Gospel Reggae Acts Spreading The Word Worldwide
Gospel music is presented these days in a variety of ways: traditional, R&B, soul, rock, alternative rock, pop, country and even hip-hop and heavy metal.
Despite an abundance in the Caribbean, there's a lack of gospel reggae music available in the United States, said Arlene Greene, a Monmouth County-based Christian concert promoter.
Greene aimed to rectify the situation by booking about a half dozen gospel-reggae acts for her first large-scale event: Celebration of Praise Gospel Festival at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove earlier this month
"I wanted to introduce gospel reggae to the masses because it is a genre that really is overlooked, but it's very available gospel music," said Greene, owner of Solid Rock Productions in the Oakhurst section of Ocean Township next to Asbury Park.
To keep the festival free, Greene is unable to pay her 25 artists. Yet, several are flying in to participate at their own expense from throughout the country and the Caribbean.
The artists, especially Jamaicans Timothy Benson and Jason Mighty, view Celebration of Praise as an opportunity to spread the Gospel and promote their ministries, Greene said.
"Their No. 1 criteria is to put God first," she said.
Other noted Reggae Gospel acts that attended the festival included, Craig C, Sparky D, and K-One amongst others.
The Reggae News Agency