Monday, October 8, 2012

GB Gospel Fest - About the Artist: Jermaine Edwards


Music executives promised more money, more fame and more awards. After five years as a solo recording artiste, producers were beginning to take notice of Jermaine Edward’s massive musical talent. They saw a bright future ahead of him and painted a picture of glitz and glamour. He only had to do one thing: stop singing about Jesus.

Faced with the choice of giving up gospel for secular music, Jermaine took some time to examine God’s thumbprints on his life. The offer was tempting, but he was certain that more than anything else, he wanted to honour God. His decision to commit his talents to spreading the gospel, inspired the song Make You Smile, which would go on to win Song of the Year at the 2010 Caribbean Gospel Marlin Awards.

Born in St. Andrew, Jamaica on July 22,1980, to Bishop Rowan Edwards and Pastor Janet Edwards, Jermaine grew up surrounded by Christian teachings. His ear for harmony was apparent from an early age, so Bishop Edwards put his reluctant son in charge of music at his church. Before he was ten years old, Jermaine was playing the keyboard at Sunday services and crusades where his father preached. He was later ordained Minister of Music at Light House Assembly. Inspired by his praise and worship sessions, the congregation encouraged his progress as a musician.

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