Up-and-coming gospel artiste launching first album in September
One of this country’s emerging gospel artistes will officially launch his debut album on September 27. Details of the Karlos Cobham launch will follow later, but his new release is entitled L.M.I.Y – Let Me Introduce You. The ten tracks, written by Cobham himself and his producer Raphael Hinds, are essentially in the hip-hop pop-rock-gospel genre.
Asked if there were any Caribbean rhythms Cobham told High Note:
“Not particularly. It’s a fusion [of] what we like to call hip-hop-pop-rock-gospel.”
The album also features international gospel artiste Canton Jones, who Cobham said has been an inspiration over the years. He said that listening to his music, has helped his growth as a Christian artiste.
Cobham, who is currently residing in Massachusetts, said his inspiration to produce the album came from a sudden realisation on Sunday, October 21, 2012, at around 11 p.m., that it was time to stop “dreaming the dream and surely time to live the dream”.
“For years I have come into contact with mentors, friends, family and strangers who all believed in my ability to achieve my dream and I have come to realise that the greatest enemy of my dream was myself,” he added.
This Barbadian gospel artiste said it was time to really live the Scripture he had cherished for years.
“It goes like this: ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’. I admit sometimes it felt like I was moving in my own strength, but somehow God always showed up with His reassuring presence,” Cobham declared.
He believes that obedience to God is indeed a major key to success. He conceded that God’s direction is perfect.
“It’s amazing how all along, the one I needed to defeat was self. Inner doubt is crucial, but faith is an insurmountable asset when it comes to pursuing dreams. Without faith, it is impossible to please God and impossible to truly reach your full divine potential and destination,” concluded this young talented musical minister.
He said that this debut album has been on his heart for a few years, but now the time had come to share.
“I give all credit to Jesus and I hope that lives across the world will be blessed, ministered to and encouraged from each record,” he stated.
Since leaving Barbados for the US, Cobham has been involved in youth ministry there.
“I spearheaded Destiny Youth Ministry at First Holiness Church, which consists of youth, ages 12 to 17. Our goal is to encourage them to connect with God, discover their purpose and fulfill their destinies. Our desire is to see youth win in every area of their lives. We want our youth to win in their spiritual, social, physical, emotional psychological and educational lives,” the youth minister asserted.
As far as his recent exploits are concerned, Cobham cherished the opportunity to have worked on a record with Canton Jones. He is not certain when he will return to Barbados, but expects it would be sometime in the not too distant future.
“I want to thank my lovely wife Sheré Cobham, as well as my parents Nellis and Tyrone Cobham for their support over the years. Special thanks also to all my friends and team members for making this project [album] a reality.”
He identified Tavia Drakes, Malaika Batson, Keisha Rock, Rafael Hinds, Adriel Cumberbatch, Raashid Ifill, Nicholas Worrell, Stephen Reid, Orin Blades, Rodney Gittens, Julie Phillips, Glenda Allsopp and Eliseus Joseph.