ENTERTAINMENT YEAR-IN-REVIEW 2018: Wayne Marshall gets music Glory


Monday, December 31, 2018

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The Jamaica Observer continues its reflection on the year in entertainment. This daily column looks on the achievers, trendsetters, those who died, and the controversies.

Many dancehall and reggae artistes became Christians during the 1990s. Yet, each time there is a conversion, it is still a shocker.

Singer Wayne Marshall, known for his ties to dancehall producers like King Jammys and the Marley family, changed his tune in 2018 with the gospel anthem Glory to God.

Released in May, the song took some time to gather steam as speculation about Marshall's born-again status did the rounds. Once it did, Glory to God became a huge hit and was easily one of the most popular tracks of the year.

The song did wonders for Marshall, who also cut his dreadlocks. He performed on just about every major event including Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay and the Independence Grand Gala in Kingston.

Marshall made his name in the dancehall on songs like Hot in The Club and Overcome. Later he became a member of the Marley family's Ghetto Youths International label, for which he recorded the 2013 EP Tru Colours.

The 38-year-old artiste suffered a personal loss in June with the death of his father, Wycliffe Mitchell. In July, he posted photos of shorn locks to his Instagram account captioned “Transform”.

Marshall has not stated officially whether he has become a Christian. In May, in an interview with the Jamaica Observer, he added to those rumours when he said: “I have opened myself up to ideas that were previously outside my vibration, and this is a validation of that journey... I have been patient, obedient and following the guidance that I am being given, and committed to seeing the signs and acting on them. I am on a journey and I am where I should be. I just want people to know that God is accessible, even for a secular artiste.”

He has not turned his back on the dancehall. Thank Yuh Fi The Blessing, Marshall's follow-up to Glory to God, is a combination with Bounty Killer.

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