Twenty-one-year-old gospel artiste Mechka Gill is a firm believer that gospel music can transcend genres. While encouraging young Christians to remain committed to their beliefs, Gill argues that a rhythm can’t change the truth and testimony of a song.
In December 2017, she released her first single Don’t Forget Jesus This Christmas which was co-written by Randy Eastmond of Quantum Productions and produced by Adrian Bailey of Sky Media and Magma Music. The song received steady rotation on local gospel radio stations and racked up views on YouTube.
However, Gill revealed that she was currently experimenting her sound into several genres – soca, reggae and ballad. “In the Bible it says David danced until his clothes fell off and I know he was not dancing to Amazing Grace,” Gill told Bajan Vibes.
While some argue that gospel should refrain from experimenting with secular music, Gill maintained that music is music. “It doesn’t have anything to do with the rhythm because music belongs to God in my opinion. You just have to make sure that your lyrics stay within a moral standing,” she asserted.
The University of West Indies Cave Hill biochemistry student has been crooning from the time she was three years old and playing instruments from the age of five. Born into a musical family, she grew up listening to her father Pastor Leo Gill play the piano while her three sisters and mother filled the house with song.
“I love music, everything for me is about music,” Gill commented, adding that her first performances would have been in the walls of the Bethesda Tabernacle in Vauxhall, Christ Church.
Passionate about making music her career, Gill has performed on numerous stages including the 2015 FLOW Gospel Challenge competition where she made it to the finals. She stressed that she intends to show aspiring performers that you don’t have to sacrifice your faith for your career.
“I want other young people to know that it is still possible to be young and a Christian and have a career in music that still stays within your moral standing. You don’t have to stoop to a certain level. I don’t have to sing about my body… just to have a career,” she voiced.
“Even now [there are] some persons who do not understand why I am still a Christian… So I find myself having to explain why I chose this lifestyle. But this is what I know, this is what I was born into and… I have experienced God for myself and so I am still a Christian,” Gill maintained.
As the founder of Mechka Music Ministry, a purpose filled and inspirational movement aimed at winning hearts and souls for Christ through music and ministry, Gill aims to create an increased awareness of God’s gift of salvation. Within this movement she will have the facility to share her message and to create several opportunities for persons in and around her circle. The possibilities are endless and it is the start of an exciting journey. (KK)