Crystal Reid is a wife to one, a mother of two, a sister and a friend. She is also a singer, performer, songwriter and most importantly, a lover of God. Born on the beautiful island of Jamaica, Crystal grew up in St. Catherine but moved to Kingston at age 17. She has been singing since the age of two and did her first real performance at the tender age of twelve, while at her grade six graduation at the White Marl Primary and Junior High School.
She considers herself a product of purpose, greatness and love, because she has passed through so many ABC’s (Abused, Belittlement and chastisement) in life, that the only reason she is still standing is because of God’s grace. Music plays a key role in Crystal‘s life as it helps her to release stress, remain calm through any situation and draws her closer to God. Most of her music is a testament of what God has brought her through and what He is currently doing in her life.
Her discography includes: “Thank you Lord” and “Jesus lover of my soul,”recorded in October, 2015, with production credits for both songs going to Cameron Browne; “Thou Art Holy,” which was released earlier this year (produced by Emmanuel Mike) and “I’m not giving up,” a record done in collaboration with gospel recording artist Keesa Peart, which is all about abuse and disappointments she suffered as a youth growing up in Jamaica. Crystal is currently in the process of producing her first debut album which is entitled “Thank you Lord.”
This is what Crystal Reid has to say about her career as a recording artist to date: ”I started recording for my own benefit and gratification, however the Lord told me this is not the case and that this will be used to glorify HIM alone. I am an oracle for Jesus Christ and will continue to lift up the blood-stained banner as I spread the good news.”
Lions Club Of Tropical Gardens presents an event called “For The Love Of Humanity,” featuring a live performance by Jamaican gospel star Kevin Downswell. It will take place at the Lions Community Center (Grand Cayman Islands) on Saturday, April 13th.
Some local guest artists will also be on the show, namely: Omar Walters, Opal Stewarts, Sylvia Wilks, Williams Quartet, Red Bay Gospel Band and Shanda Gallego.
With regular tickets going for $30 at the gate and $50 for VIP, The organizers are hoping to raise funds for a Diabetes education and awareness program.
On Sunday, March 10th, The Realignment Tour will be stopping in South Florida at the Victory Place International Worship Center (3842 N University Drive) in Sunrise. It features performances by Kevin Downswell, DJ Nicholas, Sean Lypher, Ashaala Shanae and many more.
Admission for adults is $25 USD and for children it’s $10 USD. For additional information persons should call 954-604-6229.
Friday, March 8th is recognized as International Women’s Day, and as such, there will be a slew of events taking place in various venues around the world all aimed at highlighting and celebrating women.
In Lund, Sweden, Ghanian dancehall and afro-beat artist Aurelia Dey will take center stage at Mejeriet (Stora Södergatan). She will present both her music and her opinions on topics like Afropean (African-European) equality and anti-racism movements. Persons interested in attending this event should visit its Facebook page for additional info.
Click here to check out Aurelia Dey’s latest song and video.
Rocky Dawuni, the international recording artist and humanitarian activist, announces the release of his highly anticipated 7th studio album, Beats of Zion, scheduled for publication on March 8th, 2019 via Six Degrees Distribution.
The thirteen-track record follows the GRAMMY nominated album, Branches of the Same Tree, which got the nod for “Best Reggae Album” in 2016.
A few days ago, American poet Sunni Patterson, who is also known for her musical skills, shared a new song entitled Ancestor Song.
This is how she described the track:
“Patterned after the hymn, Precious Lord, Ancestor Song pays homage first, to my own personal Ancestors, then to the collective Ancestors that guide, protect, and support our lives. I wanted this track to be as organic as possible, using what was around me…my hands, my ring tapping the mic stand, a spoon and bowl, an orange juice bottle, etc. I knew I needed my god sister, Jew-el, to bless the piece with her magnificent voice, and my dear Baba Egunwale’s prayer (that he just left on my voicemail. lol. Ha! Blessings all around!) to enhance it, as well. I actually recorded this over a year or so ago, and still this isn’t the “final” version, but I was compelled to share it- as it is.”
Click here to listen and download Ancestor Song.
Karamanti has won the August 2018 Akademia Music Award for Best World Beat Song for ‘Be Yourself’! To be distinguished for creative excellence among a crowded playing field is an important achievement. Yet, equally important is the process of sharing this achievement with a broader base of music industry professionals. That is something that Akademia is committed to doing for Karamanti in order to increase her recognition and exposure.
For this purpose, they have prepared a custom press release – an Artist Spotlight – that they will be sharing in the coming weeks with industry contacts outside of the Akademia, including record executives, A&R staff, producers, publishers and many more, all focused on urban genres. Please click link below to view Karamanti’s Artist Spotlight: https://www.theakademia.com/music/rpTBPjH7PSkpB3ZgnGvD.html
Check out ‘Be Yourself’ on YouTube
Download ‘Be Yourself’ here