Monday, 14 September 2020

MAN IN THE MIRROR: Award-winning gospel star Jermaine Edwards on patience and perseverance and impacting lives

MIND OVER MATTER: “For me, it’s now about impacting lives,” Edwards says.

IF there’s one supreme lesson life has taught Jermaine Edwards it’s the value of being patient. “Patience is about having the discipline to take things in stages and in order. There’s no really successful person out there who didn’t take the time to come up with a proper plan. If you had the discipline you wouldn’t be impatient,” the ace gospel singer-songwriter shared during a guest spot on CVM’s The Alrick Show.

By all appearances, Edwards’ impressive rise in the gospel music game was the result of patience and some proper planning. But, as he explains, a recording career was never at the forefront of his mind back in the day. “I’ve done several business ventures. I’ve had a car wash. I tried to open a gym. I even went into the classroom for two years,” says the entertainer and son of a preacher man who started out directing the choir and playing keyboard at his daddy’s Spanish Town-based church.

Dear old dad, who saw the potential and the promise, decided to invest $300,000 of his own money to give his talented son a push-start. And the rest, as they say, is history. 

A married father of two daughters (an 18-year-old and a 14-year-old), Edwards has been making incredible strides ever since – from starting his Island Worship label and releasing notable hit songs (“Peace in my Soul”, “Beautiful Day”, “Hallelujah to Our King”) to dropping albums like last summer’s I Will Follow, which helped him cop four wins (from a leading eight nominations) at this year’s staging of the Sterling Gospel Music Awards – including Male Artiste of the Year. 

“For me, it’s now about impacting lives,” Edwards says. “My purpose is to use this instrument God has given me to reach youths, men in particular, and show them a different perspective on life. What’s important is that, as an artiste, you do something for somebody’s life; help make him a better father, a better husband; help him reach a better place.” 

>> Check out Jermaine’s new video “Watch Over Me”

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