“It’s all about evangelism. I’ve been here a couple of times, so looking forward to having a wonderful time with the fans, wonderful time with the Body of Christ; seeing that people are set free, being blessed, get saved by the power of God. That’s the main goal for this event, tonight, and just to jell with the family of God and have a wonderful time in Christ. I know that people will be refreshed and touched by the power of the Holy Spirit.” said Papa San in an interview with reporters at B.T.L. Park in Belize City after several days of evangelism countrywide.
Local gospel-industry veteran Tommy Cowan and seven-time Billboard charting gospel recording artiste Papa San agree that local contemporary gospel artistes are more equipped to climb the charts in album sales.
In light of recent evidence, they also agree that gospel artistes have more opportunities to infiltrate other genre spaces.
“The future of Caribbean gospel music is very bright as we getting up in the space of reggae artistes like Jah Cure, Freddie McGreggor and Beres Hammond, up in those leagues,” Tommy Cowan told THE WEEKEND STAR, JAMAICA.
A few weeks ago, Chevelle Franklyn’s album, Set Time, entered the Billboard Reggae Chart. The 18-track compilation was released on August 25 and is Franklyn’s first studio release in more than five years. The compilation entered the chart at No. 11 and marks the first time in her more than 26-year career that one of her albums has charted.
“I am so happy and glad for Chevelle. Nothing before the time, and not just on a gospel chart, but to penetrate the secular Billboard chart. I hope to see more artistes experience these things. I’ve had seven albums in the top 10,” Papa San said.
He believes the occurrence of gospel-themed reggae on the Billboard charts is the result of commitment and experience.
“Chevelle hitting the reggae charts, specifically is not the first in recent times,” Tommy highlighted.