Christian artiste Richard Antonio, known as Rusty in his former soca secular life, is this month bringing together some of the biggest names in local gospel music to help him and his band Kingdom Fuh Life (KFL) celebrate their first year in the music ministry, as well as to launch Antonio’s debut CD album Worship You.
So the stage is set for this major event on November 15 at the Sanctuary Empowerment Centre in Country Road, St Michael, where patrons will be taken on the musical journey of their lives with some of the 11 tracks from the album –– all except one (Your Presence by Israel Haughton) –– having been written and produced by Antonio himself.
With the main genre of the album being soca and reggae, only those who are at the Sanctuary Empowerment Centre on the evening of the launch will get to hear Coming Down, Jesus I Believe In You, Mourning To Dancing, You Are The One, Free, Worship You (title song), Taking It Back, Free (the saxaphone featuring Jason Morris), Give Love, Because Of You (featuring Donella) or Mourning To Dancing (the instrumental version).
And to put the icing on the cake, ladies and gentlemen, please help me welcome on stage the rocking soca and reggae music minister and recording artist De Warrior; next we have the sweet, melodic songstress Kianne Walters, followed by the inspiring Kiann Browne, Earl Bishop out of Guyana, the Halal Dancers based at the Sanctuary Empowerment Centre, and special guest Don Ross Oliver (13-year-old son of the host Richard Antonio).
Perhaps the best news of all for many people is that the event is free. Yes, I said free. Just walk with an offering and bring a friend.
While Richard Antonio prepares to launch his debut album next weekend, Gozzy, another popular recording artist, has just released I Cry, a new single –– the first recording for 2015 –– since his debut album Redemption Music hit the market last year with a big concert launch.
I Cry, written by Gozzy and produced by Shane Forrester, is a soul-searching call for us to seek God’s heart and to cry out for the nations . . . .
“Lord You know my heart and You feel all the pain I see.”
According to Gozzy himself, I Cry addresses a lot of the injustice, issues and disasters going on in the world today and in his country Barbados.
He says it primarily challenges men to ignore the cliche “real men don’t cry” and to be broken before God in light of all of the turmoil, to stand in the gap as a channel of God’s Kingdom and to cry out to Him for the nations and people who are lost and hurting.
Some of the topics addressed by the song include police injustice, human trafficking, abortion, drugs and violence, and prostitution.
The song, written in early 2015, has been used by Gozzy throughout the year in a Prison Outreach Campaign led by Island Worship, a local charity.
Well, well, the new releases seem to be coming fast and furious, because we have news of yet another one that hit the market earlier this month.
Life Shift Records –– the Barbadian-based comtemporary Christian worship label –– announced that it had released the single Promises by Nadine Howell, a singer/songwriter from St Vincent and the Grenadines. Promises is Nadine’s first single and was written by the artiste herself, along with Carol Angel and David Thomas, for the label’s upcoming worship project.
Nadine is a worship leader who adores God with her heart, and allows the essence of her love to flow through her songs. She enjoys the simple things in life and intends for the world to see God through her gift of singing.
Check out this new CD from Nadine.
That’s it for this week. Until next time, I’m outta here with blessings on you.