You all may know of her as a Christian, British, Gospel singer and songwriter, worship leader and poet, and you would be right. This humble minister in music continues to stimulate our taste buds to move from the physical to the spiritual by lyrically and musically taking us on a stimulating journey of praise and worship in her brand new album ‘Water and Thunder’.
From the honest but intense vocals to the inspired lyrics, Jhardine consistently presents a style, uniqueness and clarity second to none. Jhardine set about realising her God-given vision with a gutsy line up of exemplary musicians with live music arranged by Mark Walker tickling a righteous palette on Keys, Joshua Johnson kicking up a blessing on Live Drums, Hamlet Luton digging deep into our soul on Bass Guitar, legendary Paul Reid breathing spirit-charged fire on Electric Guitar. And distinctive background vocals delivered by Toyin King, Joel Brown, and Davida Reid. With Slickhanded productions shaping the smooth and mellow and the explosive inspired passion to the conversation. The album was recorded at Savile and Chrome studios and Hall Place Studios in Leeds.
There is something about those words, distinct rich and powerful tones and Jhardine’s no nonsense approach to faith that is simply beautiful.
The sophomore album is enticingly titled “Water and Thunder’ as Revelation 19:6 says “The voice of a great multitude as the voice of many waters and as the voice of mighty thunderings shouting: Hallelujah for the Lord God almighty reigns”.
This is the inspiration behind the phenomenal collection of tracks that show exemplary lyrical ability, genius melodies, excellent production and the passionate singing that comes naturally to Jhardine.
The album is a great hallelujah! It is welcomingly uplifting and grounded in spiritual truths, urging diners to eat until contented. The new and highly anticipated album impressively displays great musical diversity and firmly announces Jhardine’s re-entry to the field and explicitly takes us on her journey of development since the debut album ‘Edify’ back in 2003.
The single ‘Forevermore’ was originally written as the 151st Psalm. This enchanting anthem is a song of ultimate praise and adoration. Its spirit lifting melody, Irish undertones and testimonial lyrics are nothing less than addictive.
The summon of the smooth electric guitar in ‘Pour out Your Spirit’ ushers us skillfully and simply to the altar to worship.
Jhardine is the second of four children,she was brought up in Leeds UK and spent part of her life on the beautiful Island of Montserrat. Having spent many years of early life in hospital fond memories of sesame street exude from her recall. Moving from singing her first solo in public ‘It was on a starry night’ at 6 years old in her church Christmas concert this creative artist continued feeding her thirst with Fred Hammond, Tramaine Hawkins, Commissioned, Take 6, and the like whilst being youth leader and music director at her local church.
At 16 years old she began and directed her school’s own gospel choir and then took to singing Jazz Rock with a full Orchestra as a soloist gaining a gold medal in a national competition within two years. Her love for music continued into theatre where she sang a solo in the very first Carnival Messiah at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. Then after a stint of TV extras and commercials and a black achievers award, encouraged by her taste for poetry and commitment to Christianity she began to turn her award winning poetry into songs, and singing with choirs and backing for creative artists then led her to take on the sole job of producing her own album.
Amazingly she managed to get people such as Nicky Brown, Linslee Campbell, Emmanuel Waldron and the excellent Michael Brown (featuring on the popular ‘They Said’) to see a spark in a young lady from Leeds. Her sheer gusto led her to release ’ Edify’ in 2003, with ‘Callin’ ‘Alpha and Omega’ and ‘They Said’ being 3 of the 14 songs eclectic songs.
With writing songs as her passion, Jhardine found herself writing themed songs for organisations and events, the most recent being for the Yorkshire and Humberside Faith forum conference where her indie rock song ‘Hold my Hand’ finale had the whole audience singing and waving along.
This singer, songwriter, producer, entrepreneur with a refreshingly straightforward beautiful voice, impressive vocal range, stunning personality and formidable song-writing skills. Writes and sings from traditional to soft rock, but ALL Christian gospel. Jhardine comments that her gift comes from above, so sees no reason not to return the beauty and spirit of the music back to God, and exposes her heart in doing so.
Her songs ‘It’s Alright’ ‘I can see the morning’ (featuring WITNESS) and ‘I love Him’ reflect her soul at a time of breaking through difficulties in life having weathered the storms related to disease, domestic violence, and low self-esteem. Through Water and Thunder Jhardine is clearly a presenting a declaration of victory and praise and worship to God, for preserving her through tumult, and celebrating her testimony to recognise and focus intently on the Alpha and Omega, the One true God, so by doing so she says “He will draw his people up towards Him and out of the mire” “So get up and greatly rejoice in the Lord…as this will be the voice of a multitude that sounds like mighty waters and great thunder, saying together, hallelujah the Lord God almighty reigns!! ”.
Summing it all up with a medley of encouragement, urging listeners to recognize Gods love for them regardless of their past, to awake to righteousness, and not let anyone take their heavenly crown away from them is true to form for Jhardine, “It’s a journey, it’s not about who is more swift, it’s about those who endure to the end… so brush yourself off, hold your head up towards the Lord God who sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for you, accept the love, and let’s get to the end.”