Artist's biography and album description
If you are familiar with the very popular Caribbean Medley from Donnie McClurkin's Live in London CD or Speak to Me from the Kirk Franklin and the Family CD or Perpetual Praise, I Am, and Lord You've Been Good from Bam Crawford's Purpose or Be Connected (Stay Connected) from Rev. Jackie McCullough or the Real Power CD from Stitchie or the Victory CD from Papasan or Christafari CDs or the Joy CD from Chevelle Franklyn or the Redeemed CD from Carlene Davis, you have already heard Caribbean or Caribbean influenced gospel music. Gospel recording artist Aquannette Chinnery's CD titled "Who Is Like Unto You?" gives you not only familiar types of gospel such as contemporary gospel or traditional gospel but also Caribbean gospel(soca/calypso gospel and gospel reggae). Many listeners and fans have commented that on the title track Aquannette's singing reminds them of how Toni Braxton, Anita Baker, or Sade would sound if they sang gospel and that "So Good To Me" sounds like one of the popular Black mass choirs such as the Mississippi Mass Choir. The Caribbean songs present different textures within each Caribbean style whether it be reggae or soca/calypso gospel with some songs being very high energy and others taking a more mellow approach to island style praise. The songs on the CD are scripturally based with the insert providing the scriptural references. Don't forget to look for the full album description appearing on this page after the artist's biography.
Gospel recording artist Aquannette Chinnery of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands is a born-again Christian singer/songwriter who has recently released her debut solo gospel CD titled "Who Is Like Unto You?" Her solo ministry focus is to spread the gospel across the world in song, particularly to Caribbean people and the lovers of Caribbean gospel music genres. Her love of the Lord and Gospel music was influenced by her late grandfather who was a minister of both the word and music.
Her involvement with music began as a child. While still a child, she worked at a summer job to buy a piano. She taught herself to play it and played for a couple of years. She started attending college in her early teens and started singing as an alto in her college chorus. She had many years of performing before and after that as a dancer. Her singing experience continued when she had the opportunity to do some backup singing. Several years ago, she joined Tidalwave Gospel Band as a lead and backup vocalist. She still regularly performs with the group in addition to her solo music ministry.
The recently released CD "Who Is Like Unto You?" is her debut solo gospel CD and is also available on cassette. Aquannette co-wrote most of the songs with Loris Holland. He was one of her two producers/musicians and is a talented producer/writer/singer/keyboard player/arranger who has also worked as producer for Deniece Williams (co-produced with Deniece Williams the tracks on her Grammy Award-winning gospel CD "This Is My Song"), Bam Crawford's Purpose, Nancey Jackson, Tramaine Hawkins, Vickie Winans, Felicia Marion, Mel Holder, and many others, and who has also worked on projects for Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Dez, Santana, Jonathan Butler, and many others. He was also Keyboard Magazine's cover artist for September 2001. Mel Holder, her other producer, is a talented producer/saxophonist. He has worked as a producer for Lanee Battle, Larry and Marissa Felder, and others, has released several of his own CDs, one of which features Kelly Price and Jonathan Butler, and has played on numerous other artists' CDs. On Aquannette's CD, Loris Holland provides most of the backup and plays all keyboards. Other musicians include David Russell on trombone who has played with the Mighty Sparrow and talented trumpeter Jameik Potter rounding out the horn section. Gospel recording artists Larry and Marissa Felder provide additional backup on "So Good To Me."
Aquannette is a member of Wesley Methodist Church where she serves as a Class Leader and where she and her two children are very much involved with their church home. She is also an attorney and award winning fine artist (painter). She has also been an evening news and weather anchor, radio account executive, disc jockey, talk show host, model, dancer, assistant director of the public relations office for the Governor of the Virgin Islands, beauty pageant winner, and lab manager. At age 18, she was the youngest graduate of the then-College of the Virgin Islands (now named the University of the Virgin Islands) from which she graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry. She has her M.S. in Biochemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D. degree with High Honors from Rutgers University School of Law-Newark.
The tracks on the CD titled "Who Is Like Unto You?" range from the contemporary gospel title track "Who Is Like Unto You?" which features the smooth saxophone of Mel Holder to the high energy soca/calypso gospel track "High High High featuring Loris Holland's blazing keyboards that take you to a higher level of praise. You will definitely want to get something and wave for Jesus Christ. The CD also features other soca/calypso gospel tracks ranging from the more traditional sounding "I Believe" with its sweet steel pan sound and catchy lyrics to "Sweet," another high-energy soca/calypso gospel tune that will have you jumping up for Jesus Christ. Aquannette and Loris also created a new, original medley of three familiar tunes (Near the Cross, Pass Me Not, and Rescue the Perishing), but they are not done the way you remember your grandmother singing them. Instead, they are done in an upbeat soca/calypso gospel style that both young and old will enjoy. Several reggae tracks are also featured on the CD ranging from the catchy "No Other Love Is Greater" with a sound that reaches back to the earlier days of reggae to "El Elyon-The Most High God" with its dancehall-like interlude to "The Blood of Jesus," which takes you back to church. Another track that will have you rocking, swaying, shouting, stamping your feet, and clapping your hands is "So Good To Me," which is a traditional Black gospel type tune. The final track on the CD, Elohim, written by Loris Holland, is a praise and worship song that has an almost symphonic, heavenly hosts-like sound with a reggae interlude and dramatic finish.
This CD contains an ecletic, smooth mix of styles that will keep you in the mood for praise whether you're in a mellow mood or a high energy praise mood. It provides a comfortable place for listeners who love both contemporary and traditional gospel songs but also lets a listener explore something new with the vibrant, annointed sounds of Caribbean gospel. For those who already love Caribbean gospel, the CD provides authentic gospel reggae and soca/calypso gospel songs of the type that are popular from Jamaica to Trinidad and all points between and beyond!! This is music for the entire world!