Monday, 20 June 2016

ON THE RECORD: Donnie McClurkin headlines Fun In The Son + Lady Saw hears ‘When God Speaks’ + Protoje treats fans to ‘Free’ EP

GUEST OF HONOUR: Kirk Franklin, Tye Tribbett, Mary Mary – they’ve all rocked the stage at Jamaica’s premier gospel festival, Fun in the Son, as international headliners. For the 2016 staging, organizers Glory Music have confirmed the appearance of Donnie McClurkin. The three-time Grammy winner, whose biggest hits include “We Fall Down” and “Stand”, will bring his powerful one-of-a-kind ministry to the stage at National Heroes’ Park on July 16. McClurkin is joined on the lineup by local heavyweights Papa San, Carlene Davis, DJ Nicholas, Rondell Positive, Judith Gayle and Kevin Downswell. “This year’s gospel festival is expected to be among the biggest ever,” Glory Music’s Tommy Cowan says. “And we look forward to the lives of many Jamaicans being transformed.”

FRESH AIR: Change is good. Just ask Marion ‘Lady Saw’ Hall, who’s been having the time of her life, ever since she gave up the dancehall world for God and gospel. “I’m not making the money that I used to, as I really have not been out there. But can I tell you how happy I am? I’m happier with less,” she recently told an interviewer. “Less is more than enough. I’m rich in spirit and strong in faith. The comfort that I’m feeling inside I’ve never felt before.” And just in time, too, as she gears up for the release of her debut Christian album, When God Speaks, slated for release on July 8. The 14-track album is led by first single “I Had Jesus” and includes other potential winners like “One Fire”, “Enemy”, “Room in My House,” “You’re Worthy” and “The Lord is With Me.” The deejay/songstress enlisted hitmakers and top-flight musicians like Sly & Robbie, Monty Alexander, Collin ‘Bulby’ York and Bobby Digital for the album, which is being released via her Minister Marion Hall label.

ON THE ‘ROYAL’ TIP: Royalty Free is the title of Protoje’s brand-new EP-style project, which comes on the heels of two potent singles – “Can’t Feel No Way” and “Glad You’re Home”. Working with a slew of noted producers and innovative graphic artist Taj Francis, Protoje has made the project available for free download on his website, An internationally rated reggae ambassador, the singer-songwriter, who repped the black, green and gold at the Coachella Music + Arts Festival in California a few months ago (and is heading on tour this summer), is known for such terrific full-length projects as The Seven Year Itch, The Eight Year Affair and Ancient Future.

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