Skerrit Bwoy Debut Electric Gospel Album “Jesus Party Vol. 1”
by Roxxi Chung
(Bronx, New York)
Antiguan born, Bronx based deejay releases his debut Electric Gospel Album “Jesus Party Vol.
The first of what is set to be a three volume series with each collection featuring eleven tracks, one for each disciple of Jesus, minus Judas. The impetus behind this project is Skerrit Bwoy’s calling to introduce people to fresh hard-hitting music that celebrates Jesus Christ in a manner that is both uplifting and fulfilling.
Featuring songs such as “Christian Girl Dem” a song celebrating Christian women; “iXreal”, a play on Israel the place where it is prophesied that Jesus will return, and “Jesus Party” the title track which encompasses Skerrit’s mission when crafting the project.
Born on the Caribbean Island of Antigua, Richardson immigrated with his family to the Bronx section of New York city at the age of 9 years. Growing up in a new country had its challenges. Indeed, these challenges only helped to cultivate, at a young age, his love for music and entertainment. Inspired by his father and uncle who were successful local deejays and members of a prominent local sound crew, Richardson picked up the “family business” so to speak.
While in High School he began to produce homemade deejay mixtapes by recording new reggae and dancehall music from the radio. Eventually learning how to deejay, craft his own mixes and blends.
Skerrit Bwoy is no stranger to the entertainment profession, he was featured by prominent media outlets such as CNN, Large Up, The Fader, TruTV and even had a Documentary entitled “Temporary Sanity,” by Dan Bruun, which went on to be featured in several film festivals around the world.
In addition, he toured as a MC/Hype Man with EDM powerhouse Major Lazer which included Dipo, Jillionaire and Switch. Skerrit Bwoy was an integral part of Major Lazer’s stage performance thus affording him the opportunity to be a contributor during the production and creation process, chiefly with the stated purpose of optimizing the music for translation to the stage for a
In between touring, Skerrit Bwoy continued to produce music for others and deejay night clubs and festivals throughout New York City, the Caribbean, Asia, and more, soon becoming the sort after “Selecta” and headliner.
Despite his success however, he didn’t feel complete in his personal life and felt there was something missing. This is when Richardson decided to dedicate his life and his craft to Jesus Christ.
When asked why he chose to keep his stage name Richardson explains: “Skerrit was a place in my country that was a home for the “unwanted” youth who had a street reputation, originally I went by that moniker because I never wanted to forget where I came from.”
He goes on to say, “Ultimately I kept the name as a reminder of where I came from and also that God loves us all including the so-called unwanted. Actually he loves the unwanted the most”
After Skerrit got saved he became disillusioned with the music used in traditional churches. His background was hard-hitting up-tempo music and he felt that there was a void within Christian music that he could fill.
“One day God told me, “Go Make Music…” explains Skerrit Bwoy when describing his decision to use his musical talents to spread the gospel. He goes on to add, “… I didn’t even know how to play an instrument… But as soon as I decided to make music, doors opened up for me.
Coining the phrase “Electric Gospel”, Skerrit Bwoy combines elements of EDM, Pop, Dancehall and Soca while keeping the message of Christianity at the core of all of his compositions.
Skerrit Bwoy is truly a preacher at heart. In addition to producing Electronic gospel music, his mission is to bring the gospel to as many people as possible, however not in a traditional heavy- handed manner.
There is Joy in being faithful to one’s beliefs and Skerrit Bwoy’s music wants to reflect that, and he is inviting everyone to join him in that joy.