Just call her Sister Hyper. Dancehall artiste Lisa Hyper shocked dancehall fans when a video emerged of her last week being baptised. She spoke to OBSERVER ONLINE about her conversion to Christianity, which she says is a bonafide conversion and her first-ever baptismal experience.
"He saved me. God never just called me to call me. He saved me. Is not just that mi baptise and give mi life to God, no. I needed to be saved, I literally needed to be saved," she said.
When asked how this conversion will affect her earning ability and her future gigs, the entertainer answered coolly: "this nah go affect mi future shows, what is understood doesn't need to be explained."
The artiste revealed that she will be heading to England soon for a one-month tour with several gigs. There is where she will also celebrate her birthday. She will then jet off for a gig in the Cayman Islands before returning to Jamaica to do a show with Skeng on November 5th.
While her stage appearance will remain unaffected by her lifestyle change for now, Hyper has indicated that her decision means she will have to alter her physical appearance. She says she will now have be more modest in terms of her attire and risque fashion choices. She admits she may need a whole new wardrobe.
"It will not be the same Lisa Hyper in terms of the dressing. My dressing is gonna be adjusted," she said, indicating that she's embracing her journey into Christianity and admits she has many examples to lean on as she walks the straight and narrow.
She joins artistes such as Judy Mowatt, Junior Tucker, Chevelle Franklin, Papa San, DJ Nicholas, Lieutenant Stitchie, Carlene Davis and Lady Saw who have all swapped the swashbuckling lifestyles of sound systems for the sweet embrace of God.
She says she is attending Bible study classes as she delves deeper into a divine understanding of Christianity.
"I am happy, I have never been so happy. I have a calmness now that comes from God," she said about her decision.
She, however, declined to share any details about the identity of her pastor or her new denominational faith.
"I don't want to talk about the church, the pastor right now. The time will come when I talk about it, but it is not right now," Hyper said. "I didn't have a choice. No matter what you see, God have me. I am feeling much better, God have me, God have me, no matter what you see, God have me, it doesn't need to be explained."