together as children and "Family Prayer" is replete with songs that bring to life the old adage "the family that prays together, stays together." Their music beautifully emphasizes the love and strength, ups and downs of family, with faith and togetherness being the central themes.





kirk_franklin_08.jpgKirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and The Mighty Clouds of Joy join the New York Tri-State for McDonald's Gospelfest 2008. The mega music festival returns on June 14, 2008 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

McDonald's Gospelfest is a talent competition that features choirs, steppers, praise dancers, soloist, rappers and poets. Rising stars will compete in a variety of categories and share the stage with Gospel's finest.

Celebrity Gospel artists include Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir, Byron Cage, Vicki Winans, and Cissy Houston. Emmy Award winning A. Curtis Farrow has been tapped to produce and direct the festival.





Get ready for 'Opry At The Doves'

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dove_awards_08.jpgAmerican Idol previous finalists Phil Stacey, Mandisa and Chris Sligh; Dove Award Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant with country icon Wynonna; 19Recordings/Jive Recording Artist Jordin Sparks; Ricky Skaggs and The Whitesand Point Of Grace with Cindy Morgan, are the latest performers added to the increasingly luminous line-up for the 39th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards telecast, according to the GMA and Gospel Music Channel (GMC).

Gospel and Christian music's biggest night of the year will take place
live on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry House and will be broadcast live nationwide on the Gospel Music Channel television network from 8 – 10pm EST. The Dove Awards will also be broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio on XM 32 "The Message."

Joining Skaggs, The Whites and Charlie Daniels with Third Day's Mac Powell, will be The Isaacs, Angella Christie, The Hoppers, Jeff and Sheri Easterand, Karen Peck and New River for an "Opry at the Doves" special performance.

Also performing will be 'New Artist of the Year' Nominees: 33 Miles, Brandon Heath, Group 1 Crew, Mandisa, Rush Of Fools and DeWayne Woods.





Get Ready for Valley Gospel Fest

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ASHLEYCleveland.jpgTop performers in modern gospel music will be on stage for the first-ever Valley Gospel Fest, slated for May 10 at the Louis and Sandra Berkman Amphitheater at the Historic Fort Steuben in Southwestern Ohio.

Organizers outlined festival details during a press conference Thursday at the Starkdale Presbyterian Church.

The performers, who will include three-time Grammy-Award winner Ashley Cleveland, Jonathan White, Curtis Lewis and the Aliquippa Church in the Round Gospel Choir, the Word of Life Singers, Seasons and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Choir, will be on hand for the free festival scheduled to run from noon to 7 p.m.

The concert, co-sponsored by the Starkdale Presbyterian Church and the Community Foundation of Jefferson County, will be a "huge event" for Steubenville and Jefferson County, according to Jody Glaub, board member of the Community Foundation of Jefferson County and a Starkdale Presbyterian Church elder.

"This is going to be a community-wide, ecumenical celebration," said Glaub, adding that local churches will be invited to participate. "I think this is a wonderful time to be having this. Everyone has been so positive about the event. It's going to be a wonderful Saturday afternoon."





Get ready for Women Empowerment Gospel Fest

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On The Rocks Entertainment, Inc. presents the Women Empowerment Gospel Festival at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. The event will be hosted by Juanita Bynum and will feature performances by a dynamic line up of Grammy Award winning artists including Yolanda Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar and The Clark Sisters.

In addition to musical performances, the Rev. Dr. Carl L. Washington, current officiating pastor of New Mount Zion Baptist Church located in Harlem, New York will be a special guest speaker. A host of celebrity speakers will join Rev. Washington in sharing positive and powerful messages for women of all spiritual backgrounds. The event will give women the opportunity to come together and highlight the efforts of some of the most non-vocal, yet obedient disciples of the Lord.





Gospel Charts this week

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Marvin Sapp.jpgReturning to the top of the Billboard Top Gospel Charts this week is Marvin Sapp's "Thirsty," ending WOW Gospel 2008's four week run at the top of the charts, as it moves down to the number two position for the week.

Kirk Franklin's "The Fight of My Life" holds on to the number three position as "Jesus" from Shekinah Glory Ministry maintains the number four spot. Israel & New Breed's "A Deeper Level" rounds out the week's top five. Other notable chart activity includes strong debuts from LaRue Howard with "How Great is Our God" - number 6 and Norman Hutchins' latest, "Spontaneous Praise: Vol. 1" -number nine.

In the world of radio, Marvin Sapp continues to dominate with his second consecutive week back at the top spot with "Never Would Have Made It." In total, this single has spent 28 weeks at the number one position. Kirk Franklin's "Declaration (This Is It!)" holds to the number two spot. "He's Done Enough" from Beverly Crawford sits at number three while The Clark Sisters' "Livin" takes the number four position. Ricky Dillard & New G round out the week's top five with "The Light."





Free will bring fresh appeal to Gospel

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Free2_.jpgFormer host of BET's 106 & Park, Free, will co-host the new Gospel Music Channel original series, Bobby Jones Next Generation, alongside the man who helped revolutionize gospel music as a creator, producer, director and performer, Dr. Bobby Jones.

The series will begin shooting in Atlanta next week and both performance heavyweights will share hosting duties of the hour-long show where merging artists will be showcased.

Gospel Music Channel, Atlanta-based Kingdom Come Productions and Dr. Jones will produce the new series together. The programme will be broadcast Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT with the series premiere set for Sunday, May 4.

Speaking to reporters, Dr. Jones said, "Free is the ideal choice to share the hosting role on our new GMC series. She is a seasoned television personality, brings a young demographic appeal, knows the new artist world well and is an emerging artist herself. She and I will compliment each other well and viewers will enjoy our pairing"

Before her career in television as host on 106 & Park, BET's number one rated show, Free began showing her talent as a budding rap artist in the early 1990's working with likes of the Wyclef Jean Refugee Camp, Lenny Kravitz, and Pras, and had record deals with Elektra and Motown records and also worked with Def Jam. Most recently, Free held the position of DJ on KKBT 100.3, The Beat music station in Los Angeles.





Billboard's Gospel Charts

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wow_gospel08.jpgFor the fourth consecutive week, "WOW" Gospel 2008 sits atop Billboard's Top Gospel Charts.

Marvin Sapp's "Thirsty" continues its strong run at the #2 position. "The Fight of My Life" from Kirk Franklin holds strong to this week's #3 spot and Shekinah Glory Ministry's, "Jesus" holds strong at #4.

Flame's "Our World: Redeemed" The Sequel debuts strong at #5. Other notable movements include Myron Williams solo debut "Made to Worship" at #9 along with DeWayne Wood's "Introducing DeWayne Woods" & "When Singers Meet," jumping from #23 to #18.

In the world of radio, Marvin Sapp's "Never Would Have Made It" returns to the #1 position after a four-week absence, replacing Kirk Franklin's "Declaration (This Is It!)" which moves to #2. "He's Done Enough" from Beverly Crawford holds strong to the #3 spot, as does The Clark Sisters' "Livin" at #4. Maurette Brown Clark's, "One God" rounds out the week's top five songs at #5.





Kerron Proves the Power in Praise

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kerron_ennis_edit.jpgKerron began singing at the tender age of eight years in Jamaica in her local church and thereon set her sights and ambition on becoming an instrument of music for the Lord. She has moved tens of thousand while touring the island with the Perpetual Team and at local churches and the accolades have started rolling in. Her ministry is being demanded locally and on the international scene.

Born, August 22, 1982, in the parish of St Andrew, she is the fifth child of Lascelles and Derisa Ennis and grew up in the Patrick City Community, where her artistic ability has captured the hearts of many. She has been the choir director for the Youth and Combined choirs of the Boulevard Church of the Nazarene and has received the commission from the Lord to sing and to make His praise glorious. Her dedication for the Lord is indelibly etched into her motto of Acts 20:24, "but none of these things moved me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God."

After entering the Jamaica Cultural Development's Gospel Festival in 2003 with the title song, "No Wonder," written by Clifton and Margaret Clarke, Kerron came in third place. She then became a well sought after alto singer. From this the musical stage of greatness was then set and Kerron has no intention of looking back.





Bloody Sunday' commemorated this weekend

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By: Elizabeth Smith

Bloody_Sunday1972.jpgThe 43rd anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' and a re-enactment of the Selma to Montgomery March is being commemorated this year between March 6 and 10.

Known as the Bridge Crossing Jubilee, this 15th annual staging will be graced by the presence of guests like: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Cornel West, Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, C.T. Vivian, Al Sharpton and Faya Rose Sanders and Martin Luther King III amongst many others.

The theme of this year's jubilee is "One vote, One Mic, One Movement: From Selma to Jena and Beyond."

In 1965, the Edmund Pettus Bridge was the scene of an attack on hundreds of voting rights marchers by law enforcement officials on what was later called, 'Bloody Sunday.'

Prompted by the removal of Black males from voting rolls by Alabama's Constitution of 1901, Blacks in Alabama fought hard for voting rights; one of the most valuable rights of any citizen.

Blacks struggled for this enfranchisement in a variety of ways in the 1950s and 60s, including: NAACP's legal strategies via the 1957 Civil Rights Act; voter education projects in 1965; mass meetings and rallies in Black churches that were often met with police violence including the notable killing of Jimmy Lee Jackson in 1965; hundreds of African Americans lining up at registrar offices attempting to register to vote and hundreds of voting rights activists being beaten and jailed by police.

In their quest to complete the march from Selma to Montgomery that openly and loudly protested against and defied laws forbidding them a vote, Blacks were forced to make several attempts:





Chevelle Franklyn to minister in the Bronx

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By: Elizabeth Smith

Chevelle-Franklyn-gospel.jpgChevelle Franklyn will headline Ebenezer's 75th Anniversary Gospel Concert in New York on Friday, April 14. The international multi-award winning singer of contemporary gospel masterpieces will join other 'ministers of the gospel through the arts,' including: Unconditional, The EPHN Temples of Praise Dancers and Choeur Magnificant.

Expectations are high for the concert, since Chevelle's humility, coupled with her exuberance and love for God have been a high source of inspiration around the world, according to the testimonies of many.

Ministering in song was a natural progression for Chevelle, whose own story of one day just deciding to make a change from super stardom on the secular scene, was a clear indication, that God is in control. In 1998, Chevelle felt, "tired of the empty way of life and hopelessness," and declared on stage during a concert, "I can't do this anymore." Chevelle said, "I did not hear a message or anything, but I felt the calling of God. I just broke down on the stage... I knew there was something better out there."

From singing Kirk Franklyn's "Silver and Gold" at that moment, Chevelle went on to a collaboration in 2000 with Papa San on his award-winning album, "Victory," that led to the beginning of a stream of awards starting with a Marlin Award for the track, "Touch From You."





Carlene Davis – batting for the Lord

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By: Joan Wilson

RAAJ_carlene_davis.jpgInternationally acclaimed Gospel recording artiste Carlene Davis is one of the most dynamic music ministers coming out of Jamaica. As this Caribbean Hall of Fame Awardee testifies in song, the powerful message of God's love flows through her, bringing hope and healing to the heart of the listener. God has truly anointed and appointed her to affect this generation and her mission is to bring deliverance and transformation to a hurting world through the ministry of music, thus fulfilling The Great Commission.

YardFlex can attest that she is well on her way in fulfilling this commission. Already she is being requested by quite a few Caribbean leaders to come and minister in their country.

For Carlene it's an opportunity she more than welcomes as she says each Caribbean island she has been to, through the power of God lives have been transformed.

She is sometimes amazed at the response she receives as she ministers ...but that's the Lord working through her.

Right now she is preparing for a Caribbean/European tour for the month of March.





United Church of Canada insults Reverend Daryl Gray

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By: Janice Dayle

daryl_gray.jpgCan a fine upstanding practicing Minister of religion be banned from visiting his former congregation? In Montreal some factions of the United Church of Canada are trying to do just that.

Reverend Daryl Gray who once held the position of Minister at the Union United Church, was sent a letter from David Clinker, Supervising Minister of Union United Church, stating that Gray's attending the funeral for the mother of one of his current church members in December 2007, was "in violation" of an agreement made between Gray and The Montreal Presbytery.

According to Clinker in the letter, Reverend Gray was, "not to enter the premises or to take part in the events of Union United Church." Clinker also stated in the letter that he "insist" that Gray follow the agreement made by the Montreal Presbytery, and that Gray is not allowed to enter the church building for any reason without Clinker's "expressed permission".





Stitchie puts "Real Life Story" on the global streets

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By: Joseph Cunningham

stitchie.jpgGospel deejay Stitchie has been spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through his music, with great intensity on the international scene.

Recently, he returned from the United States where he promoted his third album, titled "Real Life Story." The official release of the album took the form of a concert held at the Harvest Fire Worship Centre in Florida. There was also a live radio launch on Florida's Mystic 1400.

The album has 17 tracks, produced by the likes of Bobby Digital, Don McDowell, Shawn Brown and Rohan McDermott.

Stitchie says, "It is the best album I have done to date. The engineers were good. The concepts of the songs are just a review of my life, real issues with spiritual solutions."

Stitchie said the album was released in Jamaica last Tuesday. While here, he says he will be using the opportunity to promote the album and video for the title track. The video was shot in Spanish Town by Billy Yapp, who also directed Stitchie's "Fast and Pray." "It is very hardcore and dancehall to the max," Stitchie said.





JCee...Started from the very top!

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By: Joseph Cunningham

jcee.jpgHer face has become very prominent and it's not just a promotional campaign. The Jamaican Gospel singer, JCee was selected to be among the final 20 in a talent search hosted by world leading television network, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

The competition, called "The Next Big Thing," received entries from 88 countries. It was held late last year. Reflecting on the experience JCee said, "I did not follow up on my entry until the BBC called to say they liked the song. I told them a little bit about it, and. they called back to say I made top 20."

Since her phenomenal achievement, she admits, "I'm more known now. People have told me they heard the song on BBC radio." She added that her music features hardcore Dancehall and Reggae rhythms fused with various other genres.





DJ Nicholas passionate for Christ & music

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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.





Here comes the Gospel Evangelist

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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Kevin Downswell, the 2003 National Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Festival winner came to prominence with his original entry, "Praise." From the preliminary stages of that competition, Kevin had distinguished himself as the favourite to win with his professional voice control.

His performance in the competition was phenomenal, considering that he
only realized he could sing, at age 13.

Unlike many musicians, Kevin is not motivated by stardom, but instead, his passion is fuelled by the motto, "That Christ may increase and I
decrease." St. John 3 v 30.

In 2005 Kevin was appointed to the office of an Evangelist and graduated from the University of the West Indies with honors in Bio-Chemistry that same year. "I was commissioned by God to be a full-time minister during that period, and so I had dedicated myself in much fasting and prayer." He said seeking God at that time was very critical, because he had planned to become a Medical Doctor. "God had another plan," he added.





Kirk Franklin releases "The Fight of My Life"

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kirk_franklin.jpgOn December 18 Kirk Franklin, who is credited with revolutionizing gospel music, will release an exceptional collection of all new material.

"Carol and Michael are fighting for their marriage. Deborah
is fighting to keep from losing her mind. Jeff is fighting to keep
his home. David is fighting for his faith. Welcome to "The Fight of My Life," Franklin says of the CD titled with the same name.

The first single from the album, "Declaration (This Is
It!),"
is an upbeat and encouraging song that re-interprets the smooth-groove classic hit, "This Is It," co-written by
Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. It addresses surviving the everyday trials and tribulations through a positive declaration of one's purpose in life.

"This song is a statement that 'serves notice' on unnecessary
frustrations, relationships and circumstances that continue to attack
our life," says Franklin. "Unlike the children of Israel
who wandered in the wilderness, when we totally surrender to God,
what took 40 years, God 'can' fix in 40 minutes." Declaration (This
Is It!) is currently the #1 most added and #1 most increased airplay
at Gospel radio, and is also impacting urban radio.

After more than 15 years as the top selling, multiple Grammy
award-winning contemporary gospel artist, Kirk Franklin continually demonstrates that he is more than just an artist - he is a voice and a musical balm for his generation. "The Fight of My Life" is another display of the genius fusion of his positive message and urban beats that have made him a mainstay atop Billboard charts for more than a decade.





By: J. Koni

Shirley_caesar.jpgGospel singing legend, Shirley Caesar has released her 43rd album in her 40th year in music. The album is entitled, "Still Sweeping Through the City," a compilation of 12 of her favorite songs.

The album will feature the classic song, "Hold My Mule," that was released in 1987 and became a number one hit. It stayed on the Billboard Gospel Album Sales Chart for a 110 weeks.

"Hold My Mule was number one for 52 weeks on Billboard," she confesses. "Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could do that again with the new CD? We're just gonna wait and see what God is going to do."

Shirley revealed that she dusted off some of her rarer classics from the 1970s such as "Faded Rose" and a medley of "Peter Don't Be Afraid," "Nobody But You Lord" and "Teach Me Master." Also from that period is the heart-rending "How Many Will Be Remembered?"





Meet Bronx-based gospel artiste Dunamis

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By: Joan Wilson

Dunamis_gospel-artiste.jpgNow here is a gospel singer who has truly seen and done it all and is now on fire for Jesus. Through his mistakes he is now imparting the words to others so that they can avoid the same pitfalls.

Neil Hall aka Dunamis is on a mission to reach the world with the transforming message of the Power of God.

Born in Bull Bay, St Andrew he left Jamaica at the age of 10 then got "shipped back" to Jamaica on a one way ticket by my single mom who was out of her elements with his street activities of robbing and possessing and selling guns.

After returning to Jamaica he attended Kingston Technical for three years.

Strange as it might sound inspite of his street life on Sundays he would be in church and in the summer at church camp. He actually made an attempt to serve Christ in 1993 when he accepted the Lord as his
Saviour.

That didn't last he backslid the same year and lived the life of the prodigal son with riotous living as he says.

"My crew and I use to throw big sound parties and running women."

Soon Dunamis started taking an inward look at his life and realized it wasn't as fulfilling as he thought. That's when he asked the Lord to give him another chance to go back to the States and he promised to dedicate his life to Him.





Prodigal_son.jpgLike is the case with many young Jamaican males, his grandmother was his guardian, but when she died he "broke out".

Calvin Whilby aka Prodigal Son was educated in the admonition of the Lord by his grandmother, and she insisted that attending church was a way of life for him. Young Calvin accepted Christ at age 5, and continued through to age 13.

That was the age at which his grandmother died, and from thereon things went downhill for him...Prodigal's became rebellious and developed a 'don't care' attitude. It was no wonder with that attitude he relocated to Rema in Kingston, one of Jamaica's toughest inner-cities. In no time he was involved in gang and gun violence.

As Calvin put it, "I found protection and family in the gang."
Interestingly, the gang was called the "Fatherless Crew". Fortunately, he developed a longing for his heavenly father. He became convinced that the Lord loved him, when he realized that many of his "ragamuffin" colleagues were dying by the gun, but, he was still
alive.

After recommitting his life to Christ in 1998, he adopted his name after the biblical prodigal son and decided to use the gift of music God had given him to reach out to others.

Things looked up for him when he met musical genius and producer, Danny Browne who became not only his producer, but mentor and friend.

Prodigal Son has developed, and is now accepted as one of Jamaica's most prolific Gospel artiste.





OUTSTANDING GOSPEL MUSIC AWARD WINNING GROUP.

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GROUP SHAZE.jpgThe group SHAZE emerges with their landmark release album called "Praise Him" live at The Open Bible Community Church, 2610 N.W. 119th Street, Miami. The release features song like: "Every Nation," "Praise Him," "Blessed" and "Show Him."

Christian/Reggae/R&B recording artistes – SHAZE, the Outstanding Gospel Music Award winning group, is also recipient of the 2007 Hopeton Lewis Caribbean Gospel Music Award for Best Singing Group of the year. They were nominated for two outstanding music awards: Top Gospel Singing Group of the year and Top Gospel Song of the Year .

SHAZE brings a unique sound to the music industry with their Jamaican background. Under the spiritual influence of God, they spread the word through music. The uniqueness of their style draws many people to them. With many years of experience under his belt, producer and songwriter, Maurice "Brian" Gregory has influenced the group towards the success of their album. The album was inspired by the need to praise God regardless of life's circumstances.





Kareem counteracts negative forces with love

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Kareem picture.jpgMavado and other entertainers who glorify gangster lifestyles are those who Kareem vows to counteract!

He is a Gospel singer who believes that "word power" should not be discredited, and so he says the messages being delivered by "gangster artistes" have been unleashing the wrong spirit on the Jamaican society.

"I want to be an agent of change through my music, promoting love, peace and joy," he said.

Kareem is convinced that music which educates is the way to go, revealing that as a younger man he admired the gangster image as well. The 21 year-old said his involvement in the music world began from as early as age 8, when he would deliver solo performances in church, and at that same age his older brother exposed him to drumming.

August Town, the Jamaican community where Kareem lives is plagued by sporadic outbursts of violence and it is no surprise that his opinion about "message" is as it is! He says he has seeing his community torn apart by poverty and its most infamous side effect, violence.

Out of a desire to see his community and the wider society become a better place, he recorded "I will Give You Love Tonight." "That song was an effort to comfort the poor and needy through my music,' he confirmed.





Dreadlocked singer worships Jesus

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Ziggy_Soul_ALBUM_COVER[1].JPGZiggy Soul sports dreadlocks, the main symbol of Rastafarianism, but he is a devoted Christian. What does he mean by devoted? He does not worship the Rastafarian god, but praises Jesus.

His behavioural pattern was recognized by the Jamaican society as very strange, and this resulted in various unpleasant experiences . It is arguable that Jamaica is one of the most vibrant Rastafarian communities in the world, and so when Ziggy Soul sought to settle in a Christian place of worship, he was met with fierce resistance.

"During the period when I was seeking a place of worship, there were occasions when I was attacked physically, because of my locks. Some people told me they did not want me in their church," he said.

While he acknowledged that a deadlocked person claiming to be a Christian would not have been readily accepted by Jamaicans, he was and is still adamant that the way he looks does not determine who he is.

All these negatives were ongoing while Ziggy was walking the walk and talking the Christian talk. He had established a non-profit organization in Trench Town, which served the academic and social needs of the community. "I was giving of my time as a form of worship." Undoubtedly the neglect he had been receiving from some church organizations had insulted his sincerity.





JAI.jpgThe brand new release of the debut gospel album "Best Friend" by JAI a.k.a. Wayne Buchanan firmly keeps with the tradition of what gospel music is all about - vibrant, rhythmic and soulful. "Best Friend" conveys a sound that is upbeat with a holy feeling that transcends flavors and styles, from traditional reggae to dancehall rhythms plus R&B and Hip Hop sounds.

On first listening, a number of tracks from this 15 set collection jump out at you, such as the upbeat, "Shout Jah" wherein JAI sings soulful praises to Jesus. On "All I Need" he rides a forceful dancehall rhythm while on "Healing," "Show Some Love" and "Spend My Always" which features Tina James with some tuff traditional reggae rhythm, JAI's vocalizing is reminiscent of reggae's super group Morgan Heritage. R&B and Hip Hop presence are strong on "Love" the title track, "They Don't Know" and the combination "Coming Soon" witch features Dwayne Jackson.

JAI is an acronym for JESUS AND I, an appropriate name for this Christian artist who, from as early as 12 years old had been saved and started singing in the church. At age 15 he became the lead singer for the group 'Total Praise.' Continuing his upward mobility, JAI became a member of the established band 'C Sharp.' Not withstanding those experiences, it was the release of his hit single, "Cant Take My Lord," released on Johnnie Clarke's Marjohnmuzik label that signaled the rise of this glittering star.





Truly Blessed is Mystery Bless

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By: Joseph Cunningham


mystery_bless.jpg'Poor people fed up to how the system sheg-up, dem issue gun fi yuh pickney buss!' These are words from a song recorded by one of the most decorated artistes in Jamaica's secular music history, Bounty Killer.
The song examines a few of the challenges faced by youths in Jamaican inner cities.

Mystery Bless is a Gospel artiste who lived a life that epitomizes the Jamaican inner-city experience. He was christened Roger Linton and it is arguable that the line of the christening prayer, which says, " I now pronounce him a well blessed child," has certainly enforced a divine intervention in his life.

He grew up and still lives in Tavern, Papine. One of four sons overseen by his single mother; today he is one of two brothers still enjoying the privilege of "state freedom." His eldest brother was notorious in crime and is now deceased, while another who followed the notorious trail, is currently behind bars.

"Before accepting Christ I was fond of the thug lifestyle too. Lots of girls, parties and the guns were always visible to me," Mystery Bless recalls. He was also a Dancehall artiste, and admitted being influenced by Bounty Killer's music.





Dwayne Murphy reaches Gospel Charts

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By: J. Koni
murphy1.JPG"The Greatest Love of All" is for many folks, just a love song, however, for Dwayne Murphy it was the subject of his first live performance age of six. Years have passed and his love for singing grew along with his religious desires. His birth-name is Dwayne Dolton Murphy, and he grew in Papine, St. Andrew, Jamaica. The Gospel sensation has been touring the church circuit ministering to people and touching people lives with his ministry.

Murphy delivers various genres of music ranging from Hip Hop & R&B to Reggae and Dancehall. He is currently the lead singer on his church choir and also a praise and worship leader. In 2003, Dwayne joined forces with rapper "D.A.Jay" and subsequently Dizzle Lab Productions. Murphy has performed at major shows like Genesis 2006, Fun in the Son, Rise 2 Christ, and various gospel concerts and he also has ministered at Gospel Clubs such as Prayz House & Club Christendom.





kirkfranklin_promo05.jpgSold Out Ministries is committed to making a difference in the lives of Jamaica's Youth and they plan to use a new and intriguing project, 'Use-Aid' to do so. Mentoring young people through music and The Word, 'Use Aid' addresses the mission of Sold Out Ministries by its ability to change people’s lives – especially young people.

The brainchild of Paul and Dorrett Blake Sold Out Ministries reaches out to those in schools, hospitals and prisons. They also hold a street church. With the aim of "setting it right" Paul Blake said 'Youth Aid' will help young people shift they're focus of concentration from the rough and influential areas of sex, drugs and music that affect them negatively to more edifying issues.

'In trying to get across to youth the idea that - You've tried everything, now try Jesus - We include the development of opportunities for jobs as well as twelve scholarships to Youth Enhancement Services in Montego Bay.





Craig C makes his Debut performance

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IMG_4853.jpg100.jpgCraig C, christened Craig Chambers, was born in 1986 in the lively community of Portmore, where his Grandmother traditionally hosted musical events at her home on weekends, stimulating his love for music.

Inspired by Professor Nuts and Bob Marley, Craig C's fascination for music increased to the point where he developed his own style, becoming a Gospel Reggae DJ at age14. Influenced by the contagious dancehall culture, Craig indulged in lyrical clashes in the class room. "I would adjust secular rhymes and rhythms in order to provide a positive gospel message that had everyone’s interest at heart," he explained.





pat_francisgospel.jpgThe empowering ministry of Jamaican born Dr. Pat Francis, senior pastor of Kingdom Covenant Ministries in Toronto, Ontario reaches millions of people around the world every week by television, and daily through her easy to navigate website. Entitled "Washed By The Word," the television broadcasts aim to take the message and the mission of Jesus Christ to all nations and reaches people every week from all walks of life and from many different cultures.

Established in 1999, Pat Francis Ministries Inc. is a US and Canadian rooted charitable organisation that encompasses the media and missions arm of Kingdom Covenant Centre (KCC).

At their Toronto base, the KC Ministries is extensive, providing services for youth in addition to their full school program that sees children accessing wholesome and well rounded education.
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CarleneDavisjesus.jpgStanding in the ashes of a life that's been torn
Burned of all the things I held onto
Till the only thing I have left
Is the solid rock of you
"Standing In The Ashes"

In the midst of my affliction
I could have died without redemption
But through the power of the most High
I confess my sins and received Salvation
"Redeemed"

This excerpt from Carlene Davis's song "Standing In The Ashes" from her third gospel album, Redeemed is a synopsis of the journey that this now ordained minister of the gospel has taken.
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By: Janice Dayle

christgodgospel.jpgTennyison Walters of OFMB Records said, "It is about Our Father's Music Business, not our earthly, but our Heavenly Father," as he explained the acronym, OFMB. The company, Our Father's Music Business Record Company Inc., was founded by husband and wife Tennyson and Karlene Walters ten years ago with a focus on producing songs of worship and praise. Today, OFMB represents and produces music for an impressive roster of artists.

On June 2, 2007 OFMB did Their Father proud by winning The Caribbean Gospel Music Award (CGMA), for Top Album of The Year.

OFMB Presents: Reggae For Christ Volume 1, won the 2007 CGMA at a ceremony held in New York. Richard Greene Junior High School was buzzing with excitement on CGMA night, as were all the singers and musicians featured on this fifth OFMB Records release, that actually received four nominations for the CGMAs this year.
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Out of Eden says "yes" to God

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out-of-eden-gospel-jesus.jpgOut Of Eden, comprised of sisters Lisa Kimmey, Andrea Baca, and Danielle Kimmey. The magnificent gospel sisters group has five albums to their credit since debuting in 1994. With nearly one-and-a-half million albums sold, the group has merited numerous accolades such as the BMG Award for "Best Urban Album Of The Year" two years in a row, as well as two Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, with an additional 11 nominations. The siblings have toured extensively sharing the stage with icons such as Destiny's Child, The Pointer Sisters, Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans, and Kirk Franklin, and performed at various events including the Billy Graham and Franklin Graham Crusades, as well as Girls Of Grace teen conferences with Point of Grace.

Out Of Eden has enjoyed numerous successes on the television and movie front with songs used in UPN'S America's Next Top Model II, The WB Network's Dawson's Creek, Eddie Murphy's "Dr. Doolittle," Christina Aguilera's Diary, and The Chris Rock Show. The group also made an appearance on the primetime UPN show Moesha (starring Brandy). Born in Richmond, VA, between 1975 and 1980, the Kimmey sisters grew up on stage, performing as a support act for their mother, who is a classical pianist. Signed to the Gotee label by Joey Elwood and Todd Collins, Out of Eden delivered their first album Lovin' the Day in 1994. The album became a Christian Contemporary hit, and sparked the popular acclaim of the Kimmeys' second, 1996's More than You Know; No Turning Back followed in 1999 along with This is Your Life; Love, Peace, and Happiness, and now currently in stores is their new album The Hymns.
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"The Grace Thrillers has become a musical institution," says CEO and founder, Noel Willis. Founded in 1971, the group has chalked up an enviable list of achievements, and has built up a vast repertoire of songs that have inspired people throughout the years. The Grace Thrillers has attained international recognition, and has performed in countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and throughout the Caribbean.

While performing in North Carolina in the USA, the group was selected to appear on the famous "Bobby Jones Gospel" on BET, where their outstanding performance made an indelible impact on the audience. The group has an impressive line-up of achievements: 1984 Represented the Caribbean in the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) sponsored World Gospel Festival in Chicago, U.S.A. 1986 The Rainbow Production Award for being the most consistent gospel group and for the best gospel album. The Tibby's Auto Supplies Award for Spiritual Ministry through Music and Song. The Grace Thrillers has also won numerous awards from musical sponsors involved with the non-gospel genres: 1987 The Rockers Award for Best Gospel Album 1988 and 1992 The Jamaica Music Industry Award (JAMIA) for Best Performing Gospel Group. 1991 The Gospel Celebrations Award for its contribution and pioneering role in gospel music.
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GLACIA, a native of Jamaica, began singing locally at four years old which then led to national and international engagements. After high school, she participated in the discipleship and arts based programs with Youth with A Mission (YWAM) in Jamaica and Canada.

Glacia's ministry is extensive and she has brought hope to those in hospitals, prisons, schools as well as on the streets, the poor, she has worked with various churches and secular entities. Glacia has also been a participant of the Bob Marley International Reggae Day in Kingston Jamaica. Glacia's unique gifting has gained her audiences with a wide cross section of dignitaries and politicians became the first gospel artist invited to the Prime Ministers Private Gala in Jamaica.

An anointed, talented, writer, poet, composer, co-arranger, songwriter and worshiper, Glacia has worked closely with award winning producers of Jamaica: Jon Williams, Alex Martin Blankin, Dennis Rushton. As well as gifted and internationally acclaimed singers, songwriters and producers, Roby Duke, Terry Clarke, Robert Varnadore; Mark Brown; Robert D. Watson(Composer for film and Television )Carolee Mayne; Tommy Walker (Integrity Music). The renowned, Eddie Perez (who has worked with the likes of Ashanti) and Maurice Gregory (aka) Brian who has worked with Jamaica's first Stella Award winner; Papa San, Grammy winners Beenie Man; Shaggy, Kanye West; other reggae artists like Diana King and Wayne Wonder, just to name a few.
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Scenes from Unite The People

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dj-nicholas-gospel-kirk-franklyn-papa-san-chevelle-franklyn.jpgIn his early years, he was known as 'nameless' and produced dub plates for sound systems such as 'Nemesis and 'Flawless.' During this period, he began searching for his true identity. One night, he had a dream in which he saw fire falling from the heavens. In his dream, there was a Rastafarian in his house saying to him that he must know himself. As a result, he sought refuge in the Rastafarian faith believing that Selassie was God and became totally immersed in the Religion.

Knowing that he was raised in a Christian home, he prayed for God's guidance because he was confused about the path he was taking. While studying the bible intensely, he stumbled on Acts 4:12 which reads,"...There is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved." This 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.





Gospel artiste Moses takes refuge in Jesus Christ

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Kasim "Moses" Grant was born on November 29, 1980 to parents Andrea McLauren and Michael Grant. He grew up in the violent community called Rema Trench Town in the city of Kingston. Moses lost his father at a tender age. His father was one of the top gun men in the community who was killed by police in a shoot out. Moses life was not a bed of roses. His daily needs were hard to come by as his single parent mother fought to overcome poverty to satisfy her children. He grew up with the influence of Rastafarian faith around him, gang violence and the belief that there was no other way to rise above the odds.

Over greed of territory, war broke out with his community and several other communities around him. After three (3) years of ongoing violence and seeing some of his closest friends and neighbours being shot and killed, he felt that his life was in jeopardy, so he got involved in gang violence to protect himself and the people who were close to him. After shooting at men from the opposite side and shooting at the police when necessary sadness rains on the night of May 3, 1997 after Moses went to sleep about after Two (2) in the morning. His door was kicked off by gunmen from the opposite side of the community and was shot three (3) times. One bullet hit him in his head one in his stomach and one in his butt. He spent two weeks in the hospital, surviving a death that was sure. Moses knew then God had a calling on his life.





Kirk Franklin-Looking for you

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judy-mowatt-gospel-reggae.jpgAlthough the music business has seen hundreds of gifted female artists, there have been but a handful who compose their own music. JUDY MOWATT, who for years was a key member of BOB MARLEY'S I-THREES, is one of those rare women who control their artistic destiny. As a result, she has achieved an impressive chain of accomplishments. JUDY became the first female singer nominated for a GRAMMY in the category of reggae music when her 'WORKING WONDERS' LP was nominated in 1985. She was the first female reggae artist to appear on LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, when she made her solo debut that same year. Her LP 'BLACK WOMAN,' is considered by many critics to be the greatest reggae LP done by a female artiste, and it was the first reggae LP recorded by a woman acting as her own producer.

Being committed to meaningful lyrics, JUDY became a renowned advocate for women's issues, spiritual inspiration and African liberation. The song, 'LOVE - IS OVERDUE,' that is featured on her album, made her the first female reggae singer to score a major American popular hit. With her magnificent voice, fertile composing talent and stunning beauty, JUDY has all the ingredients necessary to continue taking her trend - setting music even further into the international arena.





Stitchie - gospel reggae

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Chevelle Franklyn - 'I can't do this anymore...

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Chevelle-Franklyn-gospel-jamaica.jpgChevelle Franklyn is without doubt one of the most outstanding Ministers of Music to have arrived on the gospel music scene over the past seven years. Her energy as a performer, insight as a songwriter/producer, vocal capacity as a singer, and her anointing as a worshiper has ensured her success as a leading, international, multiple award-winning Psalmist. Chevelle recorded her first work 'Here I Am' at the tender age of 14. Nurtured by some of the top names among Jamaica's music producers, Chevelle soon marked out a distinctive territory in Jamaica's dancehall culture scene.

Her future took a rosy turn and she recorded smash hits Nice and Naughty followed by No Pushover in 1992. But despite the great success, there remained a gaping hole in her soul. In 1998, during a concert, Chevelle, tired of the empty way of life and hopelessness, suddenly declared on stage a change of direction in her career and lifestyle, she decided to become a Christian. As a symbol of her signature to this new change, she sang Kirk Franklin's song 'Silver and Gold' on stage. She said: 'I did not hear a message or anything, but I felt the calling of God.





Gospel artiste Prodigal Son - 'Gully Mama'

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A moment with gospel artiste Stitchie

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I've always heard the story of the little boy who asked the same question. His mother asked if he could feel, or touch his tooth ache
. The boy replied by saying no, yet it hurts and I know it's there. The mother concluded that the spirit is similar, you can't see it but you know it's there.

Power of Love

God's grace teaches us how to live righteously - (Titus 2:11-12)

"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should
live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.

God's Grace

God's grace is the most perfect example of love, unselfishness, and compassion. Never has there been anyone more perfectly justified
in delivering... well...justice. And, we are equal dissevering of that justice. And the justice that we deserve is death. Yet, God
offers us life. He offers us life eternal in Heaven. So, if you are looking for someone to model your life after, it's Jesus.





Gospel artiste - Ryan Mark - 'God Have Mi Bak'

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papa_san_gospel_jesus_God.jpgIt's often been said that music is the universal language. And, if that's so, no one speaks it better than Papa San. He opens his latest release, the astonishing, compelling, arresting Real & Personal, with a question that almost teases the listener to try and answer it. "Is it rock?/Is it roll?/Is it reggae?" Papa San asks, as machine-gun volley of percussion, crunching metal guitars and synths pound into play on the sizzling "More Life."

And, of course, the answer is simply, "Yes! All of the above." But the trip has only begun. It would be more accurate to just say it’s international, Jamaican, "new-school" Dancehall superstar, Papa San: back, bold, and in your face like never before. With a sound completely his own-and constantly evolving-Papa San stretches Gospel to places only he could take it.





Judy Mowatt Bath, St. Thomas Project - Led by God

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JudyMowatt_gospel.jpgIn the year 2003, Judy Mowatt was led by God to stage her birthday celebration with the people of Bath, St. Thomas in the form of a health fair Christmas treat. In addition, to culminate with a grand gospel concert with the most current, anointed ministers in the industry.

The directive from God was specific, but not having a family member or friend from the area, sister Judy had to seek advice from key people in the community. She recalls her only link to the town of Bath,

"The hot spring situated above the Bath Fountain Hotel has medicinal and healing properties and it is also one of my cooling out spots."

Walking by faith and obedience to God, you're able to produce and fulfill the purpose.

This project is entitled, "JUDY MOWATT'S BIRTHDAY BASH."





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Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica; AngelinZion has loved singing from the very early years. Some notable accomplishments includes singing at the 'Prudential Insurance Academy of Honor' in Toronto Canada; singing on two albums with 'Andy Miller & The New Horizon Singers - Touching You & Onwards'; and being the founder and leader of the acappella quartet group "Praisers with a purpose".





Judy Mowatt for 'Gospel Extravaganza Explosion'

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JodyMowatt.jpgGospel singer Judy Mowatt is now in the United Kingdom where she will be performing at a concert in London called 'Gospel Extravaganza Explosion'. The show's promoter is Bishop C. Morgan, who had been a reggae show promoter for over 17 years doing mega-concerts with Bob Marley and the Wailers, and even Shabba Ranks.

"I am really looking forward to this show, these are exciting times and when I go to minister, I always wonder what God will be doing to win over new souls with my ministry. I am also looking forward to seeing my friends from the Marley and the Wailers days. Some of my friends are now Christians, and the others who are not will always be my forever friends," she told YardFlex.com.

The show, which will be held on September 23rd at the 249 East India Dock Road in Poplar, London, will also feature exciting new gospel voices such as DJ Nicholas and Kerron Ellis.





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Prodigy_GospelMusic_PapaSan_JudyMowatt.jpgIf you want to find Prodigy, you have to ambush him at the Herbal Life on Braemar Avenue where he hangs out everyday.

"I like it here, I can do my meditation on the word right here in this quiet atmosphere, and drink a tea and shake, it's a healthy thing for my immune system," he told YardFlex.Com.

He is wearing a black shirt with the words 'A blood donor saved my life' emblazoned on the front and Mathew 26:28 (This is my blood of the covenant....) printed on the back. He wears silver jewellery.

He is one of the new faces leading the reggae gospel charge in Jamaica.

So songs like 'Every Morning' and 'Sin No More' came out of particular struggles that I had, while other songs like I Love You Lord featuring Crissy D came out of worship and quiet time being spent with God."

The Chosen Prodigy is currently being distributed by Caribbean Gospel.

Shows in England, St. Maarten, and the Turks and Caicos, and Canada in August.

"Reggae gospel is still on the rise and it's getting bigger especially in the wider Caribbean. The UK is one of those markets that is showing a lot of potential as well.





 

The presiding judge at the carnal abuse trial of international televangelist
Reverend Dr Paul Lewis this morning ruled that the pastor has a case to answer.

Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey's ruling follows a no-case submission made by
Lewis' lawyer, Keith Bishop, yesterday.

The attorney will now have to mount his defence to the seven-member jury.
The Crown has already closed its case at the trial.
Allegations are that in June 2009, Lewis met a 15-year-old girl at a church
convention in Little London, Westmoreland, where he was a guest preacher.

The pastor allegedly exchanged telephone numbers with the girl and, in a
subsequent meeting, took her and a 14-year-old female companion with him on a 
trip to Clarendon.
he Crown is alleging that, on their return to Westmoreland, the girls spent the
night with him at his Negril hotel.

There was a subsequent police investigation and the pastor was charged with
carnal abuse.

Lewis remains behind bars as his $300,000 bail was revoked.
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Harold Camping in 2008

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OAKLAND, Calif. - A California preacher who foretold of the world's end only to
see the appointed day pass with no extraordinarily cataclysmic event has revised
his apocalyptic prophecy, saying he was off by five months and the Earth
actually will be obliterated on Oct. 21.
Harold Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to
heaven Saturday before catastrophe struck the planet, apologized Monday evening
for not having the dates "worked out as accurately as I could have."
He spoke to the media at the Oakland headquarters of his Family Radio
International, which spent millions of dollars_ some of it from donations made
by followers -- on more than 5,000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the
Judgment Day message.
It was not the first time Camping was forced to explain when his prediction
didn't come to pass. The 89-year-old retired civil engineer also prophesied the
Apocalypse would come in 1994, but said later that didn't happen then because of
a mathematical error.
The globe will be completely destroyed in five months, he said, when the
apocalypse comes. But because God's judgment and salvation were completed on
Saturday, there's no point in continuing to warn people about it, so his network
will now just plays Christian music and programs until the final end on October
21.
Camping offered no clues about Family Radio's finances Monday, saying he could
not estimate how much had been spent advertising his prediction nor how much
money the nonprofit had taken in as a result. In 2009, the nonprofit reported in
IRS filings that it received $18.3 million in donations, and had assets of more
than $104 million, including $34 million in stocks or other publicly traded
securities.
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Mary Mary


Gospel In Harmony, a gospel showcase featuring some of the very best acts in the
genre, will be staged by Premier Events on Sunday at the National Arena in
Kingston, Jamaica.
Popular international gospel duo, Mary Mary, will be headlining the event and
they will be joined onstage by Thrillers United, Prodigal Son, One Voice and the
Kencot Youth Choir.
According to a spokesperson for Premier Events, "We recognise that there is a
plethora of reggae and dancehall concerts on the island and, for that reason,
Premier Events has taken the bold step to inject a breath of fresh air into the
mix, with a cutting-edge gospel event catering to the entire family.
"The success of gospel shows, such as the recently concluded Fun in the Son,
points to a dire need for more family-oriented events such as Gospel In
Harmony."
Sister act Mary Mary will undoubtedly prove a huge drawing card, as their
contemporary, cross-over hits have garnered for them millions of fans worldwide,
both within and outside of the gospel arena.
Ever since the siblings - Erica and Tina Campbell - broke through in 2000 with
the pioneering crossover hit Shackles (Praise You), the chart-topping sister act
has not wavered from defying convention to fulfil its mission: sending uplifting
messages through music and words that are relatable to everyone.
Eleven years later, having earned three Grammy Awards, two American Music
Awards, an NAACP Image Award and a BET Award, the 'Mary Mary way' sounds just as
fresh and innovative on the duo's sixth album, aptly titled Something Big.
Among Mary Mary's popular numbers are Can't Give Up Now, Yesterday and Heaven
and The Real Party.
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Gospel artiste challenges Kartel

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Gospel artiste Dwayne Jackson has penned a song challenging dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel to change his lifestyle, consider the repercussions of what he is doing and to seek Christ.
Jackson told the media that he wanted to make a serious statement, because Kartel needs to realise he is not a god.
He holds no bars in criticizing Kartel, addressing various issues from 'bleaching' through to his influence on young men, the explicit photographs, and his alleged freemason membership.
Kartel, has definitely hit a few bad chords with persons in the music fraternity with regards to comments he made defending the bleaching of his skin.
Several dancehall artistes have hit out both directly and indirectly at Kartels dramatic transformation as well as comments he made in the latest issue of Vibe magazine where he said, "I'm my own man, and as such I do my own thing. When black women stop straightening their hair and wearing wigs and weaves... when people stop getting nose jobs and cosmetic surgery then I'll stop using the 'cakesoap' and we'll all live naturally ever after."








Pastoral minister and accomplished singer Carlene Davis, after receiving seven nominations earlier this year, walked away the winner in the 'Best Vocal Performance' category for her rendition of 'After All I've Been Through' from her latest album 'True Worship' at the recently concluded Marlin Awards in Nassau, Bahamas.

The categories she was nominated in include, 'Adapted Reggae Recording of the Year', 'Album of the Year', 'Engineered Recording Of the Year', 'Packaging of the Year', 'Reggae Vocal Performance of the Year - Duo/Group' and 'Traditional Vocal Performance - Female'.

An elated Davis expresse her gratitude for the acknowledgement and thanked her family and everyone who played a role in her life, which she has cited as the continued thrust that keeps her going. The Marlin Awards recognises and honours outstanding achievement in Caribbean gospel music.

Following the award show, the gospel songstress departed for New York City where she was joined by compatriot Papa San and Jabez.

There she visted a number of radio stations to campaign for the 2011 Best Dressed-sponsored Fun In The Son concert, scheduled for March 19, 2011 at the University of The West Indies, Mona Bowl. -From there it was into Dominica for the week-long Apostolic Prophetic Conference.





Gospel Queen Albertina Walker is dead

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Gospel Queen, Albertina Walker, died early this morning in Chicago, a report from Martin’s International stated.

“The internationally known Queen of Gospel and former member of The Caravans gospel group, Albertina Walker died at approximately 4:30am this morning with her grand-daughter Tina at her bedside.

The Queen was hospitalized hours before her annual Scholarship concert in August. She has been known for several gospel hits, but one that stays with us always is I'm Still Here, “ the release said.

Ephraim Martin of Martin’s International, stated, “On behalf of my wife Justice Shelvin Hall and staff/associates of Martin's International, our condolences go out to our senior associate Sherrilinda (Tina) Nance, her son Jordan and her mother; also to Pam Morris, Sheila and other family members of our dear Queen Albertina Walker-Brooks. She will always be "Still Here" in our hearts






Stop extorting schools, Holness message to thugs

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Dem people ya really a gwaan bad you know. Imagine preying on students. The government needs to send a strong message.

The Ministry of Education has stepped up the auditing of accounts of several schools in the wake of reports that community dons are targeting Principals as part of extortion rackets.

A tough-talking Andrew Holness, Education Minister, issued a stark warning to racketeers that no attempt will be spared, to stop the shake-down of public schools

Mr. Holness pointed to an instance in which a school principal was fired after he submitted fictitious documents to the ministry for salary payments being made to teachers who did not exist.

This was so he could pay extortionists.

The minister did not name school or the principal involved in the scheme.

“I’m saying to the community dons, leave our schools alone. I’m saying to them, don’t encourage any gangs in our schools … I’m saying to them, respect our teachers … don’t rob our schools,” Mr. Holness said while addressing teachers and administrator of the Steer Town Academy, following a tour of the Mansfield Primary School, a new $200 million educational facility in St. Ann, set to open next month.





Buy yuh patwah Bible tiday

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The first book of the patois version of the Holy Bible goes on sale today.

The creative minds behind the controversial project to translate the Bible into patois -- and which is costing millions of dollars -- launched the Book of Luke in patois yesterday at the Portmore Gospel Assembly in Passagefort.


The service was conducted in the Jamaican creole and the Bible Society of Jamaica seems pleased with their project. There will be a public education drive to sensitize the public and help them to read the patois Bible.

The expected completion date of the entire Bible into Jamaican Creole is 2012, to coincide with Jamaica 50 Independence celebrations.
The entire Patois Bible is expected to be completed in 2012 when Jamaica celebrates its 50th anniversary as an independent nation.

The Bible Society said it hopes to that the project will inspire Christians to be more "confident and mature" in their faith, as some are still challenged to worship in a way that is culturally relevant and authentic.





Carlene Davis thrills, saves souls in Canada

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Minister and gospel singer Dr. Carlene Davis thrilled thousands in Canada last week at the renowned Revival Time Tabernacles in Toronto, delivering another spiritually charged performance to the large gathering as the specially invited guest of Bishop Dr. Audley James, the church’s presiding pastor.

This postdates her recent trip to the African continent, where she and husband Tommy Cowan ministered in Uganda saving many lives while imparting the teachings of Christianity.

Now back in the island, Dr. Davis last Wednesday attended the launch of Denbeigh at the Hi-Pro Ace Supercentre in White Mall, St. Catherine.

Where she met with various executives to discuss the way forward for the upcoming Denbeigh Gospel Extravaganza, slated for August 1, 2010.

In attendance at the launch where Committee Chairman Senator - Norman Grant, Leon Mitchell - Marketing and Sales Promotion Executive at The Jamaica National Building Society, Glendon Harris - President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, Dr. Christopher Tufton - Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan White - Head of Marketing at Digicel Jamaica, Christopher Levy - President of the Jamaica Boilers Group among others.

The annual Agricultural Show will be staged at the Denbeigh Showground in Clarendon from July 31 to August 2 under the theme "Eat What We Grow and Grow What we Eat".

Meanwhile, Dr. Davis and her husband are due to return to Canada on August 2, for the Revival Time Tabernacles annual gospel concert alongside fellow Jamaican acts Judith Gayle and Papa San.





Stories behind the hymns

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On March 40, 1858, over 5,000 men gathered for a mass meeting sponsored by the YMCA. Young Dudley Atkins Tyng, bold, fearless and uncompromising, preached from Exodus 10:11, “Ye that are men, go and serve the Lord.”



Over 1,000 of the men were converted; the sermon was called “one of the most successful of the time”; the entire city was being aroused; a religious awakening was gaining force.

The next week Tyng returned to his family in the country



On Tuesday, April 13,1858, he was witnessing the operation of a corn-thrasher in his barn. Raising his arm to place his hand on the head of a mule which was walking up the inclined lane of the machine, the loose sleeve of his morning gown was caught between the cogs.





Introducing gospel singer Charmin Blake

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Hailing from the parish of Clarendon gospel singer Charmin has had a love for music from as far back as she remember. She began singing at an early age in church and it was not surprising that after finishing high school she gave her life to the Lord and was baptised in the New Testament Church of God. There she got involved in various groups, taught Sunday School and was a choir director for the adult and children choirs.


“It was through this I gained the opportunity to sing at most churches in the community, at gospel concerts and weddings,” she shared.


In June 2004, Charmin migrated to Connecticut in the States there she joined the Triumphant Church of God under the leadership of Bishop Joel Willis. With a passion for ministry she became an active member of the church, ministering, singing and directing various choirs.





In Times Like These

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During the fearful days at the height of World War II, this comforting hymn was written.


In the midst of a busy day as a housewife, Ruth Caye Jones felt a direct inspiration from the Holy Spirit. She stopped her work to quickly put down both words and music, just as they were given to her by God.


Since that day the hymn has been a blessing to countless Christians at special times of need. It has brought comfort during illness, has been used widely at funerals, has encouraged and challenged Christian workers, and has drawn many to salvation.


Mrs. Jones experienced for herself the consolation the words of the song could bring as she spent time recovering form serious surgery a few years after it was written.
Kenneth W. Osbeck





Gospel Vibes Radio spreading its wings

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A dream realized is how Delroy Lingo would describe the Gospel Vibes Radio station which has taken off like a rock since its official launch almost a year ago.
With over 12 syndicated stations and more to come on stream, Lingo could not be happier about its success.
“All the feedback we have been getting are positive...some of the comments we get is that it reminds them of back home in Jamaica, listening to radio on a Sunday,” the Connecticut-based host of Gospel Vibes told yarflex.
Host and founder of Gospel Vibes Radio, Delingo says his aim is to promote and elevate new and upcoming gospel artistes and gospel music to the next level, and to preserve the traditional gospel music heritage.
Gospel Vibes Radio has been a long time dream of Delingo who have spent the last three decades in broadcasting Caribbean programmes.





Rescue the Perishing

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Fanny Crosby was sixty years old when she visited Chicago’s Bowery Mission for the first time in 1880. She little dreamed that it would provide the inspiration for one of her most popular religious poems.
When asked to speak at the close of the service, she rose and said, “There may be a man her who has gone as far as a man can go. If he is present, I want to shake hands with him.” A man did come forward, and finally accepted Christ as Saviour.
Following that initial visit, Fanny Crosby brought many lost souls back into the joy of the Kingdom of God. On another evening that same year she gave this invitation, “If there is a lad here who has wandered from his mother’s Christian teachings, I would like to pray with him at the altar at the close of the service.”





Shall We Gather at the River?

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In July 1864, Robert Lowry, a Baptist minister, was tired and began thinking of future things, especially of the gathering of the saints around God’s throne. He began to wonder why so many had written so much of the river of death and so little of the river of life. A hymn began to take form, first as a question, “Shall we gather at the river?”


Then came the answer, “Yes, we’ll gather at the river.”
With his heart full of these thoughts, he seated himself at his parlor organ, and both the words and the music of the famous hymn came to him as if by inspiration.
Soon, the words and music to this famous hymn were completed.





Hymn Stories

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The gifted Christian musician Joseph T. Webster was often tormented by deep feelings of depression.



On one occasion, when he was in a melancholy mood, he received a visit from his close acquaintance Fillmore Bennett.



Knowing that one way to keep Webster from brooding over his problems was to interest him in writing a hymn tune, Bennett decided he’d try to pen some lyrics that would direct his friend’s thoughts heavenward.





Interesting hymn stories

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This beautiful hymn was penned by a former slave trader John Newton. One night while attempting to steer the ship through a violent storm, he experienced what he was to refer to later as his “great deliverance.” He recorded in his journal that when all seemed lost and the ship would surely sink, he exclaimed, “Lord, have mercy upon us.” Later in his cabin he reflected on what he had said and began to believe that God had addressed him through the storm and that grace had begun to work for him.


For the rest of his life he observed the anniversary of May 10, 1748 as the day of his conversion, a day of humiliation in which he subjected his will to a higher power. “Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; ’tis grace has bro’t me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.” He continued in the slave trade for a time after his conversion; however, he saw to it that the slaves under his care were treated humanely.





Daily Word — Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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Prosperity
DailyWordNovMagcover.jpgMy life is blessed as I give and receive from the abundance of Spirit.
In the coming days, there may be several opportunities to exchange gifts with special people in my life. The gifts I've chosen and prepared reflect my love and appreciation for them. Person-to-person, I share with others from the abundance of Spirit that is freely given and gratefully received.
Presents and cards, cookies and crafts are symbols of thoughtfulness and love. But my experience of prosperity continues and extends even deeper than the objects and the symbols. As I give and receive from an awareness of God's ever-expanding abundance, my life is blessed.
The love I share, the good wishes I extend, and the satisfaction I feel heighten my appreciation for all life. As I
give and receive from the heart, I am fulfilled.


"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap."—Luke





Daily Word — Monday, December 22, 2008

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Joy
DailyWordNovMagcover.jpgMy heart is open to the joy of the Christ.
As I look forward to celebrating the birth of the Christ Child, I take time to deepen my understanding of this sacred event and the meaning it holds for me.

Through His life, Jesus taught about our own spiritual nature. He showed by example how to honor the Christ qualities, qualities of perfection that are inherent within all.

I embrace each of the Christ qualities of love, life, light, and peace. I ponder their meaning and the ways I can express them more fully. In Scripture, the angel's announcement of joy encourages me to explore the perfection that brings me happiness. I am open to new experiences. With enthusiasm, I celebrate and give thanks for the joy of the Christ that inspires a life of vitality, harmony, and freedom.

"The angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid; for see--I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.' "--Luke 2:10





The Levy's gospel heritage continues

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By: Joan Wilson

Ovando Levy_edit.jpgLubert Levy took the top prize in the JCDC's gospel competition in 2004. Four years later his son Ovando is a finalist. It is left to be seen whether he will repeat his dad's achievement.

From as far back as he can remember Ovando has always enjoyed a fascination for singing, he has been doing it since the age of three. In fact he has entered the Tastee Talent Contest on more than one occasion with his siblings under the banner Levy's Heritage.

Ovando said that in 2005 his dad got a revelation from the Holy Spirit that Levy's Heritage would be a group to be reckoned with and since then, he along with his brother Oneil and sister Oshin took Levy's Heritage on the road, performing at churches, concerts and just ministering the word in songs. The group eventually won the Canadian MAJA Award in 2006.





New internet gospel station coming

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By: Joan Wilson

delsmall.jpgFormer Love FM disc jockey Delroy Lingo who is now based in Connecticut will be launching an Internet Gospel station called Gospel Vybz and that mission will be the fulfillment of a dream for the radio jock.

Delingo who had a one on one with YardFlex shared that while being on air in Connecticut he was frustrated by lack of outlet for the traditional Caribbean gospel. And it was there that the dream was laid on his heart to create a station that would be the avenue to play those kinds of songs.

So five years ago he started buying the essential equipment he would need, now he is in sight of that vision.

Later on this month in at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church in Portmore he will be officially launching the Internet site. "The internet gospel station will be streaming live gospel shows, church services and playing your favourite traditional gospel music along with the modern ones," Delingo as he is popular called in the gospel arena told YardFlex.





jaygospelfest3.JPGThe hills came alive with the sound of music as international gospel reggae artiste, Jason Mighty launched his debut album, CORNERSTONE at the 16th annual Barbados Gospelfest. Commencing the charged performance with songs such as - "Wanna Know", "Da Vinci Code" and "One Soul" - Jason shocked the crowd into a spirit-filled frenzy.

"I have been waiting a whole year for this," one female patron screamed as she waved a copy of Jason's debut album, "I am not leaving this place until I get my copy signed!" On viewing the artiste's merchandise table, hundreds of fans could be seen vying for copies of the highly demanded album. "The company [Daystar Promotions] brought in over several hundred copies of the album for Gospelfest, and they all sold out within three hours," said a Daystar representative. Many patrons were so desperate for music from the 27 year old singer, that they began asking if there were promotional discs for sale.





Junior Tucker is not turning back

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junior_tucker_edit.jpgHe admits; Only God can get the credit for all that has taken place in the extraordinary life of Junior Tucker.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he began singing at the age of 5. At age 7 he became a household name in his country performing his first #1 song "Happy" and also began traveling internationally. Without a shadow of doubt everyone knew being on stage was what he was born to do.

With tremendous success, he navigated his way through three international recording contracts which have literally taken him across the world. He has toured throughout the United States, UK, Japan, Mexico and the Caribbean. At 12 years old he was signed to Island Records and at 14 he had a recording contract with Geffen Records, USA. At 23 he signed to Virgin Records, UK. In 1991 Junior was released from Virgin and returned to his roots to pursue a career in Jamaican Dancehall Music.

Dancehall brought its accolades, number one songs, Singer of the Year titles and a high profile lifestyle. As time progressed his life became far from 'Happy'. Despite so called fortune and fame, behind the scenes his life was in pieces, spent chasing the next hit song to stay on top and fill the void.





Kirk Davis now on the alleluia side

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By: Joan Wilson

kirk_davis_08.jpgDuring his reign with the Shocking Vibes crew, Kirk would thrill his many fans with love songs but in the quiet hours he would be tortured with the thoughts that his soul was not alright with the Lord. "Sometime I would toss and turns, cause I know that if I should die my soul would not be ready," he told YardFlex.

Then three years ago, the demand to make things right in his life became overwhelming as Kirk said he was lying in his bed one night in New York and reflecting and the thought came to him that he need to let go of all other vibes and put God first, there is no repentance in the grave. Still he resisted the urge and continued to do his secular songs, it was a constant battle, but somehow he managed to put the conviction aside as he did shows in Japan, the Caribbean, Europe and other places.





Dobby Dobson

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By: Joan Wilson

dobby-01.jpg"Life was one big bowl of jello and condensed milk...my conscience was clear, I harboured no bad feelings towards anyone, I was being in tune with the universe. I left Jamaica to reside in New York away from family and most close friends, so my 'friends' were now my new associates or people I had not seen in a long time...and I casually got drawn into a lifestyle that was foreign to me. Night clubs had been a part of my life in Jamaica, what with me having sung with a dozen bands for most of my life, but New York after hour joints were different. These places opened after most legitimate niteries closed, and stayed open into the next day...mostly run without licenses, they catered to a different crowd...into which I assimilated myself. Liquor flowed, drugs prevailed and ladies were easy. It was nothing to find yourself sneaking out of the joint to find the sun high in the sky," were the earnest words of singer Dobby Dobson to YardFlex as he spoke about his rise from hitting rock bottom by the saving power of Jesus Christ.

Today, Dobby his using his experience to witness to thousands and seeing them experience the kind of change he has too. But that change didn't just happen overnight, the catalyst started in 2000 when his mother died. According to Dobby a wave of depression came over him. When he returned to New York the sadness was still with him and no amount of girls or drugs could make him feel any better.





Jason Mighty - a real gospel revolutionary

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jason_might.jpgReggae music possesses the undisputed ability to touch the spirit, the soul and the body regardless of face, creed, color or nationality. Singer, songwriter, Minister Jason Might, (his real name), is revolutionizing reggae praise and worship with his soulful ballads and uplifting praise tunes. Blending smooth, distinct vocals with musical hooks and slurs that can appease the most discerning listener; Jason imparts a glimpse of a genuine relationship with his Savior to the forefront of his songs.

Born in the sun-rich island of Jamaica, to a musically inclined mother, Jason grew up hearing the time tested, sacred hymns that are near and dear to many of our hearts. When asked about his inspiring musical talent he states, "In the year 2000 God gave me a mandate to preach hope and salvation through my music; be it on dancehall or roots reggae rhythms. The message is the same that has been spread by our Savior himself. I simply sing the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ." Confirming his status as a minister, Jason was also ordained as a music minister and a deacon at his home church, New Life Assemblies Church of God.

This year, Jason released his debuted album entitled "Cornerstone". His hard work did not go unnoticed by his peers and the industry, as he was awarded the Best Gospel Collaboration award at the 2008 Reggae Academy Awards. He was then nominated at the 2008 Flame Awards for Best Foreign Recording Artiste and Best Foreign Gospel Recording of the year.





JCDC Gospel Finalist Chosen

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edit_jamaica_flag_large_1.jpgAfter several grueling rounds of elimination, the ten finalists that will compete in the 2008 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song Competition have been selected. Over three hundred aspiring gospel artists auditioned in Kingston, St. Catherine, Manchester, St. Mary and St. James, all with original entries.

The JCDC then invited those participants with completely original songs to participate in an elimination round. From the elimination round, 25 semi finalists were selected and invited to compete in a private session for a spot in the finals.





Marvin Sapp stays at Gospel's top

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Marvin Sapp.jpgMarvin Sapp's blockbuster CD continues its momentum and this week reclaims the number one spot on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums Chart. Released July 3, 2007, "Thirsty" has been in the number one position longer than any other Gospel CD released in the last year.

The powerful hit single "Never Would Have Made It" has made history as the longest number one song at Gospel radio. The song is currently Number one at Gospel radio, where it has been for 29 weeks. "Never Would Have Made It" is also tied as the second longest number one radio single across all formats.

With a recent surge of airplay at Urban Radio, "Never Would Have Made It" is number 13 on the Urban AC Chart and is in rotation at such stations as WMMJ (Washington), WBLS (New York), WRNB (Philadelphia), WWIN (Baltimore), KJLH (Los Angeles), WMXD (Detroit), WVAZ (Chicago) and more. Additionally, "Never Would Have Made It" is one of Sony BMG's top 20 selling ringtones. Marvin Sapp will perform "Never Would Have Made It" on the Dove Awards Wednesday, April 23. He received a Dove Award nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year.





A family singing praise together

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the_murrills.jpgA unique family of talented vocalists and instrumentalists, The Murrills are endowed with the ability to reach and rebuild broken spirits through the ministries of song and prayer. With an amazing chemistry that can only be shared between six close knit siblings, The Murrills have already wowed audiences through their work with the famed Tri-City Singers. Their debut CD "Family Prayer" is being released June 3, 2008 on Zomba Gospel. "Family Prayer" is produced by Grammy Award winner Donald Lawrence, who first worked with the group as part of his celebrated choir The Tri-City Singers.

Comprised of Darwin, Damion, Donnell, Andre, Roger and sister Arnetta – who was a featured Tri-City lead vocalist - The Murrills, guided by their mother, began singing together as children and "Family Prayer" is replete with songs that bring to life the old adage "the family that prays together, stays together." Their music beautifully emphasizes the love and strength, ups and downs of family, with faith and togetherness being the central themes.





kirk_franklin_08.jpgKirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and The Mighty Clouds of Joy join the New York Tri-State for McDonald's Gospelfest 2008. The mega music festival returns on June 14, 2008 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

McDonald's Gospelfest is a talent competition that features choirs, steppers, praise dancers, soloist, rappers and poets. Rising stars will compete in a variety of categories and share the stage with Gospel's finest.

Celebrity Gospel artists include Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir, Byron Cage, Vicki Winans, and Cissy Houston. Emmy Award winning A. Curtis Farrow has been tapped to produce and direct the festival.





Get ready for 'Opry At The Doves'

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dove_awards_08.jpgAmerican Idol previous finalists Phil Stacey, Mandisa and Chris Sligh; Dove Award Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant with country icon Wynonna; 19Recordings/Jive Recording Artist Jordin Sparks; Ricky Skaggs and The Whitesand Point Of Grace with Cindy Morgan, are the latest performers added to the increasingly luminous line-up for the 39th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards telecast, according to the GMA and Gospel Music Channel (GMC).

Gospel and Christian music's biggest night of the year will take place
live on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry House and will be broadcast live nationwide on the Gospel Music Channel television network from 8 – 10pm EST. The Dove Awards will also be broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio on XM 32 "The Message."

Joining Skaggs, The Whites and Charlie Daniels with Third Day's Mac Powell, will be The Isaacs, Angella Christie, The Hoppers, Jeff and Sheri Easterand, Karen Peck and New River for an "Opry at the Doves" special performance.

Also performing will be 'New Artist of the Year' Nominees: 33 Miles, Brandon Heath, Group 1 Crew, Mandisa, Rush Of Fools and DeWayne Woods.





Get Ready for Valley Gospel Fest

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ASHLEYCleveland.jpgTop performers in modern gospel music will be on stage for the first-ever Valley Gospel Fest, slated for May 10 at the Louis and Sandra Berkman Amphitheater at the Historic Fort Steuben in Southwestern Ohio.

Organizers outlined festival details during a press conference Thursday at the Starkdale Presbyterian Church.

The performers, who will include three-time Grammy-Award winner Ashley Cleveland, Jonathan White, Curtis Lewis and the Aliquippa Church in the Round Gospel Choir, the Word of Life Singers, Seasons and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Choir, will be on hand for the free festival scheduled to run from noon to 7 p.m.

The concert, co-sponsored by the Starkdale Presbyterian Church and the Community Foundation of Jefferson County, will be a "huge event" for Steubenville and Jefferson County, according to Jody Glaub, board member of the Community Foundation of Jefferson County and a Starkdale Presbyterian Church elder.

"This is going to be a community-wide, ecumenical celebration," said Glaub, adding that local churches will be invited to participate. "I think this is a wonderful time to be having this. Everyone has been so positive about the event. It's going to be a wonderful Saturday afternoon."





Get ready for Women Empowerment Gospel Fest

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On The Rocks Entertainment, Inc. presents the Women Empowerment Gospel Festival at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. The event will be hosted by Juanita Bynum and will feature performances by a dynamic line up of Grammy Award winning artists including Yolanda Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar and The Clark Sisters.

In addition to musical performances, the Rev. Dr. Carl L. Washington, current officiating pastor of New Mount Zion Baptist Church located in Harlem, New York will be a special guest speaker. A host of celebrity speakers will join Rev. Washington in sharing positive and powerful messages for women of all spiritual backgrounds. The event will give women the opportunity to come together and highlight the efforts of some of the most non-vocal, yet obedient disciples of the Lord.





Gospel Charts this week

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Marvin Sapp.jpgReturning to the top of the Billboard Top Gospel Charts this week is Marvin Sapp's "Thirsty," ending WOW Gospel 2008's four week run at the top of the charts, as it moves down to the number two position for the week.

Kirk Franklin's "The Fight of My Life" holds on to the number three position as "Jesus" from Shekinah Glory Ministry maintains the number four spot. Israel & New Breed's "A Deeper Level" rounds out the week's top five. Other notable chart activity includes strong debuts from LaRue Howard with "How Great is Our God" - number 6 and Norman Hutchins' latest, "Spontaneous Praise: Vol. 1" -number nine.

In the world of radio, Marvin Sapp continues to dominate with his second consecutive week back at the top spot with "Never Would Have Made It." In total, this single has spent 28 weeks at the number one position. Kirk Franklin's "Declaration (This Is It!)" holds to the number two spot. "He's Done Enough" from Beverly Crawford sits at number three while The Clark Sisters' "Livin" takes the number four position. Ricky Dillard & New G round out the week's top five with "The Light."





Free will bring fresh appeal to Gospel

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Free2_.jpgFormer host of BET's 106 & Park, Free, will co-host the new Gospel Music Channel original series, Bobby Jones Next Generation, alongside the man who helped revolutionize gospel music as a creator, producer, director and performer, Dr. Bobby Jones.

The series will begin shooting in Atlanta next week and both performance heavyweights will share hosting duties of the hour-long show where merging artists will be showcased.

Gospel Music Channel, Atlanta-based Kingdom Come Productions and Dr. Jones will produce the new series together. The programme will be broadcast Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT with the series premiere set for Sunday, May 4.

Speaking to reporters, Dr. Jones said, "Free is the ideal choice to share the hosting role on our new GMC series. She is a seasoned television personality, brings a young demographic appeal, knows the new artist world well and is an emerging artist herself. She and I will compliment each other well and viewers will enjoy our pairing"

Before her career in television as host on 106 & Park, BET's number one rated show, Free began showing her talent as a budding rap artist in the early 1990's working with likes of the Wyclef Jean Refugee Camp, Lenny Kravitz, and Pras, and had record deals with Elektra and Motown records and also worked with Def Jam. Most recently, Free held the position of DJ on KKBT 100.3, The Beat music station in Los Angeles.





Billboard's Gospel Charts

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wow_gospel08.jpgFor the fourth consecutive week, "WOW" Gospel 2008 sits atop Billboard's Top Gospel Charts.

Marvin Sapp's "Thirsty" continues its strong run at the #2 position. "The Fight of My Life" from Kirk Franklin holds strong to this week's #3 spot and Shekinah Glory Ministry's, "Jesus" holds strong at #4.

Flame's "Our World: Redeemed" The Sequel debuts strong at #5. Other notable movements include Myron Williams solo debut "Made to Worship" at #9 along with DeWayne Wood's "Introducing DeWayne Woods" & "When Singers Meet," jumping from #23 to #18.

In the world of radio, Marvin Sapp's "Never Would Have Made It" returns to the #1 position after a four-week absence, replacing Kirk Franklin's "Declaration (This Is It!)" which moves to #2. "He's Done Enough" from Beverly Crawford holds strong to the #3 spot, as does The Clark Sisters' "Livin" at #4. Maurette Brown Clark's, "One God" rounds out the week's top five songs at #5.





Kerron Proves the Power in Praise

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kerron_ennis_edit.jpgKerron began singing at the tender age of eight years in Jamaica in her local church and thereon set her sights and ambition on becoming an instrument of music for the Lord. She has moved tens of thousand while touring the island with the Perpetual Team and at local churches and the accolades have started rolling in. Her ministry is being demanded locally and on the international scene.

Born, August 22, 1982, in the parish of St Andrew, she is the fifth child of Lascelles and Derisa Ennis and grew up in the Patrick City Community, where her artistic ability has captured the hearts of many. She has been the choir director for the Youth and Combined choirs of the Boulevard Church of the Nazarene and has received the commission from the Lord to sing and to make His praise glorious. Her dedication for the Lord is indelibly etched into her motto of Acts 20:24, "but none of these things moved me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God."

After entering the Jamaica Cultural Development's Gospel Festival in 2003 with the title song, "No Wonder," written by Clifton and Margaret Clarke, Kerron came in third place. She then became a well sought after alto singer. From this the musical stage of greatness was then set and Kerron has no intention of looking back.





Bloody Sunday' commemorated this weekend

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By: Elizabeth Smith

Bloody_Sunday1972.jpgThe 43rd anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' and a re-enactment of the Selma to Montgomery March is being commemorated this year between March 6 and 10.

Known as the Bridge Crossing Jubilee, this 15th annual staging will be graced by the presence of guests like: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Cornel West, Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, C.T. Vivian, Al Sharpton and Faya Rose Sanders and Martin Luther King III amongst many others.

The theme of this year's jubilee is "One vote, One Mic, One Movement: From Selma to Jena and Beyond."

In 1965, the Edmund Pettus Bridge was the scene of an attack on hundreds of voting rights marchers by law enforcement officials on what was later called, 'Bloody Sunday.'

Prompted by the removal of Black males from voting rolls by Alabama's Constitution of 1901, Blacks in Alabama fought hard for voting rights; one of the most valuable rights of any citizen.

Blacks struggled for this enfranchisement in a variety of ways in the 1950s and 60s, including: NAACP's legal strategies via the 1957 Civil Rights Act; voter education projects in 1965; mass meetings and rallies in Black churches that were often met with police violence including the notable killing of Jimmy Lee Jackson in 1965; hundreds of African Americans lining up at registrar offices attempting to register to vote and hundreds of voting rights activists being beaten and jailed by police.

In their quest to complete the march from Selma to Montgomery that openly and loudly protested against and defied laws forbidding them a vote, Blacks were forced to make several attempts:





Chevelle Franklyn to minister in the Bronx

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By: Elizabeth Smith

Chevelle-Franklyn-gospel.jpgChevelle Franklyn will headline Ebenezer's 75th Anniversary Gospel Concert in New York on Friday, April 14. The international multi-award winning singer of contemporary gospel masterpieces will join other 'ministers of the gospel through the arts,' including: Unconditional, The EPHN Temples of Praise Dancers and Choeur Magnificant.

Expectations are high for the concert, since Chevelle's humility, coupled with her exuberance and love for God have been a high source of inspiration around the world, according to the testimonies of many.

Ministering in song was a natural progression for Chevelle, whose own story of one day just deciding to make a change from super stardom on the secular scene, was a clear indication, that God is in control. In 1998, Chevelle felt, "tired of the empty way of life and hopelessness," and declared on stage during a concert, "I can't do this anymore." Chevelle said, "I did not hear a message or anything, but I felt the calling of God. I just broke down on the stage... I knew there was something better out there."

From singing Kirk Franklyn's "Silver and Gold" at that moment, Chevelle went on to a collaboration in 2000 with Papa San on his award-winning album, "Victory," that led to the beginning of a stream of awards starting with a Marlin Award for the track, "Touch From You."





Carlene Davis – batting for the Lord

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By: Joan Wilson

RAAJ_carlene_davis.jpgInternationally acclaimed Gospel recording artiste Carlene Davis is one of the most dynamic music ministers coming out of Jamaica. As this Caribbean Hall of Fame Awardee testifies in song, the powerful message of God's love flows through her, bringing hope and healing to the heart of the listener. God has truly anointed and appointed her to affect this generation and her mission is to bring deliverance and transformation to a hurting world through the ministry of music, thus fulfilling The Great Commission.

YardFlex can attest that she is well on her way in fulfilling this commission. Already she is being requested by quite a few Caribbean leaders to come and minister in their country.

For Carlene it's an opportunity she more than welcomes as she says each Caribbean island she has been to, through the power of God lives have been transformed.

She is sometimes amazed at the response she receives as she ministers ...but that's the Lord working through her.

Right now she is preparing for a Caribbean/European tour for the month of March.





United Church of Canada insults Reverend Daryl Gray

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By: Janice Dayle

daryl_gray.jpgCan a fine upstanding practicing Minister of religion be banned from visiting his former congregation? In Montreal some factions of the United Church of Canada are trying to do just that.

Reverend Daryl Gray who once held the position of Minister at the Union United Church, was sent a letter from David Clinker, Supervising Minister of Union United Church, stating that Gray's attending the funeral for the mother of one of his current church members in December 2007, was "in violation" of an agreement made between Gray and The Montreal Presbytery.

According to Clinker in the letter, Reverend Gray was, "not to enter the premises or to take part in the events of Union United Church." Clinker also stated in the letter that he "insist" that Gray follow the agreement made by the Montreal Presbytery, and that Gray is not allowed to enter the church building for any reason without Clinker's "expressed permission".





Stitchie puts "Real Life Story" on the global streets

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By: Joseph Cunningham

stitchie.jpgGospel deejay Stitchie has been spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through his music, with great intensity on the international scene.

Recently, he returned from the United States where he promoted his third album, titled "Real Life Story." The official release of the album took the form of a concert held at the Harvest Fire Worship Centre in Florida. There was also a live radio launch on Florida's Mystic 1400.

The album has 17 tracks, produced by the likes of Bobby Digital, Don McDowell, Shawn Brown and Rohan McDermott.

Stitchie says, "It is the best album I have done to date. The engineers were good. The concepts of the songs are just a review of my life, real issues with spiritual solutions."

Stitchie said the album was released in Jamaica last Tuesday. While here, he says he will be using the opportunity to promote the album and video for the title track. The video was shot in Spanish Town by Billy Yapp, who also directed Stitchie's "Fast and Pray." "It is very hardcore and dancehall to the max," Stitchie said.





JCee...Started from the very top!

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By: Joseph Cunningham

jcee.jpgHer face has become very prominent and it's not just a promotional campaign. The Jamaican Gospel singer, JCee was selected to be among the final 20 in a talent search hosted by world leading television network, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

The competition, called "The Next Big Thing," received entries from 88 countries. It was held late last year. Reflecting on the experience JCee said, "I did not follow up on my entry until the BBC called to say they liked the song. I told them a little bit about it, and. they called back to say I made top 20."

Since her phenomenal achievement, she admits, "I'm more known now. People have told me they heard the song on BBC radio." She added that her music features hardcore Dancehall and Reggae rhythms fused with various other genres.





DJ Nicholas passionate for Christ & music

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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.





Here comes the Gospel Evangelist

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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Kevin Downswell, the 2003 National Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Festival winner came to prominence with his original entry, "Praise." From the preliminary stages of that competition, Kevin had distinguished himself as the favourite to win with his professional voice control.

His performance in the competition was phenomenal, considering that he
only realized he could sing, at age 13.

Unlike many musicians, Kevin is not motivated by stardom, but instead, his passion is fuelled by the motto, "That Christ may increase and I
decrease." St. John 3 v 30.

In 2005 Kevin was appointed to the office of an Evangelist and graduated from the University of the West Indies with honors in Bio-Chemistry that same year. "I was commissioned by God to be a full-time minister during that period, and so I had dedicated myself in much fasting and prayer." He said seeking God at that time was very critical, because he had planned to become a Medical Doctor. "God had another plan," he added.





Kirk Franklin releases "The Fight of My Life"

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kirk_franklin.jpgOn December 18 Kirk Franklin, who is credited with revolutionizing gospel music, will release an exceptional collection of all new material.

"Carol and Michael are fighting for their marriage. Deborah
is fighting to keep from losing her mind. Jeff is fighting to keep
his home. David is fighting for his faith. Welcome to "The Fight of My Life," Franklin says of the CD titled with the same name.

The first single from the album, "Declaration (This Is
It!),"
is an upbeat and encouraging song that re-interprets the smooth-groove classic hit, "This Is It," co-written by
Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. It addresses surviving the everyday trials and tribulations through a positive declaration of one's purpose in life.

"This song is a statement that 'serves notice' on unnecessary
frustrations, relationships and circumstances that continue to attack
our life," says Franklin. "Unlike the children of Israel
who wandered in the wilderness, when we totally surrender to God,
what took 40 years, God 'can' fix in 40 minutes." Declaration (This
Is It!) is currently the #1 most added and #1 most increased airplay
at Gospel radio, and is also impacting urban radio.

After more than 15 years as the top selling, multiple Grammy
award-winning contemporary gospel artist, Kirk Franklin continually demonstrates that he is more than just an artist - he is a voice and a musical balm for his generation. "The Fight of My Life" is another display of the genius fusion of his positive message and urban beats that have made him a mainstay atop Billboard charts for more than a decade.





By: J. Koni

Shirley_caesar.jpgGospel singing legend, Shirley Caesar has released her 43rd album in her 40th year in music. The album is entitled, "Still Sweeping Through the City," a compilation of 12 of her favorite songs.

The album will feature the classic song, "Hold My Mule," that was released in 1987 and became a number one hit. It stayed on the Billboard Gospel Album Sales Chart for a 110 weeks.

"Hold My Mule was number one for 52 weeks on Billboard," she confesses. "Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could do that again with the new CD? We're just gonna wait and see what God is going to do."

Shirley revealed that she dusted off some of her rarer classics from the 1970s such as "Faded Rose" and a medley of "Peter Don't Be Afraid," "Nobody But You Lord" and "Teach Me Master." Also from that period is the heart-rending "How Many Will Be Remembered?"





Meet Bronx-based gospel artiste Dunamis

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By: Joan Wilson

Dunamis_gospel-artiste.jpgNow here is a gospel singer who has truly seen and done it all and is now on fire for Jesus. Through his mistakes he is now imparting the words to others so that they can avoid the same pitfalls.

Neil Hall aka Dunamis is on a mission to reach the world with the transforming message of the Power of God.

Born in Bull Bay, St Andrew he left Jamaica at the age of 10 then got "shipped back" to Jamaica on a one way ticket by my single mom who was out of her elements with his street activities of robbing and possessing and selling guns.

After returning to Jamaica he attended Kingston Technical for three years.

Strange as it might sound inspite of his street life on Sundays he would be in church and in the summer at church camp. He actually made an attempt to serve Christ in 1993 when he accepted the Lord as his
Saviour.

That didn't last he backslid the same year and lived the life of the prodigal son with riotous living as he says.

"My crew and I use to throw big sound parties and running women."

Soon Dunamis started taking an inward look at his life and realized it wasn't as fulfilling as he thought. That's when he asked the Lord to give him another chance to go back to the States and he promised to dedicate his life to Him.





Prodigal_son.jpgLike is the case with many young Jamaican males, his grandmother was his guardian, but when she died he "broke out".

Calvin Whilby aka Prodigal Son was educated in the admonition of the Lord by his grandmother, and she insisted that attending church was a way of life for him. Young Calvin accepted Christ at age 5, and continued through to age 13.

That was the age at which his grandmother died, and from thereon things went downhill for him...Prodigal's became rebellious and developed a 'don't care' attitude. It was no wonder with that attitude he relocated to Rema in Kingston, one of Jamaica's toughest inner-cities. In no time he was involved in gang and gun violence.

As Calvin put it, "I found protection and family in the gang."
Interestingly, the gang was called the "Fatherless Crew". Fortunately, he developed a longing for his heavenly father. He became convinced that the Lord loved him, when he realized that many of his "ragamuffin" colleagues were dying by the gun, but, he was still
alive.

After recommitting his life to Christ in 1998, he adopted his name after the biblical prodigal son and decided to use the gift of music God had given him to reach out to others.

Things looked up for him when he met musical genius and producer, Danny Browne who became not only his producer, but mentor and friend.

Prodigal Son has developed, and is now accepted as one of Jamaica's most prolific Gospel artiste.





OUTSTANDING GOSPEL MUSIC AWARD WINNING GROUP.

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GROUP SHAZE.jpgThe group SHAZE emerges with their landmark release album called "Praise Him" live at The Open Bible Community Church, 2610 N.W. 119th Street, Miami. The release features song like: "Every Nation," "Praise Him," "Blessed" and "Show Him."

Christian/Reggae/R&B recording artistes – SHAZE, the Outstanding Gospel Music Award winning group, is also recipient of the 2007 Hopeton Lewis Caribbean Gospel Music Award for Best Singing Group of the year. They were nominated for two outstanding music awards: Top Gospel Singing Group of the year and Top Gospel Song of the Year .

SHAZE brings a unique sound to the music industry with their Jamaican background. Under the spiritual influence of God, they spread the word through music. The uniqueness of their style draws many people to them. With many years of experience under his belt, producer and songwriter, Maurice "Brian" Gregory has influenced the group towards the success of their album. The album was inspired by the need to praise God regardless of life's circumstances.





Kareem counteracts negative forces with love

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Kareem picture.jpgMavado and other entertainers who glorify gangster lifestyles are those who Kareem vows to counteract!

He is a Gospel singer who believes that "word power" should not be discredited, and so he says the messages being delivered by "gangster artistes" have been unleashing the wrong spirit on the Jamaican society.

"I want to be an agent of change through my music, promoting love, peace and joy," he said.

Kareem is convinced that music which educates is the way to go, revealing that as a younger man he admired the gangster image as well. The 21 year-old said his involvement in the music world began from as early as age 8, when he would deliver solo performances in church, and at that same age his older brother exposed him to drumming.

August Town, the Jamaican community where Kareem lives is plagued by sporadic outbursts of violence and it is no surprise that his opinion about "message" is as it is! He says he has seeing his community torn apart by poverty and its most infamous side effect, violence.

Out of a desire to see his community and the wider society become a better place, he recorded "I will Give You Love Tonight." "That song was an effort to comfort the poor and needy through my music,' he confirmed.





Dreadlocked singer worships Jesus

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Ziggy_Soul_ALBUM_COVER[1].JPGZiggy Soul sports dreadlocks, the main symbol of Rastafarianism, but he is a devoted Christian. What does he mean by devoted? He does not worship the Rastafarian god, but praises Jesus.

His behavioural pattern was recognized by the Jamaican society as very strange, and this resulted in various unpleasant experiences . It is arguable that Jamaica is one of the most vibrant Rastafarian communities in the world, and so when Ziggy Soul sought to settle in a Christian place of worship, he was met with fierce resistance.

"During the period when I was seeking a place of worship, there were occasions when I was attacked physically, because of my locks. Some people told me they did not want me in their church," he said.

While he acknowledged that a deadlocked person claiming to be a Christian would not have been readily accepted by Jamaicans, he was and is still adamant that the way he looks does not determine who he is.

All these negatives were ongoing while Ziggy was walking the walk and talking the Christian talk. He had established a non-profit organization in Trench Town, which served the academic and social needs of the community. "I was giving of my time as a form of worship." Undoubtedly the neglect he had been receiving from some church organizations had insulted his sincerity.





JAI.jpgThe brand new release of the debut gospel album "Best Friend" by JAI a.k.a. Wayne Buchanan firmly keeps with the tradition of what gospel music is all about - vibrant, rhythmic and soulful. "Best Friend" conveys a sound that is upbeat with a holy feeling that transcends flavors and styles, from traditional reggae to dancehall rhythms plus R&B and Hip Hop sounds.

On first listening, a number of tracks from this 15 set collection jump out at you, such as the upbeat, "Shout Jah" wherein JAI sings soulful praises to Jesus. On "All I Need" he rides a forceful dancehall rhythm while on "Healing," "Show Some Love" and "Spend My Always" which features Tina James with some tuff traditional reggae rhythm, JAI's vocalizing is reminiscent of reggae's super group Morgan Heritage. R&B and Hip Hop presence are strong on "Love" the title track, "They Don't Know" and the combination "Coming Soon" witch features Dwayne Jackson.

JAI is an acronym for JESUS AND I, an appropriate name for this Christian artist who, from as early as 12 years old had been saved and started singing in the church. At age 15 he became the lead singer for the group 'Total Praise.' Continuing his upward mobility, JAI became a member of the established band 'C Sharp.' Not withstanding those experiences, it was the release of his hit single, "Cant Take My Lord," released on Johnnie Clarke's Marjohnmuzik label that signaled the rise of this glittering star.





Truly Blessed is Mystery Bless

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By: Joseph Cunningham


mystery_bless.jpg'Poor people fed up to how the system sheg-up, dem issue gun fi yuh pickney buss!' These are words from a song recorded by one of the most decorated artistes in Jamaica's secular music history, Bounty Killer.
The song examines a few of the challenges faced by youths in Jamaican inner cities.

Mystery Bless is a Gospel artiste who lived a life that epitomizes the Jamaican inner-city experience. He was christened Roger Linton and it is arguable that the line of the christening prayer, which says, " I now pronounce him a well blessed child," has certainly enforced a divine intervention in his life.

He grew up and still lives in Tavern, Papine. One of four sons overseen by his single mother; today he is one of two brothers still enjoying the privilege of "state freedom." His eldest brother was notorious in crime and is now deceased, while another who followed the notorious trail, is currently behind bars.

"Before accepting Christ I was fond of the thug lifestyle too. Lots of girls, parties and the guns were always visible to me," Mystery Bless recalls. He was also a Dancehall artiste, and admitted being influenced by Bounty Killer's music.





Dwayne Murphy reaches Gospel Charts

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By: J. Koni
murphy1.JPG"The Greatest Love of All" is for many folks, just a love song, however, for Dwayne Murphy it was the subject of his first live performance age of six. Years have passed and his love for singing grew along with his religious desires. His birth-name is Dwayne Dolton Murphy, and he grew in Papine, St. Andrew, Jamaica. The Gospel sensation has been touring the church circuit ministering to people and touching people lives with his ministry.

Murphy delivers various genres of music ranging from Hip Hop & R&B to Reggae and Dancehall. He is currently the lead singer on his church choir and also a praise and worship leader. In 2003, Dwayne joined forces with rapper "D.A.Jay" and subsequently Dizzle Lab Productions. Murphy has performed at major shows like Genesis 2006, Fun in the Son, Rise 2 Christ, and various gospel concerts and he also has ministered at Gospel Clubs such as Prayz House & Club Christendom.





kirkfranklin_promo05.jpgSold Out Ministries is committed to making a difference in the lives of Jamaica's Youth and they plan to use a new and intriguing project, 'Use-Aid' to do so. Mentoring young people through music and The Word, 'Use Aid' addresses the mission of Sold Out Ministries by its ability to change people’s lives – especially young people.

The brainchild of Paul and Dorrett Blake Sold Out Ministries reaches out to those in schools, hospitals and prisons. They also hold a street church. With the aim of "setting it right" Paul Blake said 'Youth Aid' will help young people shift they're focus of concentration from the rough and influential areas of sex, drugs and music that affect them negatively to more edifying issues.

'In trying to get across to youth the idea that - You've tried everything, now try Jesus - We include the development of opportunities for jobs as well as twelve scholarships to Youth Enhancement Services in Montego Bay.





Craig C makes his Debut performance

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IMG_4853.jpg100.jpgCraig C, christened Craig Chambers, was born in 1986 in the lively community of Portmore, where his Grandmother traditionally hosted musical events at her home on weekends, stimulating his love for music.

Inspired by Professor Nuts and Bob Marley, Craig C's fascination for music increased to the point where he developed his own style, becoming a Gospel Reggae DJ at age14. Influenced by the contagious dancehall culture, Craig indulged in lyrical clashes in the class room. "I would adjust secular rhymes and rhythms in order to provide a positive gospel message that had everyone’s interest at heart," he explained.





pat_francisgospel.jpgThe empowering ministry of Jamaican born Dr. Pat Francis, senior pastor of Kingdom Covenant Ministries in Toronto, Ontario reaches millions of people around the world every week by television, and daily through her easy to navigate website. Entitled "Washed By The Word," the television broadcasts aim to take the message and the mission of Jesus Christ to all nations and reaches people every week from all walks of life and from many different cultures.

Established in 1999, Pat Francis Ministries Inc. is a US and Canadian rooted charitable organisation that encompasses the media and missions arm of Kingdom Covenant Centre (KCC).

At their Toronto base, the KC Ministries is extensive, providing services for youth in addition to their full school program that sees children accessing wholesome and well rounded education.
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CarleneDavisjesus.jpgStanding in the ashes of a life that's been torn
Burned of all the things I held onto
Till the only thing I have left
Is the solid rock of you
"Standing In The Ashes"

In the midst of my affliction
I could have died without redemption
But through the power of the most High
I confess my sins and received Salvation
"Redeemed"

This excerpt from Carlene Davis's song "Standing In The Ashes" from her third gospel album, Redeemed is a synopsis of the journey that this now ordained minister of the gospel has taken.
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By: Janice Dayle

christgodgospel.jpgTennyison Walters of OFMB Records said, "It is about Our Father's Music Business, not our earthly, but our Heavenly Father," as he explained the acronym, OFMB. The company, Our Father's Music Business Record Company Inc., was founded by husband and wife Tennyson and Karlene Walters ten years ago with a focus on producing songs of worship and praise. Today, OFMB represents and produces music for an impressive roster of artists.

On June 2, 2007 OFMB did Their Father proud by winning The Caribbean Gospel Music Award (CGMA), for Top Album of The Year.

OFMB Presents: Reggae For Christ Volume 1, won the 2007 CGMA at a ceremony held in New York. Richard Greene Junior High School was buzzing with excitement on CGMA night, as were all the singers and musicians featured on this fifth OFMB Records release, that actually received four nominations for the CGMAs this year.
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Out of Eden says "yes" to God

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out-of-eden-gospel-jesus.jpgOut Of Eden, comprised of sisters Lisa Kimmey, Andrea Baca, and Danielle Kimmey. The magnificent gospel sisters group has five albums to their credit since debuting in 1994. With nearly one-and-a-half million albums sold, the group has merited numerous accolades such as the BMG Award for "Best Urban Album Of The Year" two years in a row, as well as two Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, with an additional 11 nominations. The siblings have toured extensively sharing the stage with icons such as Destiny's Child, The Pointer Sisters, Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans, and Kirk Franklin, and performed at various events including the Billy Graham and Franklin Graham Crusades, as well as Girls Of Grace teen conferences with Point of Grace.

Out Of Eden has enjoyed numerous successes on the television and movie front with songs used in UPN'S America's Next Top Model II, The WB Network's Dawson's Creek, Eddie Murphy's "Dr. Doolittle," Christina Aguilera's Diary, and The Chris Rock Show. The group also made an appearance on the primetime UPN show Moesha (starring Brandy). Born in Richmond, VA, between 1975 and 1980, the Kimmey sisters grew up on stage, performing as a support act for their mother, who is a classical pianist. Signed to the Gotee label by Joey Elwood and Todd Collins, Out of Eden delivered their first album Lovin' the Day in 1994. The album became a Christian Contemporary hit, and sparked the popular acclaim of the Kimmeys' second, 1996's More than You Know; No Turning Back followed in 1999 along with This is Your Life; Love, Peace, and Happiness, and now currently in stores is their new album The Hymns.
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"The Grace Thrillers has become a musical institution," says CEO and founder, Noel Willis. Founded in 1971, the group has chalked up an enviable list of achievements, and has built up a vast repertoire of songs that have inspired people throughout the years. The Grace Thrillers has attained international recognition, and has performed in countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and throughout the Caribbean.

While performing in North Carolina in the USA, the group was selected to appear on the famous "Bobby Jones Gospel" on BET, where their outstanding performance made an indelible impact on the audience. The group has an impressive line-up of achievements: 1984 Represented the Caribbean in the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) sponsored World Gospel Festival in Chicago, U.S.A. 1986 The Rainbow Production Award for being the most consistent gospel group and for the best gospel album. The Tibby's Auto Supplies Award for Spiritual Ministry through Music and Song. The Grace Thrillers has also won numerous awards from musical sponsors involved with the non-gospel genres: 1987 The Rockers Award for Best Gospel Album 1988 and 1992 The Jamaica Music Industry Award (JAMIA) for Best Performing Gospel Group. 1991 The Gospel Celebrations Award for its contribution and pioneering role in gospel music.
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GLACIA, a native of Jamaica, began singing locally at four years old which then led to national and international engagements. After high school, she participated in the discipleship and arts based programs with Youth with A Mission (YWAM) in Jamaica and Canada.

Glacia's ministry is extensive and she has brought hope to those in hospitals, prisons, schools as well as on the streets, the poor, she has worked with various churches and secular entities. Glacia has also been a participant of the Bob Marley International Reggae Day in Kingston Jamaica. Glacia's unique gifting has gained her audiences with a wide cross section of dignitaries and politicians became the first gospel artist invited to the Prime Ministers Private Gala in Jamaica.

An anointed, talented, writer, poet, composer, co-arranger, songwriter and worshiper, Glacia has worked closely with award winning producers of Jamaica: Jon Williams, Alex Martin Blankin, Dennis Rushton. As well as gifted and internationally acclaimed singers, songwriters and producers, Roby Duke, Terry Clarke, Robert Varnadore; Mark Brown; Robert D. Watson(Composer for film and Television )Carolee Mayne; Tommy Walker (Integrity Music). The renowned, Eddie Perez (who has worked with the likes of Ashanti) and Maurice Gregory (aka) Brian who has worked with Jamaica's first Stella Award winner; Papa San, Grammy winners Beenie Man; Shaggy, Kanye West; other reggae artists like Diana King and Wayne Wonder, just to name a few.
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Scenes from Unite The People

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Photos by: Carlington Wilmot

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dj-nicholas-gospel-kirk-franklyn-papa-san-chevelle-franklyn.jpgIn his early years, he was known as 'nameless' and produced dub plates for sound systems such as 'Nemesis and 'Flawless.' During this period, he began searching for his true identity. One night, he had a dream in which he saw fire falling from the heavens. In his dream, there was a Rastafarian in his house saying to him that he must know himself. As a result, he sought refuge in the Rastafarian faith believing that Selassie was God and became totally immersed in the Religion.

Knowing that he was raised in a Christian home, he prayed for God's guidance because he was confused about the path he was taking. While studying the bible intensely, he stumbled on Acts 4:12 which reads,"...There is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved." This 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.





Gospel artiste Moses takes refuge in Jesus Christ

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Kasim "Moses" Grant was born on November 29, 1980 to parents Andrea McLauren and Michael Grant. He grew up in the violent community called Rema Trench Town in the city of Kingston. Moses lost his father at a tender age. His father was one of the top gun men in the community who was killed by police in a shoot out. Moses life was not a bed of roses. His daily needs were hard to come by as his single parent mother fought to overcome poverty to satisfy her children. He grew up with the influence of Rastafarian faith around him, gang violence and the belief that there was no other way to rise above the odds.

Over greed of territory, war broke out with his community and several other communities around him. After three (3) years of ongoing violence and seeing some of his closest friends and neighbours being shot and killed, he felt that his life was in jeopardy, so he got involved in gang violence to protect himself and the people who were close to him. After shooting at men from the opposite side and shooting at the police when necessary sadness rains on the night of May 3, 1997 after Moses went to sleep about after Two (2) in the morning. His door was kicked off by gunmen from the opposite side of the community and was shot three (3) times. One bullet hit him in his head one in his stomach and one in his butt. He spent two weeks in the hospital, surviving a death that was sure. Moses knew then God had a calling on his life.





Kirk Franklin-Looking for you

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judy-mowatt-gospel-reggae.jpgAlthough the music business has seen hundreds of gifted female artists, there have been but a handful who compose their own music. JUDY MOWATT, who for years was a key member of BOB MARLEY'S I-THREES, is one of those rare women who control their artistic destiny. As a result, she has achieved an impressive chain of accomplishments. JUDY became the first female singer nominated for a GRAMMY in the category of reggae music when her 'WORKING WONDERS' LP was nominated in 1985. She was the first female reggae artist to appear on LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, when she made her solo debut that same year. Her LP 'BLACK WOMAN,' is considered by many critics to be the greatest reggae LP done by a female artiste, and it was the first reggae LP recorded by a woman acting as her own producer.

Being committed to meaningful lyrics, JUDY became a renowned advocate for women's issues, spiritual inspiration and African liberation. The song, 'LOVE - IS OVERDUE,' that is featured on her album, made her the first female reggae singer to score a major American popular hit. With her magnificent voice, fertile composing talent and stunning beauty, JUDY has all the ingredients necessary to continue taking her trend - setting music even further into the international arena.





Stitchie - gospel reggae

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Chevelle Franklyn - 'I can't do this anymore...

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Chevelle-Franklyn-gospel-jamaica.jpgChevelle Franklyn is without doubt one of the most outstanding Ministers of Music to have arrived on the gospel music scene over the past seven years. Her energy as a performer, insight as a songwriter/producer, vocal capacity as a singer, and her anointing as a worshiper has ensured her success as a leading, international, multiple award-winning Psalmist. Chevelle recorded her first work 'Here I Am' at the tender age of 14. Nurtured by some of the top names among Jamaica's music producers, Chevelle soon marked out a distinctive territory in Jamaica's dancehall culture scene.

Her future took a rosy turn and she recorded smash hits Nice and Naughty followed by No Pushover in 1992. But despite the great success, there remained a gaping hole in her soul. In 1998, during a concert, Chevelle, tired of the empty way of life and hopelessness, suddenly declared on stage a change of direction in her career and lifestyle, she decided to become a Christian. As a symbol of her signature to this new change, she sang Kirk Franklin's song 'Silver and Gold' on stage. She said: 'I did not hear a message or anything, but I felt the calling of God.





Gospel artiste Prodigal Son - 'Gully Mama'

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A moment with gospel artiste Stitchie

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Stitchie-gospel-papa-san.jpgHow do you know if the Spirit is Real?

I've always heard the story of the little boy who asked the same question. His mother asked if he could feel, or touch his tooth ache
. The boy replied by saying no, yet it hurts and I know it's there. The mother concluded that the spirit is similar, you can't see it but you know it's there.

Power of Love

God's grace teaches us how to live righteously - (Titus 2:11-12)

"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should
live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.

God's Grace

God's grace is the most perfect example of love, unselfishness, and compassion. Never has there been anyone more perfectly justified
in delivering... well...justice. And, we are equal dissevering of that justice. And the justice that we deserve is death. Yet, God
offers us life. He offers us life eternal in Heaven. So, if you are looking for someone to model your life after, it's Jesus.





Gospel artiste - Ryan Mark - 'God Have Mi Bak'

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papa_san_gospel_jesus_God.jpgIt's often been said that music is the universal language. And, if that's so, no one speaks it better than Papa San. He opens his latest release, the astonishing, compelling, arresting Real & Personal, with a question that almost teases the listener to try and answer it. "Is it rock?/Is it roll?/Is it reggae?" Papa San asks, as machine-gun volley of percussion, crunching metal guitars and synths pound into play on the sizzling "More Life."

And, of course, the answer is simply, "Yes! All of the above." But the trip has only begun. It would be more accurate to just say it’s international, Jamaican, "new-school" Dancehall superstar, Papa San: back, bold, and in your face like never before. With a sound completely his own-and constantly evolving-Papa San stretches Gospel to places only he could take it.





Judy Mowatt Bath, St. Thomas Project - Led by God

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JudyMowatt_gospel.jpgIn the year 2003, Judy Mowatt was led by God to stage her birthday celebration with the people of Bath, St. Thomas in the form of a health fair Christmas treat. In addition, to culminate with a grand gospel concert with the most current, anointed ministers in the industry.

The directive from God was specific, but not having a family member or friend from the area, sister Judy had to seek advice from key people in the community. She recalls her only link to the town of Bath,

"The hot spring situated above the Bath Fountain Hotel has medicinal and healing properties and it is also one of my cooling out spots."

Walking by faith and obedience to God, you're able to produce and fulfill the purpose.

This project is entitled, "JUDY MOWATT'S BIRTHDAY BASH."





AngelinZion_Gospel_Artiste_Jamaica.jpgGospel music's new recording artist, Angela V. Gordon-Kelly, (Stage name: AngelinZion) has been creating a sensation with her debut release album "What God wants you to know". Her annointed, refreshing, dynamic and inspiring music places her among the elite gospel performers of today.

Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica; AngelinZion has loved singing from the very early years. Some notable accomplishments includes singing at the 'Prudential Insurance Academy of Honor' in Toronto Canada; singing on two albums with 'Andy Miller & The New Horizon Singers - Touching You & Onwards'; and being the founder and leader of the acappella quartet group "Praisers with a purpose".





Judy Mowatt for 'Gospel Extravaganza Explosion'

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JodyMowatt.jpgGospel singer Judy Mowatt is now in the United Kingdom where she will be performing at a concert in London called 'Gospel Extravaganza Explosion'. The show's promoter is Bishop C. Morgan, who had been a reggae show promoter for over 17 years doing mega-concerts with Bob Marley and the Wailers, and even Shabba Ranks.

"I am really looking forward to this show, these are exciting times and when I go to minister, I always wonder what God will be doing to win over new souls with my ministry. I am also looking forward to seeing my friends from the Marley and the Wailers days. Some of my friends are now Christians, and the others who are not will always be my forever friends," she told YardFlex.com.

The show, which will be held on September 23rd at the 249 East India Dock Road in Poplar, London, will also feature exciting new gospel voices such as DJ Nicholas and Kerron Ellis.





By: Claude Mills
Photos By: Carlington Wilmot


Prodigy_GospelMusic_PapaSan_JudyMowatt.jpgIf you want to find Prodigy, you have to ambush him at the Herbal Life on Braemar Avenue where he hangs out everyday.

"I like it here, I can do my meditation on the word right here in this quiet atmosphere, and drink a tea and shake, it's a healthy thing for my immune system," he told YardFlex.Com.

He is wearing a black shirt with the words 'A blood donor saved my life' emblazoned on the front and Mathew 26:28 (This is my blood of the covenant....) printed on the back. He wears silver jewellery.

He is one of the new faces leading the reggae gospel charge in Jamaica.

So songs like 'Every Morning' and 'Sin No More' came out of particular struggles that I had, while other songs like I Love You Lord featuring Crissy D came out of worship and quiet time being spent with God."

The Chosen Prodigy is currently being distributed by Caribbean Gospel.

Shows in England, St. Maarten, and the Turks and Caicos, and Canada in August.

"Reggae gospel is still on the rise and it's getting bigger especially in the wider Caribbean. The UK is one of those markets that is showing a lot of potential as well.





 

Harold Camping in 2008

Harold Camping

OAKLAND, Calif. - A California preacher who foretold of the world's end only to
see the appointed day pass with no extraordinarily cataclysmic event has revised
his apocalyptic prophecy, saying he was off by five months and the Earth
actually will be obliterated on Oct. 21.
Harold Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to
heaven Saturday before catastrophe struck the planet, apologized Monday evening
for not having the dates "worked out as accurately as I could have."
He spoke to the media at the Oakland headquarters of his Family Radio
International, which spent millions of dollars_ some of it from donations made
by followers -- on more than 5,000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the
Judgment Day message.
It was not the first time Camping was forced to explain when his prediction
didn't come to pass. The 89-year-old retired civil engineer also prophesied the
Apocalypse would come in 1994, but said later that didn't happen then because of
a mathematical error.
The globe will be completely destroyed in five months, he said, when the
apocalypse comes. But because God's judgment and salvation were completed on
Saturday, there's no point in continuing to warn people about it, so his network
will now just plays Christian music and programs until the final end on October
21.
Camping offered no clues about Family Radio's finances Monday, saying he could
not estimate how much had been spent advertising his prediction nor how much
money the nonprofit had taken in as a result. In 2009, the nonprofit reported in
IRS filings that it received $18.3 million in donations, and had assets of more
than $104 million, including $34 million in stocks or other publicly traded
securities.
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Mary Mary


Gospel In Harmony, a gospel showcase featuring some of the very best acts in the
genre, will be staged by Premier Events on Sunday at the National Arena in
Kingston, Jamaica.
Popular international gospel duo, Mary Mary, will be headlining the event and
they will be joined onstage by Thrillers United, Prodigal Son, One Voice and the
Kencot Youth Choir.
According to a spokesperson for Premier Events, "We recognise that there is a
plethora of reggae and dancehall concerts on the island and, for that reason,
Premier Events has taken the bold step to inject a breath of fresh air into the
mix, with a cutting-edge gospel event catering to the entire family.
"The success of gospel shows, such as the recently concluded Fun in the Son,
points to a dire need for more family-oriented events such as Gospel In
Harmony."
Sister act Mary Mary will undoubtedly prove a huge drawing card, as their
contemporary, cross-over hits have garnered for them millions of fans worldwide,
both within and outside of the gospel arena.
Ever since the siblings - Erica and Tina Campbell - broke through in 2000 with
the pioneering crossover hit Shackles (Praise You), the chart-topping sister act
has not wavered from defying convention to fulfil its mission: sending uplifting
messages through music and words that are relatable to everyone.
Eleven years later, having earned three Grammy Awards, two American Music
Awards, an NAACP Image Award and a BET Award, the 'Mary Mary way' sounds just as
fresh and innovative on the duo's sixth album, aptly titled Something Big.
Among Mary Mary's popular numbers are Can't Give Up Now, Yesterday and Heaven
and The Real Party.
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Gospel artiste challenges Kartel

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Gospel artiste Dwayne Jackson has penned a song challenging dancehall deejay Vybz Kartel to change his lifestyle, consider the repercussions of what he is doing and to seek Christ.
Jackson told the media that he wanted to make a serious statement, because Kartel needs to realise he is not a god.
He holds no bars in criticizing Kartel, addressing various issues from 'bleaching' through to his influence on young men, the explicit photographs, and his alleged freemason membership.
Kartel, has definitely hit a few bad chords with persons in the music fraternity with regards to comments he made defending the bleaching of his skin.
Several dancehall artistes have hit out both directly and indirectly at Kartels dramatic transformation as well as comments he made in the latest issue of Vibe magazine where he said, "I'm my own man, and as such I do my own thing. When black women stop straightening their hair and wearing wigs and weaves... when people stop getting nose jobs and cosmetic surgery then I'll stop using the 'cakesoap' and we'll all live naturally ever after."








Pastoral minister and accomplished singer Carlene Davis, after receiving seven nominations earlier this year, walked away the winner in the 'Best Vocal Performance' category for her rendition of 'After All I've Been Through' from her latest album 'True Worship' at the recently concluded Marlin Awards in Nassau, Bahamas.

The categories she was nominated in include, 'Adapted Reggae Recording of the Year', 'Album of the Year', 'Engineered Recording Of the Year', 'Packaging of the Year', 'Reggae Vocal Performance of the Year - Duo/Group' and 'Traditional Vocal Performance - Female'.

An elated Davis expresse her gratitude for the acknowledgement and thanked her family and everyone who played a role in her life, which she has cited as the continued thrust that keeps her going. The Marlin Awards recognises and honours outstanding achievement in Caribbean gospel music.

Following the award show, the gospel songstress departed for New York City where she was joined by compatriot Papa San and Jabez.

There she visted a number of radio stations to campaign for the 2011 Best Dressed-sponsored Fun In The Son concert, scheduled for March 19, 2011 at the University of The West Indies, Mona Bowl. -From there it was into Dominica for the week-long Apostolic Prophetic Conference.





Gospel Queen Albertina Walker is dead

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Gospel Queen, Albertina Walker, died early this morning in Chicago, a report from Martin’s International stated.

“The internationally known Queen of Gospel and former member of The Caravans gospel group, Albertina Walker died at approximately 4:30am this morning with her grand-daughter Tina at her bedside.

The Queen was hospitalized hours before her annual Scholarship concert in August. She has been known for several gospel hits, but one that stays with us always is I'm Still Here, “ the release said.

Ephraim Martin of Martin’s International, stated, “On behalf of my wife Justice Shelvin Hall and staff/associates of Martin's International, our condolences go out to our senior associate Sherrilinda (Tina) Nance, her son Jordan and her mother; also to Pam Morris, Sheila and other family members of our dear Queen Albertina Walker-Brooks. She will always be "Still Here" in our hearts






Stop extorting schools, Holness message to thugs

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Dem people ya really a gwaan bad you know. Imagine preying on students. The government needs to send a strong message.

The Ministry of Education has stepped up the auditing of accounts of several schools in the wake of reports that community dons are targeting Principals as part of extortion rackets.

A tough-talking Andrew Holness, Education Minister, issued a stark warning to racketeers that no attempt will be spared, to stop the shake-down of public schools

Mr. Holness pointed to an instance in which a school principal was fired after he submitted fictitious documents to the ministry for salary payments being made to teachers who did not exist.

This was so he could pay extortionists.

The minister did not name school or the principal involved in the scheme.

“I’m saying to the community dons, leave our schools alone. I’m saying to them, don’t encourage any gangs in our schools … I’m saying to them, respect our teachers … don’t rob our schools,” Mr. Holness said while addressing teachers and administrator of the Steer Town Academy, following a tour of the Mansfield Primary School, a new $200 million educational facility in St. Ann, set to open next month.





Buy yuh patwah Bible tiday

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The first book of the patois version of the Holy Bible goes on sale today.

The creative minds behind the controversial project to translate the Bible into patois -- and which is costing millions of dollars -- launched the Book of Luke in patois yesterday at the Portmore Gospel Assembly in Passagefort.


The service was conducted in the Jamaican creole and the Bible Society of Jamaica seems pleased with their project. There will be a public education drive to sensitize the public and help them to read the patois Bible.

The expected completion date of the entire Bible into Jamaican Creole is 2012, to coincide with Jamaica 50 Independence celebrations.
The entire Patois Bible is expected to be completed in 2012 when Jamaica celebrates its 50th anniversary as an independent nation.

The Bible Society said it hopes to that the project will inspire Christians to be more "confident and mature" in their faith, as some are still challenged to worship in a way that is culturally relevant and authentic.





Carlene Davis thrills, saves souls in Canada

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Minister and gospel singer Dr. Carlene Davis thrilled thousands in Canada last week at the renowned Revival Time Tabernacles in Toronto, delivering another spiritually charged performance to the large gathering as the specially invited guest of Bishop Dr. Audley James, the church’s presiding pastor.

This postdates her recent trip to the African continent, where she and husband Tommy Cowan ministered in Uganda saving many lives while imparting the teachings of Christianity.

Now back in the island, Dr. Davis last Wednesday attended the launch of Denbeigh at the Hi-Pro Ace Supercentre in White Mall, St. Catherine.

Where she met with various executives to discuss the way forward for the upcoming Denbeigh Gospel Extravaganza, slated for August 1, 2010.

In attendance at the launch where Committee Chairman Senator - Norman Grant, Leon Mitchell - Marketing and Sales Promotion Executive at The Jamaica National Building Society, Glendon Harris - President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, Dr. Christopher Tufton - Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Donovan White - Head of Marketing at Digicel Jamaica, Christopher Levy - President of the Jamaica Boilers Group among others.

The annual Agricultural Show will be staged at the Denbeigh Showground in Clarendon from July 31 to August 2 under the theme "Eat What We Grow and Grow What we Eat".

Meanwhile, Dr. Davis and her husband are due to return to Canada on August 2, for the Revival Time Tabernacles annual gospel concert alongside fellow Jamaican acts Judith Gayle and Papa San.





Stories behind the hymns

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On March 40, 1858, over 5,000 men gathered for a mass meeting sponsored by the YMCA. Young Dudley Atkins Tyng, bold, fearless and uncompromising, preached from Exodus 10:11, “Ye that are men, go and serve the Lord.”



Over 1,000 of the men were converted; the sermon was called “one of the most successful of the time”; the entire city was being aroused; a religious awakening was gaining force.

The next week Tyng returned to his family in the country



On Tuesday, April 13,1858, he was witnessing the operation of a corn-thrasher in his barn. Raising his arm to place his hand on the head of a mule which was walking up the inclined lane of the machine, the loose sleeve of his morning gown was caught between the cogs.





Introducing gospel singer Charmin Blake

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Hailing from the parish of Clarendon gospel singer Charmin has had a love for music from as far back as she remember. She began singing at an early age in church and it was not surprising that after finishing high school she gave her life to the Lord and was baptised in the New Testament Church of God. There she got involved in various groups, taught Sunday School and was a choir director for the adult and children choirs.


“It was through this I gained the opportunity to sing at most churches in the community, at gospel concerts and weddings,” she shared.


In June 2004, Charmin migrated to Connecticut in the States there she joined the Triumphant Church of God under the leadership of Bishop Joel Willis. With a passion for ministry she became an active member of the church, ministering, singing and directing various choirs.





In Times Like These

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During the fearful days at the height of World War II, this comforting hymn was written.


In the midst of a busy day as a housewife, Ruth Caye Jones felt a direct inspiration from the Holy Spirit. She stopped her work to quickly put down both words and music, just as they were given to her by God.


Since that day the hymn has been a blessing to countless Christians at special times of need. It has brought comfort during illness, has been used widely at funerals, has encouraged and challenged Christian workers, and has drawn many to salvation.


Mrs. Jones experienced for herself the consolation the words of the song could bring as she spent time recovering form serious surgery a few years after it was written.
Kenneth W. Osbeck





Gospel Vibes Radio spreading its wings

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A dream realized is how Delroy Lingo would describe the Gospel Vibes Radio station which has taken off like a rock since its official launch almost a year ago.
With over 12 syndicated stations and more to come on stream, Lingo could not be happier about its success.
“All the feedback we have been getting are positive...some of the comments we get is that it reminds them of back home in Jamaica, listening to radio on a Sunday,” the Connecticut-based host of Gospel Vibes told yarflex.
Host and founder of Gospel Vibes Radio, Delingo says his aim is to promote and elevate new and upcoming gospel artistes and gospel music to the next level, and to preserve the traditional gospel music heritage.
Gospel Vibes Radio has been a long time dream of Delingo who have spent the last three decades in broadcasting Caribbean programmes.





Rescue the Perishing

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Fanny Crosby was sixty years old when she visited Chicago’s Bowery Mission for the first time in 1880. She little dreamed that it would provide the inspiration for one of her most popular religious poems.
When asked to speak at the close of the service, she rose and said, “There may be a man her who has gone as far as a man can go. If he is present, I want to shake hands with him.” A man did come forward, and finally accepted Christ as Saviour.
Following that initial visit, Fanny Crosby brought many lost souls back into the joy of the Kingdom of God. On another evening that same year she gave this invitation, “If there is a lad here who has wandered from his mother’s Christian teachings, I would like to pray with him at the altar at the close of the service.”





Shall We Gather at the River?

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In July 1864, Robert Lowry, a Baptist minister, was tired and began thinking of future things, especially of the gathering of the saints around God’s throne. He began to wonder why so many had written so much of the river of death and so little of the river of life. A hymn began to take form, first as a question, “Shall we gather at the river?”


Then came the answer, “Yes, we’ll gather at the river.”
With his heart full of these thoughts, he seated himself at his parlor organ, and both the words and the music of the famous hymn came to him as if by inspiration.
Soon, the words and music to this famous hymn were completed.





Hymn Stories

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The gifted Christian musician Joseph T. Webster was often tormented by deep feelings of depression.



On one occasion, when he was in a melancholy mood, he received a visit from his close acquaintance Fillmore Bennett.



Knowing that one way to keep Webster from brooding over his problems was to interest him in writing a hymn tune, Bennett decided he’d try to pen some lyrics that would direct his friend’s thoughts heavenward.





Interesting hymn stories

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This beautiful hymn was penned by a former slave trader John Newton. One night while attempting to steer the ship through a violent storm, he experienced what he was to refer to later as his “great deliverance.” He recorded in his journal that when all seemed lost and the ship would surely sink, he exclaimed, “Lord, have mercy upon us.” Later in his cabin he reflected on what he had said and began to believe that God had addressed him through the storm and that grace had begun to work for him.


For the rest of his life he observed the anniversary of May 10, 1748 as the day of his conversion, a day of humiliation in which he subjected his will to a higher power. “Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; ’tis grace has bro’t me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.” He continued in the slave trade for a time after his conversion; however, he saw to it that the slaves under his care were treated humanely.





Daily Word — Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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DailyWordNovMagcover.jpgMy life is blessed as I give and receive from the abundance of Spirit.
In the coming days, there may be several opportunities to exchange gifts with special people in my life. The gifts I've chosen and prepared reflect my love and appreciation for them. Person-to-person, I share with others from the abundance of Spirit that is freely given and gratefully received.
Presents and cards, cookies and crafts are symbols of thoughtfulness and love. But my experience of prosperity continues and extends even deeper than the objects and the symbols. As I give and receive from an awareness of God's ever-expanding abundance, my life is blessed.
The love I share, the good wishes I extend, and the satisfaction I feel heighten my appreciation for all life. As I
give and receive from the heart, I am fulfilled.


"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap."—Luke





Daily Word — Monday, December 22, 2008

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DailyWordNovMagcover.jpgMy heart is open to the joy of the Christ.
As I look forward to celebrating the birth of the Christ Child, I take time to deepen my understanding of this sacred event and the meaning it holds for me.

Through His life, Jesus taught about our own spiritual nature. He showed by example how to honor the Christ qualities, qualities of perfection that are inherent within all.

I embrace each of the Christ qualities of love, life, light, and peace. I ponder their meaning and the ways I can express them more fully. In Scripture, the angel's announcement of joy encourages me to explore the perfection that brings me happiness. I am open to new experiences. With enthusiasm, I celebrate and give thanks for the joy of the Christ that inspires a life of vitality, harmony, and freedom.

"The angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid; for see--I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.' "--Luke 2:10





The Levy's gospel heritage continues

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By: Joan Wilson

Ovando Levy_edit.jpgLubert Levy took the top prize in the JCDC's gospel competition in 2004. Four years later his son Ovando is a finalist. It is left to be seen whether he will repeat his dad's achievement.

From as far back as he can remember Ovando has always enjoyed a fascination for singing, he has been doing it since the age of three. In fact he has entered the Tastee Talent Contest on more than one occasion with his siblings under the banner Levy's Heritage.

Ovando said that in 2005 his dad got a revelation from the Holy Spirit that Levy's Heritage would be a group to be reckoned with and since then, he along with his brother Oneil and sister Oshin took Levy's Heritage on the road, performing at churches, concerts and just ministering the word in songs. The group eventually won the Canadian MAJA Award in 2006.





New internet gospel station coming

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By: Joan Wilson

delsmall.jpgFormer Love FM disc jockey Delroy Lingo who is now based in Connecticut will be launching an Internet Gospel station called Gospel Vybz and that mission will be the fulfillment of a dream for the radio jock.

Delingo who had a one on one with YardFlex shared that while being on air in Connecticut he was frustrated by lack of outlet for the traditional Caribbean gospel. And it was there that the dream was laid on his heart to create a station that would be the avenue to play those kinds of songs.

So five years ago he started buying the essential equipment he would need, now he is in sight of that vision.

Later on this month in at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church in Portmore he will be officially launching the Internet site. "The internet gospel station will be streaming live gospel shows, church services and playing your favourite traditional gospel music along with the modern ones," Delingo as he is popular called in the gospel arena told YardFlex.





jaygospelfest3.JPGThe hills came alive with the sound of music as international gospel reggae artiste, Jason Mighty launched his debut album, CORNERSTONE at the 16th annual Barbados Gospelfest. Commencing the charged performance with songs such as - "Wanna Know", "Da Vinci Code" and "One Soul" - Jason shocked the crowd into a spirit-filled frenzy.

"I have been waiting a whole year for this," one female patron screamed as she waved a copy of Jason's debut album, "I am not leaving this place until I get my copy signed!" On viewing the artiste's merchandise table, hundreds of fans could be seen vying for copies of the highly demanded album. "The company [Daystar Promotions] brought in over several hundred copies of the album for Gospelfest, and they all sold out within three hours," said a Daystar representative. Many patrons were so desperate for music from the 27 year old singer, that they began asking if there were promotional discs for sale.





Junior Tucker is not turning back

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junior_tucker_edit.jpgHe admits; Only God can get the credit for all that has taken place in the extraordinary life of Junior Tucker.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he began singing at the age of 5. At age 7 he became a household name in his country performing his first #1 song "Happy" and also began traveling internationally. Without a shadow of doubt everyone knew being on stage was what he was born to do.

With tremendous success, he navigated his way through three international recording contracts which have literally taken him across the world. He has toured throughout the United States, UK, Japan, Mexico and the Caribbean. At 12 years old he was signed to Island Records and at 14 he had a recording contract with Geffen Records, USA. At 23 he signed to Virgin Records, UK. In 1991 Junior was released from Virgin and returned to his roots to pursue a career in Jamaican Dancehall Music.

Dancehall brought its accolades, number one songs, Singer of the Year titles and a high profile lifestyle. As time progressed his life became far from 'Happy'. Despite so called fortune and fame, behind the scenes his life was in pieces, spent chasing the next hit song to stay on top and fill the void.





Kirk Davis now on the alleluia side

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By: Joan Wilson

kirk_davis_08.jpgDuring his reign with the Shocking Vibes crew, Kirk would thrill his many fans with love songs but in the quiet hours he would be tortured with the thoughts that his soul was not alright with the Lord. "Sometime I would toss and turns, cause I know that if I should die my soul would not be ready," he told YardFlex.

Then three years ago, the demand to make things right in his life became overwhelming as Kirk said he was lying in his bed one night in New York and reflecting and the thought came to him that he need to let go of all other vibes and put God first, there is no repentance in the grave. Still he resisted the urge and continued to do his secular songs, it was a constant battle, but somehow he managed to put the conviction aside as he did shows in Japan, the Caribbean, Europe and other places.





Dobby Dobson

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By: Joan Wilson

dobby-01.jpg"Life was one big bowl of jello and condensed milk...my conscience was clear, I harboured no bad feelings towards anyone, I was being in tune with the universe. I left Jamaica to reside in New York away from family and most close friends, so my 'friends' were now my new associates or people I had not seen in a long time...and I casually got drawn into a lifestyle that was foreign to me. Night clubs had been a part of my life in Jamaica, what with me having sung with a dozen bands for most of my life, but New York after hour joints were different. These places opened after most legitimate niteries closed, and stayed open into the next day...mostly run without licenses, they catered to a different crowd...into which I assimilated myself. Liquor flowed, drugs prevailed and ladies were easy. It was nothing to find yourself sneaking out of the joint to find the sun high in the sky," were the earnest words of singer Dobby Dobson to YardFlex as he spoke about his rise from hitting rock bottom by the saving power of Jesus Christ.

Today, Dobby his using his experience to witness to thousands and seeing them experience the kind of change he has too. But that change didn't just happen overnight, the catalyst started in 2000 when his mother died. According to Dobby a wave of depression came over him. When he returned to New York the sadness was still with him and no amount of girls or drugs could make him feel any better.





Jason Mighty - a real gospel revolutionary

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jason_might.jpgReggae music possesses the undisputed ability to touch the spirit, the soul and the body regardless of face, creed, color or nationality. Singer, songwriter, Minister Jason Might, (his real name), is revolutionizing reggae praise and worship with his soulful ballads and uplifting praise tunes. Blending smooth, distinct vocals with musical hooks and slurs that can appease the most discerning listener; Jason imparts a glimpse of a genuine relationship with his Savior to the forefront of his songs.

Born in the sun-rich island of Jamaica, to a musically inclined mother, Jason grew up hearing the time tested, sacred hymns that are near and dear to many of our hearts. When asked about his inspiring musical talent he states, "In the year 2000 God gave me a mandate to preach hope and salvation through my music; be it on dancehall or roots reggae rhythms. The message is the same that has been spread by our Savior himself. I simply sing the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ." Confirming his status as a minister, Jason was also ordained as a music minister and a deacon at his home church, New Life Assemblies Church of God.

This year, Jason released his debuted album entitled "Cornerstone". His hard work did not go unnoticed by his peers and the industry, as he was awarded the Best Gospel Collaboration award at the 2008 Reggae Academy Awards. He was then nominated at the 2008 Flame Awards for Best Foreign Recording Artiste and Best Foreign Gospel Recording of the year.





JCDC Gospel Finalist Chosen

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edit_jamaica_flag_large_1.jpgAfter several grueling rounds of elimination, the ten finalists that will compete in the 2008 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song Competition have been selected. Over three hundred aspiring gospel artists auditioned in Kingston, St. Catherine, Manchester, St. Mary and St. James, all with original entries.

The JCDC then invited those participants with completely original songs to participate in an elimination round. From the elimination round, 25 semi finalists were selected and invited to compete in a private session for a spot in the finals.





Marvin Sapp stays at Gospel's top

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Marvin Sapp.jpgMarvin Sapp's blockbuster CD continues its momentum and this week reclaims the number one spot on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums Chart. Released July 3, 2007, "Thirsty" has been in the number one position longer than any other Gospel CD released in the last year.

The powerful hit single "Never Would Have Made It" has made history as the longest number one song at Gospel radio. The song is currently Number one at Gospel radio, where it has been for 29 weeks. "Never Would Have Made It" is also tied as the second longest number one radio single across all formats.

With a recent surge of airplay at Urban Radio, "Never Would Have Made It" is number 13 on the Urban AC Chart and is in rotation at such stations as WMMJ (Washington), WBLS (New York), WRNB (Philadelphia), WWIN (Baltimore), KJLH (Los Angeles), WMXD (Detroit), WVAZ (Chicago) and more. Additionally, "Never Would Have Made It" is one of Sony BMG's top 20 selling ringtones. Marvin Sapp will perform "Never Would Have Made It" on the Dove Awards Wednesday, April 23. He received a Dove Award nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year.





A family singing praise together

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the_murrills.jpgA unique family of talented vocalists and instrumentalists, The Murrills are endowed with the ability to reach and rebuild broken spirits through the ministries of song and prayer. With an amazing chemistry that can only be shared between six close knit siblings, The Murrills have already wowed audiences through their work with the famed Tri-City Singers. Their debut CD "Family Prayer" is being released June 3, 2008 on Zomba Gospel. "Family Prayer" is produced by Grammy Award winner Donald Lawrence, who first worked with the group as part of his celebrated choir The Tri-City Singers.

Comprised of Darwin, Damion, Donnell, Andre, Roger and sister Arnetta – who was a featured Tri-City lead vocalist - The Murrills, guided by their mother, began singing together as children and "Family Prayer" is replete with songs that bring to life the old adage "the family that prays together, stays together." Their music beautifully emphasizes the love and strength, ups and downs of family, with faith and togetherness being the central themes.





kirk_franklin_08.jpgKirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin and The Mighty Clouds of Joy join the New York Tri-State for McDonald's Gospelfest 2008. The mega music festival returns on June 14, 2008 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

McDonald's Gospelfest is a talent competition that features choirs, steppers, praise dancers, soloist, rappers and poets. Rising stars will compete in a variety of categories and share the stage with Gospel's finest.

Celebrity Gospel artists include Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir, Byron Cage, Vicki Winans, and Cissy Houston. Emmy Award winning A. Curtis Farrow has been tapped to produce and direct the festival.





Get ready for 'Opry At The Doves'

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dove_awards_08.jpgAmerican Idol previous finalists Phil Stacey, Mandisa and Chris Sligh; Dove Award Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant with country icon Wynonna; 19Recordings/Jive Recording Artist Jordin Sparks; Ricky Skaggs and The Whitesand Point Of Grace with Cindy Morgan, are the latest performers added to the increasingly luminous line-up for the 39th Annual Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards telecast, according to the GMA and Gospel Music Channel (GMC).

Gospel and Christian music's biggest night of the year will take place
live on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry House and will be broadcast live nationwide on the Gospel Music Channel television network from 8 – 10pm EST. The Dove Awards will also be broadcast live on XM Satellite Radio on XM 32 "The Message."

Joining Skaggs, The Whites and Charlie Daniels with Third Day's Mac Powell, will be The Isaacs, Angella Christie, The Hoppers, Jeff and Sheri Easterand, Karen Peck and New River for an "Opry at the Doves" special performance.

Also performing will be 'New Artist of the Year' Nominees: 33 Miles, Brandon Heath, Group 1 Crew, Mandisa, Rush Of Fools and DeWayne Woods.





Get Ready for Valley Gospel Fest

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ASHLEYCleveland.jpgTop performers in modern gospel music will be on stage for the first-ever Valley Gospel Fest, slated for May 10 at the Louis and Sandra Berkman Amphitheater at the Historic Fort Steuben in Southwestern Ohio.

Organizers outlined festival details during a press conference Thursday at the Starkdale Presbyterian Church.

The performers, who will include three-time Grammy-Award winner Ashley Cleveland, Jonathan White, Curtis Lewis and the Aliquippa Church in the Round Gospel Choir, the Word of Life Singers, Seasons and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Choir, will be on hand for the free festival scheduled to run from noon to 7 p.m.

The concert, co-sponsored by the Starkdale Presbyterian Church and the Community Foundation of Jefferson County, will be a "huge event" for Steubenville and Jefferson County, according to Jody Glaub, board member of the Community Foundation of Jefferson County and a Starkdale Presbyterian Church elder.

"This is going to be a community-wide, ecumenical celebration," said Glaub, adding that local churches will be invited to participate. "I think this is a wonderful time to be having this. Everyone has been so positive about the event. It's going to be a wonderful Saturday afternoon."





Get ready for Women Empowerment Gospel Fest

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On The Rocks Entertainment, Inc. presents the Women Empowerment Gospel Festival at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. The event will be hosted by Juanita Bynum and will feature performances by a dynamic line up of Grammy Award winning artists including Yolanda Adams, Pastor Shirley Caesar and The Clark Sisters.

In addition to musical performances, the Rev. Dr. Carl L. Washington, current officiating pastor of New Mount Zion Baptist Church located in Harlem, New York will be a special guest speaker. A host of celebrity speakers will join Rev. Washington in sharing positive and powerful messages for women of all spiritual backgrounds. The event will give women the opportunity to come together and highlight the efforts of some of the most non-vocal, yet obedient disciples of the Lord.





Gospel Charts this week

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Marvin Sapp.jpgReturning to the top of the Billboard Top Gospel Charts this week is Marvin Sapp's "Thirsty," ending WOW Gospel 2008's four week run at the top of the charts, as it moves down to the number two position for the week.

Kirk Franklin's "The Fight of My Life" holds on to the number three position as "Jesus" from Shekinah Glory Ministry maintains the number four spot. Israel & New Breed's "A Deeper Level" rounds out the week's top five. Other notable chart activity includes strong debuts from LaRue Howard with "How Great is Our God" - number 6 and Norman Hutchins' latest, "Spontaneous Praise: Vol. 1" -number nine.

In the world of radio, Marvin Sapp continues to dominate with his second consecutive week back at the top spot with "Never Would Have Made It." In total, this single has spent 28 weeks at the number one position. Kirk Franklin's "Declaration (This Is It!)" holds to the number two spot. "He's Done Enough" from Beverly Crawford sits at number three while The Clark Sisters' "Livin" takes the number four position. Ricky Dillard & New G round out the week's top five with "The Light."





Free will bring fresh appeal to Gospel

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Free2_.jpgFormer host of BET's 106 & Park, Free, will co-host the new Gospel Music Channel original series, Bobby Jones Next Generation, alongside the man who helped revolutionize gospel music as a creator, producer, director and performer, Dr. Bobby Jones.

The series will begin shooting in Atlanta next week and both performance heavyweights will share hosting duties of the hour-long show where merging artists will be showcased.

Gospel Music Channel, Atlanta-based Kingdom Come Productions and Dr. Jones will produce the new series together. The programme will be broadcast Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT with the series premiere set for Sunday, May 4.

Speaking to reporters, Dr. Jones said, "Free is the ideal choice to share the hosting role on our new GMC series. She is a seasoned television personality, brings a young demographic appeal, knows the new artist world well and is an emerging artist herself. She and I will compliment each other well and viewers will enjoy our pairing"

Before her career in television as host on 106 & Park, BET's number one rated show, Free began showing her talent as a budding rap artist in the early 1990's working with likes of the Wyclef Jean Refugee Camp, Lenny Kravitz, and Pras, and had record deals with Elektra and Motown records and also worked with Def Jam. Most recently, Free held the position of DJ on KKBT 100.3, The Beat music station in Los Angeles.





Billboard's Gospel Charts

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wow_gospel08.jpgFor the fourth consecutive week, "WOW" Gospel 2008 sits atop Billboard's Top Gospel Charts.

Marvin Sapp's "Thirsty" continues its strong run at the #2 position. "The Fight of My Life" from Kirk Franklin holds strong to this week's #3 spot and Shekinah Glory Ministry's, "Jesus" holds strong at #4.

Flame's "Our World: Redeemed" The Sequel debuts strong at #5. Other notable movements include Myron Williams solo debut "Made to Worship" at #9 along with DeWayne Wood's "Introducing DeWayne Woods" & "When Singers Meet," jumping from #23 to #18.

In the world of radio, Marvin Sapp's "Never Would Have Made It" returns to the #1 position after a four-week absence, replacing Kirk Franklin's "Declaration (This Is It!)" which moves to #2. "He's Done Enough" from Beverly Crawford holds strong to the #3 spot, as does The Clark Sisters' "Livin" at #4. Maurette Brown Clark's, "One God" rounds out the week's top five songs at #5.





Kerron Proves the Power in Praise

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kerron_ennis_edit.jpgKerron began singing at the tender age of eight years in Jamaica in her local church and thereon set her sights and ambition on becoming an instrument of music for the Lord. She has moved tens of thousand while touring the island with the Perpetual Team and at local churches and the accolades have started rolling in. Her ministry is being demanded locally and on the international scene.

Born, August 22, 1982, in the parish of St Andrew, she is the fifth child of Lascelles and Derisa Ennis and grew up in the Patrick City Community, where her artistic ability has captured the hearts of many. She has been the choir director for the Youth and Combined choirs of the Boulevard Church of the Nazarene and has received the commission from the Lord to sing and to make His praise glorious. Her dedication for the Lord is indelibly etched into her motto of Acts 20:24, "but none of these things moved me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God."

After entering the Jamaica Cultural Development's Gospel Festival in 2003 with the title song, "No Wonder," written by Clifton and Margaret Clarke, Kerron came in third place. She then became a well sought after alto singer. From this the musical stage of greatness was then set and Kerron has no intention of looking back.





Bloody Sunday' commemorated this weekend

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By: Elizabeth Smith

Bloody_Sunday1972.jpgThe 43rd anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday' and a re-enactment of the Selma to Montgomery March is being commemorated this year between March 6 and 10.

Known as the Bridge Crossing Jubilee, this 15th annual staging will be graced by the presence of guests like: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Cornel West, Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, C.T. Vivian, Al Sharpton and Faya Rose Sanders and Martin Luther King III amongst many others.

The theme of this year's jubilee is "One vote, One Mic, One Movement: From Selma to Jena and Beyond."

In 1965, the Edmund Pettus Bridge was the scene of an attack on hundreds of voting rights marchers by law enforcement officials on what was later called, 'Bloody Sunday.'

Prompted by the removal of Black males from voting rolls by Alabama's Constitution of 1901, Blacks in Alabama fought hard for voting rights; one of the most valuable rights of any citizen.

Blacks struggled for this enfranchisement in a variety of ways in the 1950s and 60s, including: NAACP's legal strategies via the 1957 Civil Rights Act; voter education projects in 1965; mass meetings and rallies in Black churches that were often met with police violence including the notable killing of Jimmy Lee Jackson in 1965; hundreds of African Americans lining up at registrar offices attempting to register to vote and hundreds of voting rights activists being beaten and jailed by police.

In their quest to complete the march from Selma to Montgomery that openly and loudly protested against and defied laws forbidding them a vote, Blacks were forced to make several attempts:





Chevelle Franklyn to minister in the Bronx

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By: Elizabeth Smith

Chevelle-Franklyn-gospel.jpgChevelle Franklyn will headline Ebenezer's 75th Anniversary Gospel Concert in New York on Friday, April 14. The international multi-award winning singer of contemporary gospel masterpieces will join other 'ministers of the gospel through the arts,' including: Unconditional, The EPHN Temples of Praise Dancers and Choeur Magnificant.

Expectations are high for the concert, since Chevelle's humility, coupled with her exuberance and love for God have been a high source of inspiration around the world, according to the testimonies of many.

Ministering in song was a natural progression for Chevelle, whose own story of one day just deciding to make a change from super stardom on the secular scene, was a clear indication, that God is in control. In 1998, Chevelle felt, "tired of the empty way of life and hopelessness," and declared on stage during a concert, "I can't do this anymore." Chevelle said, "I did not hear a message or anything, but I felt the calling of God. I just broke down on the stage... I knew there was something better out there."

From singing Kirk Franklyn's "Silver and Gold" at that moment, Chevelle went on to a collaboration in 2000 with Papa San on his award-winning album, "Victory," that led to the beginning of a stream of awards starting with a Marlin Award for the track, "Touch From You."





Carlene Davis – batting for the Lord

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By: Joan Wilson

RAAJ_carlene_davis.jpgInternationally acclaimed Gospel recording artiste Carlene Davis is one of the most dynamic music ministers coming out of Jamaica. As this Caribbean Hall of Fame Awardee testifies in song, the powerful message of God's love flows through her, bringing hope and healing to the heart of the listener. God has truly anointed and appointed her to affect this generation and her mission is to bring deliverance and transformation to a hurting world through the ministry of music, thus fulfilling The Great Commission.

YardFlex can attest that she is well on her way in fulfilling this commission. Already she is being requested by quite a few Caribbean leaders to come and minister in their country.

For Carlene it's an opportunity she more than welcomes as she says each Caribbean island she has been to, through the power of God lives have been transformed.

She is sometimes amazed at the response she receives as she ministers ...but that's the Lord working through her.

Right now she is preparing for a Caribbean/European tour for the month of March.





United Church of Canada insults Reverend Daryl Gray

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By: Janice Dayle

daryl_gray.jpgCan a fine upstanding practicing Minister of religion be banned from visiting his former congregation? In Montreal some factions of the United Church of Canada are trying to do just that.

Reverend Daryl Gray who once held the position of Minister at the Union United Church, was sent a letter from David Clinker, Supervising Minister of Union United Church, stating that Gray's attending the funeral for the mother of one of his current church members in December 2007, was "in violation" of an agreement made between Gray and The Montreal Presbytery.

According to Clinker in the letter, Reverend Gray was, "not to enter the premises or to take part in the events of Union United Church." Clinker also stated in the letter that he "insist" that Gray follow the agreement made by the Montreal Presbytery, and that Gray is not allowed to enter the church building for any reason without Clinker's "expressed permission".





Stitchie puts "Real Life Story" on the global streets

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By: Joseph Cunningham

stitchie.jpgGospel deejay Stitchie has been spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through his music, with great intensity on the international scene.

Recently, he returned from the United States where he promoted his third album, titled "Real Life Story." The official release of the album took the form of a concert held at the Harvest Fire Worship Centre in Florida. There was also a live radio launch on Florida's Mystic 1400.

The album has 17 tracks, produced by the likes of Bobby Digital, Don McDowell, Shawn Brown and Rohan McDermott.

Stitchie says, "It is the best album I have done to date. The engineers were good. The concepts of the songs are just a review of my life, real issues with spiritual solutions."

Stitchie said the album was released in Jamaica last Tuesday. While here, he says he will be using the opportunity to promote the album and video for the title track. The video was shot in Spanish Town by Billy Yapp, who also directed Stitchie's "Fast and Pray." "It is very hardcore and dancehall to the max," Stitchie said.





JCee...Started from the very top!

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By: Joseph Cunningham

jcee.jpgHer face has become very prominent and it's not just a promotional campaign. The Jamaican Gospel singer, JCee was selected to be among the final 20 in a talent search hosted by world leading television network, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

The competition, called "The Next Big Thing," received entries from 88 countries. It was held late last year. Reflecting on the experience JCee said, "I did not follow up on my entry until the BBC called to say they liked the song. I told them a little bit about it, and. they called back to say I made top 20."

Since her phenomenal achievement, she admits, "I'm more known now. People have told me they heard the song on BBC radio." She added that her music features hardcore Dancehall and Reggae rhythms fused with various other genres.





DJ Nicholas passionate for Christ & music

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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.





Here comes the Gospel Evangelist

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By: Joseph Cunningham

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Kevin Downswell, the 2003 National Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Festival winner came to prominence with his original entry, "Praise." From the preliminary stages of that competition, Kevin had distinguished himself as the favourite to win with his professional voice control.

His performance in the competition was phenomenal, considering that he
only realized he could sing, at age 13.

Unlike many musicians, Kevin is not motivated by stardom, but instead, his passion is fuelled by the motto, "That Christ may increase and I
decrease." St. John 3 v 30.

In 2005 Kevin was appointed to the office of an Evangelist and graduated from the University of the West Indies with honors in Bio-Chemistry that same year. "I was commissioned by God to be a full-time minister during that period, and so I had dedicated myself in much fasting and prayer." He said seeking God at that time was very critical, because he had planned to become a Medical Doctor. "God had another plan," he added.





Kirk Franklin releases "The Fight of My Life"

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kirk_franklin.jpgOn December 18 Kirk Franklin, who is credited with revolutionizing gospel music, will release an exceptional collection of all new material.

"Carol and Michael are fighting for their marriage. Deborah
is fighting to keep from losing her mind. Jeff is fighting to keep
his home. David is fighting for his faith. Welcome to "The Fight of My Life," Franklin says of the CD titled with the same name.

The first single from the album, "Declaration (This Is
It!),"
is an upbeat and encouraging song that re-interprets the smooth-groove classic hit, "This Is It," co-written by
Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. It addresses surviving the everyday trials and tribulations through a positive declaration of one's purpose in life.

"This song is a statement that 'serves notice' on unnecessary
frustrations, relationships and circumstances that continue to attack
our life," says Franklin. "Unlike the children of Israel
who wandered in the wilderness, when we totally surrender to God,
what took 40 years, God 'can' fix in 40 minutes." Declaration (This
Is It!) is currently the #1 most added and #1 most increased airplay
at Gospel radio, and is also impacting urban radio.

After more than 15 years as the top selling, multiple Grammy
award-winning contemporary gospel artist, Kirk Franklin continually demonstrates that he is more than just an artist - he is a voice and a musical balm for his generation. "The Fight of My Life" is another display of the genius fusion of his positive message and urban beats that have made him a mainstay atop Billboard charts for more than a decade.





By: J. Koni

Shirley_caesar.jpgGospel singing legend, Shirley Caesar has released her 43rd album in her 40th year in music. The album is entitled, "Still Sweeping Through the City," a compilation of 12 of her favorite songs.

The album will feature the classic song, "Hold My Mule," that was released in 1987 and became a number one hit. It stayed on the Billboard Gospel Album Sales Chart for a 110 weeks.

"Hold My Mule was number one for 52 weeks on Billboard," she confesses. "Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could do that again with the new CD? We're just gonna wait and see what God is going to do."

Shirley revealed that she dusted off some of her rarer classics from the 1970s such as "Faded Rose" and a medley of "Peter Don't Be Afraid," "Nobody But You Lord" and "Teach Me Master." Also from that period is the heart-rending "How Many Will Be Remembered?"





Meet Bronx-based gospel artiste Dunamis

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By: Joan Wilson

Dunamis_gospel-artiste.jpgNow here is a gospel singer who has truly seen and done it all and is now on fire for Jesus. Through his mistakes he is now imparting the words to others so that they can avoid the same pitfalls.

Neil Hall aka Dunamis is on a mission to reach the world with the transforming message of the Power of God.

Born in Bull Bay, St Andrew he left Jamaica at the age of 10 then got "shipped back" to Jamaica on a one way ticket by my single mom who was out of her elements with his street activities of robbing and possessing and selling guns.

After returning to Jamaica he attended Kingston Technical for three years.

Strange as it might sound inspite of his street life on Sundays he would be in church and in the summer at church camp. He actually made an attempt to serve Christ in 1993 when he accepted the Lord as his
Saviour.

That didn't last he backslid the same year and lived the life of the prodigal son with riotous living as he says.

"My crew and I use to throw big sound parties and running women."

Soon Dunamis started taking an inward look at his life and realized it wasn't as fulfilling as he thought. That's when he asked the Lord to give him another chance to go back to the States and he promised to dedicate his life to Him.





Prodigal_son.jpgLike is the case with many young Jamaican males, his grandmother was his guardian, but when she died he "broke out".

Calvin Whilby aka Prodigal Son was educated in the admonition of the Lord by his grandmother, and she insisted that attending church was a way of life for him. Young Calvin accepted Christ at age 5, and continued through to age 13.

That was the age at which his grandmother died, and from thereon things went downhill for him...Prodigal's became rebellious and developed a 'don't care' attitude. It was no wonder with that attitude he relocated to Rema in Kingston, one of Jamaica's toughest inner-cities. In no time he was involved in gang and gun violence.

As Calvin put it, "I found protection and family in the gang."
Interestingly, the gang was called the "Fatherless Crew". Fortunately, he developed a longing for his heavenly father. He became convinced that the Lord loved him, when he realized that many of his "ragamuffin" colleagues were dying by the gun, but, he was still
alive.

After recommitting his life to Christ in 1998, he adopted his name after the biblical prodigal son and decided to use the gift of music God had given him to reach out to others.

Things looked up for him when he met musical genius and producer, Danny Browne who became not only his producer, but mentor and friend.

Prodigal Son has developed, and is now accepted as one of Jamaica's most prolific Gospel artiste.





OUTSTANDING GOSPEL MUSIC AWARD WINNING GROUP.

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GROUP SHAZE.jpgThe group SHAZE emerges with their landmark release album called "Praise Him" live at The Open Bible Community Church, 2610 N.W. 119th Street, Miami. The release features song like: "Every Nation," "Praise Him," "Blessed" and "Show Him."

Christian/Reggae/R&B recording artistes – SHAZE, the Outstanding Gospel Music Award winning group, is also recipient of the 2007 Hopeton Lewis Caribbean Gospel Music Award for Best Singing Group of the year. They were nominated for two outstanding music awards: Top Gospel Singing Group of the year and Top Gospel Song of the Year .

SHAZE brings a unique sound to the music industry with their Jamaican background. Under the spiritual influence of God, they spread the word through music. The uniqueness of their style draws many people to them. With many years of experience under his belt, producer and songwriter, Maurice "Brian" Gregory has influenced the group towards the success of their album. The album was inspired by the need to praise God regardless of life's circumstances.





Kareem counteracts negative forces with love

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Kareem picture.jpgMavado and other entertainers who glorify gangster lifestyles are those who Kareem vows to counteract!

He is a Gospel singer who believes that "word power" should not be discredited, and so he says the messages being delivered by "gangster artistes" have been unleashing the wrong spirit on the Jamaican society.

"I want to be an agent of change through my music, promoting love, peace and joy," he said.

Kareem is convinced that music which educates is the way to go, revealing that as a younger man he admired the gangster image as well. The 21 year-old said his involvement in the music world began from as early as age 8, when he would deliver solo performances in church, and at that same age his older brother exposed him to drumming.

August Town, the Jamaican community where Kareem lives is plagued by sporadic outbursts of violence and it is no surprise that his opinion about "message" is as it is! He says he has seeing his community torn apart by poverty and its most infamous side effect, violence.

Out of a desire to see his community and the wider society become a better place, he recorded "I will Give You Love Tonight." "That song was an effort to comfort the poor and needy through my music,' he confirmed.





Dreadlocked singer worships Jesus

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By: Joseph Cunningham

Ziggy_Soul_ALBUM_COVER[1].JPGZiggy Soul sports dreadlocks, the main symbol of Rastafarianism, but he is a devoted Christian. What does he mean by devoted? He does not worship the Rastafarian god, but praises Jesus.

His behavioural pattern was recognized by the Jamaican society as very strange, and this resulted in various unpleasant experiences . It is arguable that Jamaica is one of the most vibrant Rastafarian communities in the world, and so when Ziggy Soul sought to settle in a Christian place of worship, he was met with fierce resistance.

"During the period when I was seeking a place of worship, there were occasions when I was attacked physically, because of my locks. Some people told me they did not want me in their church," he said.

While he acknowledged that a deadlocked person claiming to be a Christian would not have been readily accepted by Jamaicans, he was and is still adamant that the way he looks does not determine who he is.

All these negatives were ongoing while Ziggy was walking the walk and talking the Christian talk. He had established a non-profit organization in Trench Town, which served the academic and social needs of the community. "I was giving of my time as a form of worship." Undoubtedly the neglect he had been receiving from some church organizations had insulted his sincerity.





JAI.jpgThe brand new release of the debut gospel album "Best Friend" by JAI a.k.a. Wayne Buchanan firmly keeps with the tradition of what gospel music is all about - vibrant, rhythmic and soulful. "Best Friend" conveys a sound that is upbeat with a holy feeling that transcends flavors and styles, from traditional reggae to dancehall rhythms plus R&B and Hip Hop sounds.

On first listening, a number of tracks from this 15 set collection jump out at you, such as the upbeat, "Shout Jah" wherein JAI sings soulful praises to Jesus. On "All I Need" he rides a forceful dancehall rhythm while on "Healing," "Show Some Love" and "Spend My Always" which features Tina James with some tuff traditional reggae rhythm, JAI's vocalizing is reminiscent of reggae's super group Morgan Heritage. R&B and Hip Hop presence are strong on "Love" the title track, "They Don't Know" and the combination "Coming Soon" witch features Dwayne Jackson.

JAI is an acronym for JESUS AND I, an appropriate name for this Christian artist who, from as early as 12 years old had been saved and started singing in the church. At age 15 he became the lead singer for the group 'Total Praise.' Continuing his upward mobility, JAI became a member of the established band 'C Sharp.' Not withstanding those experiences, it was the release of his hit single, "Cant Take My Lord," released on Johnnie Clarke's Marjohnmuzik label that signaled the rise of this glittering star.





Truly Blessed is Mystery Bless

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By: Joseph Cunningham


mystery_bless.jpg'Poor people fed up to how the system sheg-up, dem issue gun fi yuh pickney buss!' These are words from a song recorded by one of the most decorated artistes in Jamaica's secular music history, Bounty Killer.
The song examines a few of the challenges faced by youths in Jamaican inner cities.

Mystery Bless is a Gospel artiste who lived a life that epitomizes the Jamaican inner-city experience. He was christened Roger Linton and it is arguable that the line of the christening prayer, which says, " I now pronounce him a well blessed child," has certainly enforced a divine intervention in his life.

He grew up and still lives in Tavern, Papine. One of four sons overseen by his single mother; today he is one of two brothers still enjoying the privilege of "state freedom." His eldest brother was notorious in crime and is now deceased, while another who followed the notorious trail, is currently behind bars.

"Before accepting Christ I was fond of the thug lifestyle too. Lots of girls, parties and the guns were always visible to me," Mystery Bless recalls. He was also a Dancehall artiste, and admitted being influenced by Bounty Killer's music.





Dwayne Murphy reaches Gospel Charts

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By: J. Koni
murphy1.JPG"The Greatest Love of All" is for many folks, just a love song, however, for Dwayne Murphy it was the subject of his first live performance age of six. Years have passed and his love for singing grew along with his religious desires. His birth-name is Dwayne Dolton Murphy, and he grew in Papine, St. Andrew, Jamaica. The Gospel sensation has been touring the church circuit ministering to people and touching people lives with his ministry.

Murphy delivers various genres of music ranging from Hip Hop & R&B to Reggae and Dancehall. He is currently the lead singer on his church choir and also a praise and worship leader. In 2003, Dwayne joined forces with rapper "D.A.Jay" and subsequently Dizzle Lab Productions. Murphy has performed at major shows like Genesis 2006, Fun in the Son, Rise 2 Christ, and various gospel concerts and he also has ministered at Gospel Clubs such as Prayz House & Club Christendom.





kirkfranklin_promo05.jpgSold Out Ministries is committed to making a difference in the lives of Jamaica's Youth and they plan to use a new and intriguing project, 'Use-Aid' to do so. Mentoring young people through music and The Word, 'Use Aid' addresses the mission of Sold Out Ministries by its ability to change people’s lives – especially young people.

The brainchild of Paul and Dorrett Blake Sold Out Ministries reaches out to those in schools, hospitals and prisons. They also hold a street church. With the aim of "setting it right" Paul Blake said 'Youth Aid' will help young people shift they're focus of concentration from the rough and influential areas of sex, drugs and music that affect them negatively to more edifying issues.

'In trying to get across to youth the idea that - You've tried everything, now try Jesus - We include the development of opportunities for jobs as well as twelve scholarships to Youth Enhancement Services in Montego Bay.





Craig C makes his Debut performance

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IMG_4853.jpg100.jpgCraig C, christened Craig Chambers, was born in 1986 in the lively community of Portmore, where his Grandmother traditionally hosted musical events at her home on weekends, stimulating his love for music.

Inspired by Professor Nuts and Bob Marley, Craig C's fascination for music increased to the point where he developed his own style, becoming a Gospel Reggae DJ at age14. Influenced by the contagious dancehall culture, Craig indulged in lyrical clashes in the class room. "I would adjust secular rhymes and rhythms in order to provide a positive gospel message that had everyone’s interest at heart," he explained.





pat_francisgospel.jpgThe empowering ministry of Jamaican born Dr. Pat Francis, senior pastor of Kingdom Covenant Ministries in Toronto, Ontario reaches millions of people around the world every week by television, and daily through her easy to navigate website. Entitled "Washed By The Word," the television broadcasts aim to take the message and the mission of Jesus Christ to all nations and reaches people every week from all walks of life and from many different cultures.

Established in 1999, Pat Francis Ministries Inc. is a US and Canadian rooted charitable organisation that encompasses the media and missions arm of Kingdom Covenant Centre (KCC).

At their Toronto base, the KC Ministries is extensive, providing services for youth in addition to their full school program that sees children accessing wholesome and well rounded education.
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CarleneDavisjesus.jpgStanding in the ashes of a life that's been torn
Burned of all the things I held onto
Till the only thing I have left
Is the solid rock of you
"Standing In The Ashes"

In the midst of my affliction
I could have died without redemption
But through the power of the most High
I confess my sins and received Salvation
"Redeemed"

This excerpt from Carlene Davis's song "Standing In The Ashes" from her third gospel album, Redeemed is a synopsis of the journey that this now ordained minister of the gospel has taken.
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By: Janice Dayle

christgodgospel.jpgTennyison Walters of OFMB Records said, "It is about Our Father's Music Business, not our earthly, but our Heavenly Father," as he explained the acronym, OFMB. The company, Our Father's Music Business Record Company Inc., was founded by husband and wife Tennyson and Karlene Walters ten years ago with a focus on producing songs of worship and praise. Today, OFMB represents and produces music for an impressive roster of artists.

On June 2, 2007 OFMB did Their Father proud by winning The Caribbean Gospel Music Award (CGMA), for Top Album of The Year.

OFMB Presents: Reggae For Christ Volume 1, won the 2007 CGMA at a ceremony held in New York. Richard Greene Junior High School was buzzing with excitement on CGMA night, as were all the singers and musicians featured on this fifth OFMB Records release, that actually received four nominations for the CGMAs this year.
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Out of Eden says "yes" to God

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out-of-eden-gospel-jesus.jpgOut Of Eden, comprised of sisters Lisa Kimmey, Andrea Baca, and Danielle Kimmey. The magnificent gospel sisters group has five albums to their credit since debuting in 1994. With nearly one-and-a-half million albums sold, the group has merited numerous accolades such as the BMG Award for "Best Urban Album Of The Year" two years in a row, as well as two Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, with an additional 11 nominations. The siblings have toured extensively sharing the stage with icons such as Destiny's Child, The Pointer Sisters, Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans, and Kirk Franklin, and performed at various events including the Billy Graham and Franklin Graham Crusades, as well as Girls Of Grace teen conferences with Point of Grace.

Out Of Eden has enjoyed numerous successes on the television and movie front with songs used in UPN'S America's Next Top Model II, The WB Network's Dawson's Creek, Eddie Murphy's "Dr. Doolittle," Christina Aguilera's Diary, and The Chris Rock Show. The group also made an appearance on the primetime UPN show Moesha (starring Brandy). Born in Richmond, VA, between 1975 and 1980, the Kimmey sisters grew up on stage, performing as a support act for their mother, who is a classical pianist. Signed to the Gotee label by Joey Elwood and Todd Collins, Out of Eden delivered their first album Lovin' the Day in 1994. The album became a Christian Contemporary hit, and sparked the popular acclaim of the Kimmeys' second, 1996's More than You Know; No Turning Back followed in 1999 along with This is Your Life; Love, Peace, and Happiness, and now currently in stores is their new album The Hymns.
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"The Grace Thrillers has become a musical institution," says CEO and founder, Noel Willis. Founded in 1971, the group has chalked up an enviable list of achievements, and has built up a vast repertoire of songs that have inspired people throughout the years. The Grace Thrillers has attained international recognition, and has performed in countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and throughout the Caribbean.

While performing in North Carolina in the USA, the group was selected to appear on the famous "Bobby Jones Gospel" on BET, where their outstanding performance made an indelible impact on the audience. The group has an impressive line-up of achievements: 1984 Represented the Caribbean in the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) sponsored World Gospel Festival in Chicago, U.S.A. 1986 The Rainbow Production Award for being the most consistent gospel group and for the best gospel album. The Tibby's Auto Supplies Award for Spiritual Ministry through Music and Song. The Grace Thrillers has also won numerous awards from musical sponsors involved with the non-gospel genres: 1987 The Rockers Award for Best Gospel Album 1988 and 1992 The Jamaica Music Industry Award (JAMIA) for Best Performing Gospel Group. 1991 The Gospel Celebrations Award for its contribution and pioneering role in gospel music.
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GLACIA, a native of Jamaica, began singing locally at four years old which then led to national and international engagements. After high school, she participated in the discipleship and arts based programs with Youth with A Mission (YWAM) in Jamaica and Canada.

Glacia's ministry is extensive and she has brought hope to those in hospitals, prisons, schools as well as on the streets, the poor, she has worked with various churches and secular entities. Glacia has also been a participant of the Bob Marley International Reggae Day in Kingston Jamaica. Glacia's unique gifting has gained her audiences with a wide cross section of dignitaries and politicians became the first gospel artist invited to the Prime Ministers Private Gala in Jamaica.

An anointed, talented, writer, poet, composer, co-arranger, songwriter and worshiper, Glacia has worked closely with award winning producers of Jamaica: Jon Williams, Alex Martin Blankin, Dennis Rushton. As well as gifted and internationally acclaimed singers, songwriters and producers, Roby Duke, Terry Clarke, Robert Varnadore; Mark Brown; Robert D. Watson(Composer for film and Television )Carolee Mayne; Tommy Walker (Integrity Music). The renowned, Eddie Perez (who has worked with the likes of Ashanti) and Maurice Gregory (aka) Brian who has worked with Jamaica's first Stella Award winner; Papa San, Grammy winners Beenie Man; Shaggy, Kanye West; other reggae artists like Diana King and Wayne Wonder, just to name a few.
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Scenes from Unite The People

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dj-nicholas-gospel-kirk-franklyn-papa-san-chevelle-franklyn.jpgIn his early years, he was known as 'nameless' and produced dub plates for sound systems such as 'Nemesis and 'Flawless.' During this period, he began searching for his true identity. One night, he had a dream in which he saw fire falling from the heavens. In his dream, there was a Rastafarian in his house saying to him that he must know himself. As a result, he sought refuge in the Rastafarian faith believing that Selassie was God and became totally immersed in the Religion.

Knowing that he was raised in a Christian home, he prayed for God's guidance because he was confused about the path he was taking. While studying the bible intensely, he stumbled on Acts 4:12 which reads,"...There is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved." This 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.





Gospel artiste Moses takes refuge in Jesus Christ

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Kasim "Moses" Grant was born on November 29, 1980 to parents Andrea McLauren and Michael Grant. He grew up in the violent community called Rema Trench Town in the city of Kingston. Moses lost his father at a tender age. His father was one of the top gun men in the community who was killed by police in a shoot out. Moses life was not a bed of roses. His daily needs were hard to come by as his single parent mother fought to overcome poverty to satisfy her children. He grew up with the influence of Rastafarian faith around him, gang violence and the belief that there was no other way to rise above the odds.

Over greed of territory, war broke out with his community and several other communities around him. After three (3) years of ongoing violence and seeing some of his closest friends and neighbours being shot and killed, he felt that his life was in jeopardy, so he got involved in gang violence to protect himself and the people who were close to him. After shooting at men from the opposite side and shooting at the police when necessary sadness rains on the night of May 3, 1997 after Moses went to sleep about after Two (2) in the morning. His door was kicked off by gunmen from the opposite side of the community and was shot three (3) times. One bullet hit him in his head one in his stomach and one in his butt. He spent two weeks in the hospital, surviving a death that was sure. Moses knew then God had a calling on his life.





Kirk Franklin-Looking for you

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judy-mowatt-gospel-reggae.jpgAlthough the music business has seen hundreds of gifted female artists, there have been but a handful who compose their own music. JUDY MOWATT, who for years was a key member of BOB MARLEY'S I-THREES, is one of those rare women who control their artistic destiny. As a result, she has achieved an impressive chain of accomplishments. JUDY became the first female singer nominated for a GRAMMY in the category of reggae music when her 'WORKING WONDERS' LP was nominated in 1985. She was the first female reggae artist to appear on LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, when she made her solo debut that same year. Her LP 'BLACK WOMAN,' is considered by many critics to be the greatest reggae LP done by a female artiste, and it was the first reggae LP recorded by a woman acting as her own producer.

Being committed to meaningful lyrics, JUDY became a renowned advocate for women's issues, spiritual inspiration and African liberation. The song, 'LOVE - IS OVERDUE,' that is featured on her album, made her the first female reggae singer to score a major American popular hit. With her magnificent voice, fertile composing talent and stunning beauty, JUDY has all the ingredients necessary to continue taking her trend - setting music even further into the international arena.





Stitchie - gospel reggae

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Chevelle Franklyn - 'I can't do this anymore...

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Chevelle-Franklyn-gospel-jamaica.jpgChevelle Franklyn is without doubt one of the most outstanding Ministers of Music to have arrived on the gospel music scene over the past seven years. Her energy as a performer, insight as a songwriter/producer, vocal capacity as a singer, and her anointing as a worshiper has ensured her success as a leading, international, multiple award-winning Psalmist. Chevelle recorded her first work 'Here I Am' at the tender age of 14. Nurtured by some of the top names among Jamaica's music producers, Chevelle soon marked out a distinctive territory in Jamaica's dancehall culture scene.

Her future took a rosy turn and she recorded smash hits Nice and Naughty followed by No Pushover in 1992. But despite the great success, there remained a gaping hole in her soul. In 1998, during a concert, Chevelle, tired of the empty way of life and hopelessness, suddenly declared on stage a change of direction in her career and lifestyle, she decided to become a Christian. As a symbol of her signature to this new change, she sang Kirk Franklin's song 'Silver and Gold' on stage. She said: 'I did not hear a message or anything, but I felt the calling of God.





Gospel artiste Prodigal Son - 'Gully Mama'

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A moment with gospel artiste Stitchie

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Stitchie-gospel-papa-san.jpgHow do you know if the Spirit is Real?

I've always heard the story of the little boy who asked the same question. His mother asked if he could feel, or touch his tooth ache
. The boy replied by saying no, yet it hurts and I know it's there. The mother concluded that the spirit is similar, you can't see it but you know it's there.

Power of Love

God's grace teaches us how to live righteously - (Titus 2:11-12)

"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should
live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.

God's Grace

God's grace is the most perfect example of love, unselfishness, and compassion. Never has there been anyone more perfectly justified
in delivering... well...justice. And, we are equal dissevering of that justice. And the justice that we deserve is death. Yet, God
offers us life. He offers us life eternal in Heaven. So, if you are looking for someone to model your life after, it's Jesus.





Gospel artiste - Ryan Mark - 'God Have Mi Bak'

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papa_san_gospel_jesus_God.jpgIt's often been said that music is the universal language. And, if that's so, no one speaks it better than Papa San. He opens his latest release, the astonishing, compelling, arresting Real & Personal, with a question that almost teases the listener to try and answer it. "Is it rock?/Is it roll?/Is it reggae?" Papa San asks, as machine-gun volley of percussion, crunching metal guitars and synths pound into play on the sizzling "More Life."

And, of course, the answer is simply, "Yes! All of the above." But the trip has only begun. It would be more accurate to just say it’s international, Jamaican, "new-school" Dancehall superstar, Papa San: back, bold, and in your face like never before. With a sound completely his own-and constantly evolving-Papa San stretches Gospel to places only he could take it.





Judy Mowatt Bath, St. Thomas Project - Led by God

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JudyMowatt_gospel.jpgIn the year 2003, Judy Mowatt was led by God to stage her birthday celebration with the people of Bath, St. Thomas in the form of a health fair Christmas treat. In addition, to culminate with a grand gospel concert with the most current, anointed ministers in the industry.

The directive from God was specific, but not having a family member or friend from the area, sister Judy had to seek advice from key people in the community. She recalls her only link to the town of Bath,

"The hot spring situated above the Bath Fountain Hotel has medicinal and healing properties and it is also one of my cooling out spots."

Walking by faith and obedience to God, you're able to produce and fulfill the purpose.

This project is entitled, "JUDY MOWATT'S BIRTHDAY BASH."





AngelinZion_Gospel_Artiste_Jamaica.jpgGospel music's new recording artist, Angela V. Gordon-Kelly, (Stage name: AngelinZion) has been creating a sensation with her debut release album "What God wants you to know". Her annointed, refreshing, dynamic and inspiring music places her among the elite gospel performers of today.

Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica; AngelinZion has loved singing from the very early years. Some notable accomplishments includes singing at the 'Prudential Insurance Academy of Honor' in Toronto Canada; singing on two albums with 'Andy Miller & The New Horizon Singers - Touching You & Onwards'; and being the founder and leader of the acappella quartet group "Praisers with a purpose".





Judy Mowatt for 'Gospel Extravaganza Explosion'

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JodyMowatt.jpgGospel singer Judy Mowatt is now in the United Kingdom where she will be performing at a concert in London called 'Gospel Extravaganza Explosion'. The show's promoter is Bishop C. Morgan, who had been a reggae show promoter for over 17 years doing mega-concerts with Bob Marley and the Wailers, and even Shabba Ranks.

"I am really looking forward to this show, these are exciting times and when I go to minister, I always wonder what God will be doing to win over new souls with my ministry. I am also looking forward to seeing my friends from the Marley and the Wailers days. Some of my friends are now Christians, and the others who are not will always be my forever friends," she told YardFlex.com.

The show, which will be held on September 23rd at the 249 East India Dock Road in Poplar, London, will also feature exciting new gospel voices such as DJ Nicholas and Kerron Ellis.





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Prodigy_GospelMusic_PapaSan_JudyMowatt.jpgIf you want to find Prodigy, you have to ambush him at the Herbal Life on Braemar Avenue where he hangs out everyday.

"I like it here, I can do my meditation on the word right here in this quiet atmosphere, and drink a tea and shake, it's a healthy thing for my immune system," he told YardFlex.Com.

He is wearing a black shirt with the words 'A blood donor saved my life' emblazoned on the front and Mathew 26:28 (This is my blood of the covenant....) printed on the back. He wears silver jewellery.

He is one of the new faces leading the reggae gospel charge in Jamaica.

So songs like 'Every Morning' and 'Sin No More' came out of particular struggles that I had, while other songs like I Love You Lord featuring Crissy D came out of worship and quiet time being spent with God."

The Chosen Prodigy is currently being distributed by Caribbean Gospel.

Shows in England, St. Maarten, and the Turks and Caicos, and Canada in August.

"Reggae gospel is still on the rise and it's getting bigger especially in the wider Caribbean. The UK is one of those markets that is showing a lot of potential as well.