Gospel music's favourite Caribbean worshipper Chevelle Franklyn returns with her new single 'Go In Your Strength' - the lead single is taken from her upcoming album 'South Wind Vol 1' which was recorded appropriately in South Africa.
'Go In Your Strength' delivers a strong Christian contemporary sound with driving rhythmic guitars combined with the distinct sweet yet powerful vocal that Chevelle is known for. Written over a span of five inspirational minutes while in South Africa, the single hails the release of 'South Wind Vol 1', which is all about worshipping God and features guest artists from South Africa. Chevelle co-produced the album together with Nqubeko Mbatha and Mojalefa Mjakes Thebe whilst Ntokozo Mbambo was a prominent collaborator. Those who know South African languages will get to hear Chevelle sing in Zulu, one of South Africa's most widely spoken indigenous languages.
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.
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 with Chris Blackwell's Island Records. In the process, she walked away from her international hit song "Dancehall Queen."