2006 COMPILATION CD "MILITANT FOR CHRIST"
Werner “Semi” Francis owns 4ya Recording Studio and Glory Records, St. Lucia’s first gospel label. He has released two acclaimed solo albums and has recorded for RCA with the band Summit. Semi has produced a number of artists including St. Lucia’s talented singer/songwriter Elra Ermay.
Linda “Chocolate” Berthier
Twenty-five year old Linda "Chocolate" Berthier is a registered nurse who began her career in music when she was just five years old. “Chocolate” initiated a student nurses’ choir at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and today works part-time as radio announcer at Prayz FM. She also co-hosts a regional gospel music radio show called “The Caribbean Hour”.
The winner of the Cable and Wireless Star Quest competition is probably St. Lucia’s best known gospel artist having become the first to be nominated for a Marlin Award. Emrand is about to release his sophomore album after a successful debut with “A New Day”.
Kittel Raphael is the youngest artist featured on the compilation. She first gained national attention after making it to the finals of the Cable and Wireless Star Quest. Kittel is a student of the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School.
Joel Eugene aka Prophet Joel
This 22 year old singer started as a rap artist at the Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary School and was inspired by Trinidadian Gospel Star Sherwin Gardner. In 2000 Prophet Joel started singing at the Victory Pentecostal in Vieux-Fort and has since collaborated with local and regional artists.
Raphael “Kintu” Lamontagne
Raphael "KINTU" Lamontagne is a member of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force. He made his debut as a reggae artiste in 1990 and two years later adopted Kintu as a sobriquet. He has performed with the music bands “Impulse” and the “Reggae Team”. He was a featured act on the Zion Train, a series of shows promoting local reggae music. Kintu has shared the stage with international artists Beres Hammond, Sugar Minott and Freddie McGregor. Kintu will later this year release a fourteen track gospel reggae CD.
Karen “Angelle” Fanis
Karen Fanis became a Christian in February of 1995 after a very intense journey of tribulation and near death experiences. Since then she has gotten actively involved in music performing songs that impact positively on the lives of wounded and hurting women. Karen loves nature and spends her down time working out at the gym.
Shem Melius is a young talented singer songwriter and musician. He is a member and chief composer for an all male gospel band UB4C (United Brothers for Christ). A nine track demo released in 2004 was well received by gospel radio stations Joy FM & Prayz FM in St. Lucia and Love101 FM in Jamaica. The track “Never Looking Back” will be released on another gospel compilation due for release by the Den Recording studio later this year.
Curtis Peter Julien performs as “Pedro”. He teamed up some years ago with 4ya Studios producer Patrice Regis. Together they created beats used by Pedro to fine-tune his craft as a dance hall/ gospel reggae artist. His music took him to Trinidad where he performed along with Emrand Henry. Pedro is currently working on a full length album due for release later this year.
Nigela St. Clair-Daniel
Twenty-four year old Nigela St. Clair-Daniel is the winner of the 2004 local gospel song-writing competition and has performed alongside Emrand Henry, Kerron “Daddy-Oh” Ennis (Jamaica) and Grammy Nominee Helen Baylor (Gosfest 2005). This local songstress writes and sings Praise & Worship, R&B, Jazz, Hip-Hip, Soca and Reggae.
Werner “Semi” Francis – 1758-450-1009 – email: firstname.lastname@example.org