Letting God take control
She is only 27 and seems to have already achieved more than many twice her age.
Keriann Hurley is a full-time social worker and sex educator with the Barbados Family Planning Association, the supervisor in the newly-created Youth Clinic at that agency, a gospel artiste with three singles to her name, performed on Baje Ablaze, a compilation album comprising 18 gospel acts, a fashion designer, a creative painter, was a member of the now-defunct group Inspired, which won a Flame Gospel Award in 2005 for Vocal Group of the Year and a former member of the Soul Children Choir “back in the day”.
While our focus would appear to naturally be on her exploits as a gospel artiste, we thought it useful that for her relatively short life on earth, we should recognise Keriann’s other talents and contributions to the art form.
This effervescent young woman, who performs under the stage name Sirrah – the reverse of her maiden name Harris – has also performed at NIFCA and other cultural events and started working with other local artistes including J-Mac, real name Johnathan McCollin.
Her husband, Makonem Hurley, a reggae artiste in a separate band, is featured on her second single Reassurance, which is more influenced by the pop genre.
“I still get quite a lot of requests, whenever I go out to do gigs, people expect to hear Reassurance because they just love the connection, and like what he brought to the song; it is very special,” she beamed.
Now that we are on that, the first single, Rescue Me, has a wider variety of musical influences such as R&B, alternative and house music, while Sirrah’s third product, which was released a couple months ago, is called Love Me To Life and this, she explained, experiments more with pop, R&B and dance.
“I am experimenting a lot more now with my pop/dance and just keeping my R&B roots… I still have a lot of soul,” Sirrah declared with an infectious chuckle.
This non-pretentious artiste, spoke forthrightly about the history behind the three songs she had so far recorded, conceding that her material was a reflection of her life and what she was going through.
“When you listen to those three tracks that I have out right now, you hear about where I am at that point in time.