As the world continues to grapple with lives lost and lessons of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), international Psalmist Chevelle Franklyn is set to uplift spirits with the release of her latest track “Go In Your Strength,” alongside a bonus track, “iPrevail,” on Friday, April 3rd.
This is what Chevelle Franklyn had to say about the project: “iPrevailwas recorded in South Africa over one year ago and written four years ago, God was ahead of us. We were all set to release our Anthem of the Ages, “Go in Your Strength,” yet God is pushing with this as well. Coronavirus will not take us because the blood of Jesus prevails.”
To date, there have been over half a million cases and over twenty-three thousand deaths worldwide because of the corona virus; but most importantly, there have been a continuous rise in those recovering, with the last count at over 123,000. Franklyn believes when ministry supersedes industry, anointing can override strategy. “iPrevail” is an enduring declaration of hope and healing over our lives. The Holy Spirit is at work.
The dual release will be accompanied by the music video of the lead single “Go In Your Strength,” shot at the legendary BOP Studio in Mahikeng, South Africa. The album, which features both tracks, is set for release in mid-2020.
On Friday, March 27th, twelve gospel artists from several different countries (South Africa, Jamaica, United States, Guyana, Nigeria, Dominica Republic and Canada) will partake in an online concert dubbed The Worship Watch For The Nations. Confirmed artists include: Xolani Sithole, Kevin Downswell, Micah Stampley, Samuel Medas, Coco Crosson, Danny Cosby, Maranda Curtis, Uche Agu, Josue Rolon, Chandler Moore, Daniel Ojo and Geoffrey Golden.
Each artist will perform for exactly thirty (30) minutes, starting at 6PM ET. Persons can stream the show from the following facebook page: facebook.com/WatchAndPray2020.
Amid increased COVID-19 (the novel Coronavirus) precautions set forth by government and health authorities, global spiritual leader and Senior Pastor of The Potter’s House Bishop T.D. Jakes has set forth a plan offering customized content, designed to counter growing anxieties and offer hope for those around the globe restricted from their social normalcy.
In speaking with Bishop Jakes, he has shed light on why he felt communicating to a global audience in this manner is needed and how he’ll be using his relationships with some of the nation’s leading authorities across all industries to speak to specific issues as they arise.
“The Church’s voice has never been needed more than now. I am and will continue to fight for the voice of the Church. With our new worship experiences placed in our global ministry hub designed specifically with you in mind during the COVID-19 developments, we aim to be a comfort in the middle of chaos, to strengthen your resolve, and to eliminate unnecessary worry,” remarked Jakes. “I will be collaborating with some of my friends who are the leading experts in their fields to bring you information and crucial conversations on how to better help your family during this season of uncertainty. Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. We will not leave you untouched and uncared for.”
In the coming days, Jakes will provide audiences with crucial and timely content to help families during this season of uncertainty. Customized messages are expected to speak to relevant issues such as:
• Managing PTSD and escaping addictive behaviors during times of stress.
• How to talk to children and vulnerable communities about fear and anxiety.
While The Potter’s House may have closed its doors for gathering and fellowship due to social distancing mandates, its commitment to keeping the voice of the Church reverberating throughout the globe still holds strong. The Church has commenced broadcasting and distributing exclusive content regularly. The resources are specifically designed to address escalating concerns as isolation mandates from health and government authorities are increasing.
All resources and future conversations will be shared through The Potter’s House’s free digital platforms found here: YouTube | Facebook | Web | Mobile App.
A few weeks ago we shared the biography of up and coming recording artist M.R. Though he’s a new artist he is definitely not new to music. M.R is a self-taught professional musician and songwriter who’s been contributing to church choirs for years.
That being said, Gospel Must Be Preached is his first official release as an independent vocalist and performer. The track is a catchy reggae-gospel song that is sure to inspire and captivate listeners. As the name implies, Gospel Must Be Preached is all about the importance of spreading the word of God in ‘every lane and every valley.’
It was produced by M.R and his team at Solomon Bill Studio in Canada, where he is based, and mixed by Audiotraxx Production (c/o Maria Jackson Entertainment) in Jamaica. The song’s artwork was also designed by Maria Jackson. According to M.R, Gospel Must Be Preached was “inspired by the times we are living in where the relevancy of the four cornered church building seems to be ineffective at fulfilling the mandate of Christ in impacting the outer world.”
M.R, whose birth name is Michael Reid (known on social media platforms as “mykalread”) is a Jamaican born, Canadian based gospel recording artist, musician and songwriter.
Michael grew up in a christian home in a small district in Jamaica known as Mount Moriah with his mother, father and two sisters. He attended the Mount Moriah Primary School, Edwin Allen High and subsequently enrolled in the Hospitality Skills program at the Runaway Bay Heart Trust Institute. After completing his Hospitality Skills course, he went on to work in the hotel industry for over seven (7) years.
From an early age M.R has always been passionate about music. He would transform any suitable surface into a drum set, hitting it with either his hands, pieces of stick, pens or pencils. His passion for music was so intense that at the age of eleven (11) he was sent to do music lessons with a family friend who was visiting from England. He initially started learning to play both the electric guitar and drums but quickly grew disinterested. He then expressed interest in the keyboard / piano and was taught the basic triads of C, F and G chords before his tutor returned home. With the little knowledge that M.R garnered, he started practicing at his home church, and became so committed and passionate that he taught himself to play at a professional level by way of the internet.
Fast forward to 2019, which is when M.R wrote his first published song titled “hallelujah,” sung by Crystal Reid, whom he also manages. He is currently gearing up to release his first track called “The Gospel Must Be Preached”; while simultaneously working on his debut album.
A husband and also the father of three (3) beautiful daughters, M.R is a God fearing, humble and unique individual who is committed to represent Christ not only in his music but also in his everyday lifestyle.
In 2014, M.R migrated to Canada for work purposes. While there, he attended the Refuge Temple Church where he later became the music minister. He then realized that he had a calling on his life not only to play music and preach but also to write songs.
Recording artist, Alley Bless, who came 2nd in Jamaica’s 2019 Festival Song Competition, has just shot the video for her powerful single, “Rough.” Published on the Sekimhaj Records label, “Rough” is a captivating, inspirational track that encourages its listeners to preserve regardless of the challenges.
The video, which was shot by Maria Jackson in St. Thomas this past Saturday, will show Alley Bless telling the story of a poor single mother who struggles to feed herself and her son. The visuals are currently being edited and should be ready for release in approximately two and a half weeks.
“Rough” was written and produced by Sekimhaj Records’ CEO and owner, Michael Reynolds.
The 2020 Jazz in the Gardensmusic festival will take place at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on March 14th and 15th.
The event will showcase several influencial pop artists, such as: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Nelly, Charlie Wilson, H.E.R, SWV and Stokely from MintCondition. The organizers, recognizing that the lineup would not be complete without a gospel act to minister to the audience, added gospel artist Kirk Franklin.