The sound and look of Jamaican gospel artistes have changed considerably since the late 1980s. They have shown there are different ways to make a joyful noise unto the Lord.
Deejay Biblical Lyricist is the latest example of that difference. He delivers 10 songs in hardcore dancehall style on Kingdom Assignment, his first album which was released in October.
The St James native, who previously recorded as secular artiste Caliente, says the message, not the delivery,o is what is important.
"I am revolutionising the gospel in an unorthodox pattern in the sense that the method and sound changes but the gospel remains the same. The focus of the album is really about the dos and the don'ts of the kingdom of God," Biblical Lyricist told the Jamaica Observer.
Kingdom Assignment contains songs like Choppy Line, Scan Dem, and The Process, produced by Sherwayne Music Productions. Most of the tracks are done in the frenetic style he developed during his years as a dancehall artiste.
The Grace Thrillers were the first Christian act to make major inroads in Jamaican dancehall circles with reggae-driven songs like Can't Even Walk and Jesus in the 1980s.
A conversion to Christianity of several dancehall artistes, led by Junior Tucker, Papa San and Lieutenant Stitchie, helped changed the sound of gospel a decade later.
Biblical Lyricist, whose real name is Franklin Scott, stated that God's message has never been limited to believers.
"My music is not only for the Church but also the marketplace," he said.