Orville Sutherland previews début album with Ten a Dem
Gospel deejay Orville Sutherland offers a preview to his début album Liberty with the release of the first single Ten a Dem on January 20.
Ten a Dem, produced by Lamar Thompson of Christ Driven Productions, addresses the spiritual warfare that, according to Sutherland, is ongoing locally and around the world.
“This song is an artistic representation of the spiritual warfare that is taking place over our country Jamaica and the wider world. It gives the example that God has given us the authority over these elements, particularly criminal elements, that plague our country. They can be destroyed, but only if we employ the spiritual weapons that God has given us. Praying, fasting, and being militant/resolute in the word,” Sutherland charged in an interview with the Jamaica Observer on Friday.
Sutherland scored success in 2020 with his first body of work, an EP titled Sweet Feeling, which helped him secure seven nominations in the Sterling Gospel Music Awards a year later.
Thompson, who produced Ten a Dem as well as tracks from Sutherland’s forthcoming album, was critical in the success of Sweet Feeling.
Said Sutherland: “Lamar was the producer of my first body of work Sweet Feeling, which won multiple awards both locally and internationally. It is a great privilege to work with not just a dedicated engineer and musician, but a sound Man of God.”
Liberty will be released May 30, and it features 12 songs, including three collaborations. Sutherland is keeping the names of the collaborators under wraps for the time being.
“The album will feature at least three collaborations. These names will be left anonymous and will be revealed closer to the launch. The producers featured on the album include Rockers Elements, Christ Driven Productions, and Island Worship Production,” said Sutherland.
He shared what fans can expect on the album.
“The entire team anticipates a mighty move of the Lord in this season as the album encourages us to be militant and confident in the Liberty, wherewith Christ has made us free, standing firm, and not being burdened by the yoke of slavery — Galatians 5: 1,” he stated.
Among his many accolades, the Clarendon-based Sutherland was first runner-up in the 2016 staging of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s Jamaica Gospel Song Competition.