Two new gospel singles have hit the local market.
The creator is Kerina Hall, whose Christian love song In the Sight of God and Christmas original Celebrate Messiah King, were last month released to local radio stations.
Hall told High Note that In the Sight of God, a ballad, is about the celebration of romantic love between a couple, as they anticipate their wedding day and marriage. She said the Christmas song is a fusion of Latin and disco.
This singer/song writer accompanied herself on both releases via the piano and performed background vocals in one, Celebrate Messiah King.
“My goal for the future is to provide music for the local church. We need to be singing our own songs, rather than the American songs,” added the gospel artiste.
She said that next year she would continue to release more singles and eventually produce a second album.
Hall’s first album, What Matters Most, was produced back in 2008.
“All of those copies have been sold out. I don’t have any remaining,” she noted.
Another goal of hers is to produce recordings in the Caribbean music genre.
“I have a reggae and a calypso song there. But I will be doing more Caribbean rhythms,” announced Hall.
Her involvement in music started at about age four, when she played the recorder at school and later at age nine, took classical piano lessons.
However, Hall had to break from those classes to focus on her CXCs and did not return to the keyboard until a “few” years ago, when she resume playing by ear.
She is considering releasing her music on Caribbean radio stations sometime in the near future.
Hall’s musical CV is also reflected in her tenure as choir director at the Speightstown Wesleyan Holiness Church.
She confessed that the repertoire included several of her original compositions, particularly during harvest time. The local gospel singer observed that the annual harvest service was one with a difference, in that the choir dressed like a folk group for a few years and performed songs written locally.
She praised the work of sound engineer Vere Norville, who produced her latest releases.
“He is easy to work with. It is always good to have someone who is easy to work with. Vere is also the sound engineer at the Mount of Praise Church,” Hall declared
In related news, Barbadians can enjoy Breakfast Gospel every Sunday morning from 9 at the Crane Resort. Owner of the hotel, Paul Doyle told High Note, locals residents can absorb the dynamic singing of at least two choirs while feasting on a sumptuous breakfast.††