It’s not every day that you meet a young person who is on fire for God and strives to lead a life pleasing to Him.
It’s also not every day that you meet a young person with vocals rivalling some of the biggest, more experienced and best singers around.
Meeting Mequissa Quissa Baptiste, you feel a sense of warmth and comfort, as if you were in the presence of God Himself, proving that her Christian status is not a façade, but definitely who she is.
Quissa is not your typical ‘gospel singer’. In fact, she doesn’t label herself as such, given that she sings about all aspects of her life.
“I wouldn’t say I am a gospel singer because I think gospel singers sing gospel only,” she explained in an interview with Bajan Vibes.
“I see myself a lot like Brit Nicole, who sings a lot about life and experiences and so on. I incorporate God into every single song I write but I write about my life.”
Last Friday, Quissa released her first single, End of Us which speaks of a recent breakup and how she got through it. She was naturally elated about this accomplishment.
“I’m super excited, overwhelmed because I did not expect to move so fast,” said the 19-year-old.
“To put so much into it, I’m proud to see where it is going and I’m proud for the different opportunities that would have been given to me.”
Asked if she finds it hard to be a Christian whilst pursuing a music career in a world driven by secular music, Quissa said having a made up mind does not make it difficult at all.
“I have made up my mind to stay true to what I believe in, my core values,” she said passionately.
“I am here to lift people up and inspire people and also be an example so that people would be led to God.”
As Quissa sees it, the real challenge for her would be getting “traditional Christians’ to accept her style of music.
“The challenge comes for the traditional church person. It could come off as not Christian because it’s not the jump, wave you hand type song et cetera.
“The biggest barrier I would face would be getting all Christians to accept this type of music. People may not understand why I say I’m a Christian and I’m putting out music that is talking about a break up and someone who treated me so bad,” she explained.
“What I want them to understand is Christians are human. Christians are real and we all go through these things. God will always be glorified when you are talking about the truth.”
Quissa said there were very few Christians who sang about what young Christian girls actually go through and she was making it her mission to be a voice for them.
“You don’t find persons who talk about things that actually happen to us Christian girls. We all go through all of this,” she remarked.
“I write love songs. I write songs about friends who weren’t nice to me, and I write songs about different issues in the world . . . I write about my relationship with God.”
If anyone finds Quissa’s stance and journey as a Christian somewhat confusing, maybe her life philosophy may help to clarify things a bit. She said her life was informed by 2 Corinthians 5:15.
“I have this verse stuck up in my bedroom and it reads “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but live for Him who died for them and rose again.”
She went on: “That is my life philosophy because I have decided because Jesus has died for me and he is not physically on this earth anymore and I am, I have to live for him.
“I have to do everything that he would want. I have to be an example. I have to show love. I have to be kind and I have to inspire people like he did and I have to make him happy.”
Quissa said her mission was to be a lighthouse guiding people. Describing her journey as one that is happening quickly, the young singer thanked everyone who has assisted her so far along the way.
“A lot of people have helped me. A lot of people have invested in me. People in Barbados, Grenada, Canada, my family and friends all over the world have invested in me. It’s incredible how much support I get.
“I’m realizing now everything, like the church, is a body. I cannot be a singer without persons helping me. We all work together to create this music,” she said.