Gospel artiste Owen John, more commonly known as Deslayah, is seeking to provide hope to Barbadians during these trying times with his latest album Holy Thriller.
The gospel album will be released on April 2 at the gospel music festival, Sonfest Barbados.
Produced by Deslayah and Billboard Murrell, the album consists of 18 tracks of uplifting, thought provoking and inspiring gospel music.
Although the album has not yet been released, two singles – Praise The Lord and Controversial Love – have already debuted on the airwaves.
And within a week of its release Controversial Love is already climbing the charts, ranking fourth on contemporary urban gospel radio station Salt FM. The album took two years to prepare but it seems like the hard work has paid off.
Speaking to Bajan Vibes, Deslayah said that with the recent rise in school-related violence as well as gun crime, he felt it was crucial to deliver a message of hope, peace and love at this time.
“I wanted to bring a message to help stem those ills of society and to let the youth have a purpose in their life,” Deslayah said.
“I want this album to be about the youth . . . especially with what is going on in Barbados with the gun violence, murders, school violence and deviant behaviour,” he added.
Calling on the young people of Barbados to turn to God, Deslayah warned that it was easy to go down a wayward path once you lose sight of your purpose.
“You will always go down the wrong road when you don’t know your purpose or you don’t have a vision for your life. God has given everybody an assignment,” he said.