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    Lester Lewis Pioneer of Gospel Reggae Style

    by: General | 21 Comments »

    published: Friday | December 15, 2006

    Andre Jebbinson, Staff Reporter


    Lewis

    Lester Lewis’ trendy and unconventional apparel and a typical voice set him apart from other gospel artistes of his time. It is, however, his pioneering gospel reggae style that has sealed him as an authentic Jamaican gospel singer.

    "I am a traditionalist and the Jamaican feel comes out of naturally. I wasn’t trying to change the beat; it was God’s intention. God created the music for his pleasure and all of it belongs to him," he said.

    His ministry includes his wife, Singing Rose, and son, Lestrado. Lewis said when he started out many years ago his mission was to bring souls to Christ and he is continuing steadfastly with that charge.

    Winner Man

    His career bloomed after he won the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song Competition in 1989 with Every Time I Read My Bible. The song was well received by Jamaicans and is still popular today. Lewis entered the competition again the following year with Winner Man, but was placed third.

    However, Winner Man also became hit in Jamaica and abroad. International gospel artiste, Ron Kenoly, adopted the song, and Lewis’ international appeal was widened.

    Since then, Jamaicans have come to expect nothing but music with the local flavour from Lester Lewis. He said his ground-breaking style gave birth to other well-known gospel artistes such as Papa San and Prodigal Son, along with secular-turned-gospel producer, Danny Browne.

    He is, however, not totally thrilled with what gospel reggae has become. All is not lost though, as the remedy is simple.

    "I would first implore them to get into the word. It says, not by might nor by power but by the spirit of God," Lewis said.

    He said people should not have to wonder what some artistes are singing about and that he has had impact on thousands of people without going overboard with his delivery. This is why he thinks artistes need to be more united in the cause.

    Touch the souls

    "This music is going in too many directions. Music wasn’t created to save souls, but for the glory of God. Glorify God and he will touch the souls," Lewis said.

    It is no secret that crime continues to be a hindrance in Jamaica, but Lewis believes gospel artistes can make a difference. As for young Jamaicans, women in particular, "people call dem Kentucky. All you see is breasts, hips and legs", Lewis lamented.

    That is part of the reason his attire has always been stately, as he wants to "bring back the majesty in the world". After all, he has to set an example for his son.

    "It has been great. His beat and lyrics are different. I like traveling and I get a lot of good feedback. I get to meet people who are up there. I enjoying singing with him," Lestrado said of his father.

    Lewis started out wanting to change Jamaica and he has done that primarily with his style. There is, however, much more to be done. He is currently working with the God Deliverance Force (GDF) crusaders, planting churches to reach unbelievers.

    He recently released an album, Emmanuel, to commemorate the Christmas season. Lewis’ work was recently honoured with an Annual Leader Award by the regional International Third World Leader Association in Trinidad. This is all a part of the master plan to enhance the Kingdom of God.

    "My goal is to bring God’s kingdom to the nations of the world starting in Jamaica," Lewis said.


    Lester Lewis (left), Singing Rose (centre) and Lestrado. – Contributed

    source: http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20061215/ent/ent1.html

    Full story here:

    21 Responses to “Lester Lewis Pioneer of Gospel Reggae Style”

    1. Adrew & Stacey Jackson Says:

      Hi Leaster & Rose
      It’s been a long time since we’ve seen you. We are from Memphis, Tn USA1
      You ministered at our church in 1990,
      Breath of Life Christian Center. We love your music! We would like to purchase more. Please contact us
      ASAP

    2. Ranking Deezed Says:

      Dear Lester,
      I am writing from Jos,Nigeria.I came across your music in 1998,since then l’ve been searching how to contact you untill now.l love your music,it came to me at a time l was about to give up singing reggae gosple.
      However your music ‘sanctified reggae’ gave me a new awakening to accept the gift as from God.THANK YOU!
      Furthermore,l am requesting that you become my mentor.please send me your address so l can send you my profile and music for your listening discretion.
      Love you in Christ.

    3. fabia Says:

      mr lewis you might be comfortable thinking i have done what i started out to do but trust me there r many people who have still not heard your songs . take a trip to the bahamas and let thes people here hear you sing and market more of your music. i will personally do that for you. its hard here to get jamaican gospel cds to buy. you can find the regular gospel but nothing like yours and the love singers and the outreach band and i cant find them on the regular sites for downloads .do you hae a website.may god continue to bless you and your family. i just cant wait to go home and get good jamaican gospel music
      fabia

    4. michael Says:

      greetings mr luwis
      it has been so long since l met you in zimbabwe in the late 90s u were such a blessing to us and since that time l have always loved your music it is so annoited.l would appreciate if we can have contact again to see what is happenning in your singing ministry.God bless u so much
      michael
      manchester uk

    5. Lillian Matthew-Zakay Says:

      I have been a listener of Lester Lewis music for years and have several of his cassettes but in a move from the West Indies to America, I lost all of my cassettes. I would like to know how I can get my cassettes replaced.

    6. ERROL LEWIS Says:

      HI LESTER
      HERE IS YOUR FRIEND AND BROTHER ERROL LEWIS. I HAVENT HEARD FROM YOU ALL. I HOPE YOU ARE ALL FINE. I MISS YOU ALL. PLEASE, TRY TO CONTACT ME. GOD BLESS. WE ARE LOOKING FOWARD TO SEE YOU SOON. GIVE MY REGARDS TO THE FAMILY.XXX

    7. Joseph Daley Says:

      Hi bro. Lester. i don’t know if you can remember me, but i’m one of children that you assisted in growing spiritually in Darliston/Lambs river. It was you and Rev. Joseph Northover who brought me to birth on a street corner in Darliston. it’s been 28 years now, and i’m a pastor/Marriage Officer in York Street District in the Linstead area. I’m longing to see you and Northover.Be glad if you could link me. God bless you and your family. will always remember you. Love Joseph.

    8. Brother Kurt ferguson Says:

      Brother Lewis, God Bless your ministry. I am in dire need of getting in touch with Glenworth Pierre. I have fell out of touch with him over the years but I was instrumental in helping him promote his music in the United States in the early 1990’s. I need to tell him to pray for me fervently. My brother Dreu (which he should remember- a blues guitarist with 2 albums out) was murdered and we are having a terrible time of things here in New Jersey. Could you contact him and have him call me at home:(U.S. code?) 1-856-451-3435 or cell phone: (U.S. code) 1-609-319-5400 Thank you very much and I am looking to complete a nice album soon. When I stand and win this battle for my brother!!! God Bless You !!! Rev. Kurt Ferguson

    9. Rev. Festus Ojedor Says:

      Ya Man! remember ya covenant brother, of blessed memory,Bishop Harford Anayo Iloputaife, Victory Christian Church, Lagos Nigeria? Remember his boy, Joseph Ojedor his boy? I am he always in the church office with the computer. Ya tract “The Greatest Tragedy in One’s Life”? Keep me posted as I long to hear from you. My regards and love to you all. Shalom!

    10. Brother Kurt ferguson Says:

      Brother Lester, Glenworth Pierre has not yet contacted me. My mother who was in the house suffering from dementia was left to starve to death by my brothers murderer. We got her to the hospital but she lasted only a few weeks and went to be with Jesus. If you can please contact Glen and have him call me. Same numbers as first letter. God Bless you richly for such a wonderful ministry. Rev. Kurt Ferguson

    11. Ella E. Day Says:

      Dear Lester,
      I am a Jamaican living in Florida now. I am a Christian and I just love Reggae Gospel Music. I was so excited when I first heard your song “Every Time I Read My Bible”. I have been searching all over to get acopy of it to buy but cannot find it. I know it is so long since it is out but is there any way I can get a copy to buy. Do you inend to have a new release of it as I know there are many Jamaicans who love you and your music and would like to own it as well as other that ae not in stock now. I would be happy if you would have them restocked again. Thanks.

    12. Ella E. Day Says:

      Dear Lester,
      I am a Jamaican living in Florida now. I am a Christian and I just love Reggae Gospel Music. I was so excited when I first heard your song “Every Time I Read My Bible”. I have been searching all over to get acopy of it to buy but cannot find it. I know it is so long since it is out but is there any way I can get a copy to buy. Do you inend to have a new release of it as I know there are many Jamaicans who love you and your music and would like to own it as well as other that ae not in stock now. I would be happy if you would have them restocked again. Thanks.

    13. Mae Says:

      Hi cuz, you bless our souls when you proformed at the New Testament Church Of God UK Feb 26th 2010. Rose I haven’t seen you in such a long time, the evening was all to the glory of God thats the way it should always be glorfying the Lord. Have a safe journey back God richly bless.
      Cousin Mae.
      UK

    14. LAMBVIBRATIONSOUNDSYSTEM Says:

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      – THE FIRST CHRISTIAN REGGAESOUNDSYSTEM AND JESUSFREAKSREGGAECREW GERMANY !!
      WE LIKE YOUR MUSIC !!
      http://WWW.CHRISTIAN-REGGAE-GERMANY.BEEP.DE
      IF YOU LIKE CONTACT ME!!

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    15. g sinclair Says:

      i love your singing how can you be contacted

    16. g sinclair Says:

      i love your singing how can you be contacted

    17. g sinclair Says:

      i love your singing how can you be contacted

    18. g sinclair Says:

      i love your singing how can you be contacted

    19. g sinclair Says:

      i love your singing how can you be contacted

    20. Bruce Owen Says:

      Hey Lester & singing Rose….longtime man!!!!!!..me memba dem anointed song dem like….the devil hafi run when jeusu a come, everytime a read my Bible, Jesus is the winna man…….

    21. Scott Hollinger Says:

      Hello Lester,
      Just dropping by to say hello. I interviewed you back in the late 90’s at Jamaica Theological Seminary for the Caribbean Gospel Network. I remember you and Rose sitting on the sofa in the flat where I was staying playing your guitar and singing during the interview. One of my most memorable interviews! God’s blessing on your continuing ministry. We all know Jesus is the Winner Man! Scott Hollinger

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