When one thinks of an artist whose music career spans over three decades, has made stops along world tours in South Africa, the United Kingdom, The Middle East, Asia, Austria, Germany, Holland, France, the US, Nigeria, Ghana, Namibia, Zimbabwe Zambia, and Kenya, and has collaborated with renowned artists like Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton, Micah Stampley, Lionel Petersen and, in her secular career, Shabba Ranks and Beenie Man – all this while winning multiple awards - then the name has to be none other than Chevelle Franklyn.
Chevelle has had a long and outstanding career in music and is still going strong. She is about to release her latest album titled "South Wind Vol. 1," which was recorded appropriately in South Africa. The initial plan was to record two songs in South Africa, but the two songs morphed into an entire album. The album, which is totally about worshipping God, features guest artists from South Africa. Ntokozo Mbambo was a prominent collaborator. Chevelle co-produced the album together with Nqubeko Mbatha and Mojalefa Mjakes Thebe. Those who know South African languages, will get to hear Chevelle sing in Zulu, one of South Africa's most widely spoken indigenous languages. The lead single from the album, "Go In Your Strength," which incidentally was written over a span of five inspirational minutes while in South Africa, is set for release in early April 2020.
The highly respected Chevelle started her journey in music as a teenager when she recorded her first single called "Here I Am." By 1991, her career was blossoming, leading to her featuring on Shabba Ranks' worldwide hit, "Mr. Lover Man". She also recorded her hit single, "Dancehall Queen" with Beenie Man, which put her on the international reggae map. Having started as a reggae artist, her turning point came during a live concert in 1998 where she was expected to perform "Dancehall Queen" but instead performed the gospel song, "Silver and Gold" by Kirk Franklin. She bravely made the fateful decision to use that moment to announce that she had become a Christian and will be singing and recording gospel music from that point on exclusively. She said, "I did not hear a message or anything, but I felt the calling of God. I just broke down on the stage and said, 'I can't do this anymore.' I knew there was something better out there." Chevelle gave her life to the Lord ending all her secular contractual agreements. In the process she walked away from her international hit song "Dancehall Queen."
Currently considered as one of the world's leading psalmists, Chevelle's string of successful albums includes “Serious Girl” in 1996 and “Joy” in 2001. She produced "Shake It Off" during her 2007 South African tour and “Set Time” in 2017. “Set Time” included tracks featuring Israel Houghton and Donnie McClurkin. The year 2020 will see her release her next album that was also recorded in South Africa and will be featuring artists from that country.
Currently considered as one of World’s leading psalmists, Chevelle’s string of successful albums includes Serious Girl in 1996 and Joy in 2001, produced “Shake It Off” in 2008 for a Pastor in South Africa during her 2007 South African tour and Set Time in 2017, which included tracks featuring Israel Houghton and Donnie McClurkin. The year 2020 will see her release her next album that was also recorded in South Africa and will be featuring artists from that country.
Chevelle has enjoyed tremendous success as a Gospel artist, performing at ‘The Experience,’ Lagos Nigeria, where she was the only minister representing the Caribbean at the largest Gospel concert in the world. That event attracted approximately 800,000 people and was hosted by Pastor Paul Adefarasin. In 2004 Chevelle ministered at The International Gathering of Champions' 04 which was hosted by Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo the senior pastor at Kingsway International Christian Centre – London. Chevelle also ministered at the Festival of Praise in Manchester UK. She frequents Jesus House, London for host Pastor Agu Irukwu and Pastor Shola Adeaga and Bishop John Francis' Ruach Ministries.
Her previous albums have won accolades that include Five Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards for Outstanding New Artist of the Year, Adapted Recording of the Year, Female Reggae Recording of the Year, Contemporary Female Vocal Performance of the Year and Album of the Year award. Very impressive awards considering that it was her debut Gospel album. At the 2006 Marlin Awards, she showed that her previous wins were no fluke, walking away with the Best Reggae Vocal Performance of the Year Female Award, International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) for Best Gospel Song Award and Female Vocalist of the Year.
In 2008, she took home the Reggae Academy Award for Best Solo Female Vocal Gospel Artist. In 2009, Chevelle took away top honours at the Oraclez World Gospel Awards. In 2010, she was featured on the 'Power of One' album by Israel Houghton, one of the many collaborations in her career. The track, "Surely Goodness" went on to win at the 2010 Grammy awards, taking home the 'Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album' award. In 2013, she won London's African Gospel Music and Media Awards (AGMMA) Special Inspirational Award. Her winning streak continued in 2018 with the Album of the Year for "Set Time" from The Sterling Gospel Music Awards, Jamaica.
My upcoming worship project South Wind Vol. 1 set to be released in 2020. Stay tuned for more details...
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What the Gospel Music Industry is saying about Chevelle:
Chevelle Franklyn is a vibrant, and respected voice in the gospel music world. She has touched millions through her music, and used her acclaim to further the kingdom of God. Her unique artistry, influenced by the sounds of her nation of Jamaica, brings a fresh expression of worship to the larger Gospel community. I’m grateful for her contributions to our industry, and I’m honoured to call her a friend. – Don Moen, International Worship Leader
"I heard Chevelle Franklyn years ago in Nigeria and I was so moved by her anointing and peaceful passion! Her gift is necessary in this culture today. The Lord moves through her gift and I Love her voice!!" - Erica Campbell – Mary Mary
"Chevelle Franklyn is in a word, a force. When she enters a room, the room changes. The atmosphere responds. She is that way on stages all around the globe, she radiates and exudes a kindness and presence that is so rare and so beautifully powerful. She is a true friend to her friends, and a true standard bearer to all who observe her and participate with her in her ministry and artistry. She is a force for good and a force for God." - Israel Houghton – Worship Leader, Singer, Songwriter
"Chevelle is a voice to the nations. Her unparalleled vocal technique is astonishing, but the glory, the grace and that sweet anointing she carries amplifies a sound that is majestic and pure. I absolutely love this lady. She’s my sister and my friend. The one and only CHEVELLE FRANKLYN." - Micah Stampley – Worship Leader, Singer, Songwriter
"Firstly, Chevelle Franklyn’s vocal abilities are amazing. Her tone, pitch and control are out of this world. But when I think about Chevelle, these aren’t the qualities that stand out to me the most. It’s her authenticity that I love and admire the most. She seems to be so comfortable in her own skin...and she seems to have this uncanny ability to meet people where they are, and connect with people, as her anointing flows through her authenticity. All of this might sound obvious, or not such a big deal, but I consider it to be extremely rare." - Phil Thompson – Worship Leader, Singer Songwriter
"The experience, skill, versatility and spiritual maturity of Chevelle Franklyn has established her as one of the most valuable ministry gifts in the body of Christ in this present generation. Her ability to minister effectively across cultural, racial and denominational barriers has elevated her to the highest levels of respect, visibility and prestige in this modern span of Christian music." - Dr. Ron Kenoly- Ron Kenoly Ministries Inc.
"I have had the pleasure of knowing Chevelle for over 10 years now. Being part of her Album is a blessing from the Lord. She is Highly anointed by God, a great prophet for this day and a talented musician, this combination makes her a powerhouse and a force to be reckoned with. I wish her the best on this new album and I’m blessed to be part of God’s move." - Mojalefa Mjakes Thebe - Songwriter, Music Producer and Label manager
"The power in her voice is truly unparalleled. Heaven ￼responds as soon as she opens her mouth. The songs she writes really comes from the throne of God. She is an inspiration that not only “sings heaven down” but she is just as amazing off the stage. I call her “Mama” because whenever I’m around her, she always speaks an encouraging word. And getting to work with her, not just once, but twice, I’ve seen her bring out the best in others & she’ll make you reach notes you never though possible. Lol. I love her so much." - Ntokozo Mbambo Worship leader, singer songwriter