He travelled thousands of miles from Massachusetts to Barbados just to launch his debut album for his people last weekend at the Sea Rocks Dome, Maxwell, Christ Church, before returning to the United States to embark on an American tour to push his new release entitled L.M.I.Y. (Let Me Introduce You).
Barbadian-born gospel artist Karlos Cobham, who even brought along Grammy and Dove nominee Canton Jones to share a double celebration –– the album launch and his 26th birthday –– sang the tracks from the record that included Believe, Hello Future (featuring his cousin Mariz B) and Transcend (featuring Canton).
Karlos, who is now the youth pastor at the First Holiness Church in Massachusetts, was impressive and energetic as he transitioned from track to track before a small, but appreciative crowd.
Karlos, who returned to America last Monday, told High Note his breakthrough album, which is being boosted by the global influence of Canton, could be an avenue for other local Christian artistes to make inroads on the international music scene.
“I will be pushing local artistes. I have opened a door. It is very hard for the arts in Barbados and to get people to support it, especially in the gospel arena,” he told High Note at the end of his concert.
As part of his performance, Karlos invited all September-born members of the audience to join him at the front of the stage for a special prayer. The event also saw Canton doing a solo session and later a collaboration with Karlos that brought the house down.
Karlos complained that one of the reasons for migrating to America was because he was not getting the level of support from locals, including the church, to make a living and to help him develop his art. Karlos is a trained film, theatre and music artist. When asked if he was likely to come back to Barbados to live, he could not say.
His debut release contains ten tracks of hip hop gospel. He is calling on the local church to support the Christian artistes, producers, music managers, photographers, animators and vocalists. Cobham stressed it cost money for these artistes to propagate their skills far and wide.
Congratulations to Karlos on the success of his new album and his youth and music ministry!