Move Up Records goes 'up deh' with gospel
Secular music production house Move Up Records is feeling fired up with the growing success of its recently released gospel album 'Up Deh'.
The album, laid exclusively on a mento-calypso fusion rhythm called The Up Deh, feature some of the best traditional gospel singers, along with a suite of former dancehall stars now singing for the Lord.
Headlining the 12-track album are former hardcore dancehall stars Sista Sasha (Nuh Trouble Me), Ninja Diamond (God Alone Will see You Through), Meekie Melody (Glory And Praise), and Little Hero with No Story.
Also featured are Colleen Wiltshire (Thank You Jesus), Minister Jabez (Father Protect Me), Keesa Peart (Jesus Touch Me), Kuku Doo (Don't Trouble It), Peninsilyn (Why), Shayn Prince (Love And Unity), Raleygh Christie (Don't You Worry), Tamaica Simpson (I Am Free) and, Sista Patt with Deliver Me.
Move Up records' Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ralston Simpson said the album is already getting heavy rotation on a number of local and international radio stations in the Cayman Islands, England, the USA, Canada, Jamaica, and the wider Caribbean.
He said since the release, the studio has been inundated with requests from other artistes, especially secular performers.
"While we are mostly a secular music production outfit, we are also quite dynamic in what we do, therefore, it wasn't a big hassle to put together a well-produced gospel album," the CEO said.
"However, we didn't want to produce another run-of-the-mill gospel album, so we experimented with a calypso-mento fusion-style rhythm for this project, and so far, it's a massive success."
The CEO said he and his production team had already advanced to video production for the album.