Born May 9th, 1973 Gershwin Lake hails from the beautiful island of Anguilla British West Indies. His interest in music started from birth. Even his name indicates that his parents had some future sense of his musical abilities and composition skills. Gershwin was named after George Gershwin who is famous for his composition of “rhapsody in blue”, and many other popular compositions.
His singing gift was first realized by his late Grandmother Ilva Romney who encouraged him to not hide his talent when he used to serenade her at dusk almost every evening. Gershwin, who was always shy, never imagined singing before large audiences. It was unfathomable, even though he felt the discomfort of the call of God on his life from an early age. As he approached his mid teenage years his youth leader at church, Austin Bennie Connor also noticed that he had this gift that he kept hiding. He insisted that he sing and with some hesitancy Gershwin decided to sing his first solo. He has been singing for the Lord ever since with a seriousness and intensity that makes him the Gospel Artist he is today.
Gershwin’s first recording opportunity started with a group called Unique Touch. The group comprised of three lead singers Ruel Connor, Susan Best, and himself. Although short lived, Unique Touch accomplished such accolades as nominees for best gospel group for the Caribbean music awards against very respectable artist that had been around for decades. They also picked up an award for best song composition for that night. Gershwin was most impressed by the vision of the manger Curtis Richardson who always saw the group as attracting a world audience, not just locally or regionally. From that experience he decided to take the limits off of his own ministry, seeing himself as God’s messenger to the world.
He started composing his own material after he realized that he had a deep appreciation for not just the melody or the voices in a song but the art form of putting words to music that reaches people in a positive way. He takes this craft very seriously and sees his songs as timely messages “for this season for this day for this hour”. Gershwin has written all songs on his debut album “Midnight Worship”, and has already completed writing for his second album. He believes that if his messages ought to be timely then he has to be constantly listening, constantly writing, not just for album purposes but for the sole purpose of getting God’s message to the world.
Gershwin has chosen reggae as his platform music because of its soothing yet direct “in your face” attitude that comes along with the beat of the drum and bass. He often refers to it as “Music for the King”. He considers one of its prolific artist, Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) as his musical hero. He sees this artist as one who believed in his message, and lived by it no matter what.
Gershwin believes that with the help of God that his music, God’s message, will reach the ends of the earth, that this message that God has commissioned him with will live on forever. Like his hero said, “…flow over the earth like river”.