Chevelle Franklyn Bio

When one thinks of an artist whose music career spans over three decades, has made stops along world tours in  South Africa, the United Kingdom, The Middle East, Asia, Austria, Germany, Holland, France, the US,  Nigeria, Ghana, Namibia, Zimbabwe Zambia, and Kenya, and has collaborated with renowned artists like Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton, Micah Stampley, Lionel Petersen and, in her secular career, Shabba Ranks and Beenie Man – all this while winning multiple awards – then the name has to be none other than Chevelle Franklyn.

Chevelle has had a long and outstanding career in music and is still going strong. She is about to release her latest album titled “South Wind Vol. 1,” which was recorded appropriately in South Africa. The initial plan was to record two  songs  in  South  Africa,  but  the  two  songs  morphed  into  an  entire  album.  The  album,  which  is  totally  about worshipping God, features guest artists from South Africa.   Ntokozo Mbambo was a prominent collaborator. Chevelle co-produced the album together with Nqubeko Mbatha and Mojalefa Mjakes Thebe. Those who know South African languages, will get to hear Chevelle sing in Zulu, one of South Africa’s most widely spoken indigenous languages. The lead single from the album, “Go In Your Strength,” which incidentally was written over a span of five inspirational minutes while in South Africa, is set for release in early April 2020.

The highly respected Chevelle started her journey in music as a teenager when she recorded her first single called “Here I Am.” By 1991, her career was blossoming, leading to her featuring on Shabba Ranks’ worldwide hit, “Mr. Lover Man”. She also recorded her hit single, “Dancehall Queen” with Beenie Man, which put her on the international reggae map.

Having started as a reggae artist, her turning point came during a live concert in 1998 where she was expected to perform “Dancehall Queen” but instead performed the gospel song, “Silver and Gold” by Kirk Franklin.  She bravely made the fateful decision to use that moment to announce that she had become a Christian and will be singing and recording gospel music from that point on exclusively. She said, “I did not hear a message or anything, but I felt the calling of God. I just broke down on the stage and said, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ I knew there was something better out there.” Chevelle gave her life to the Lord ending all her secular contractual agreements.  In the process she walked away from her international hit song “Dancehall Queen.”

Currently considered as one of the world’s leading psalmists, Chevelle’s string of successful albums includes “Serious

Girl” in 1996 and “Joy” in 2001.  She produced “Shake It Off” during her 2007 South African tour and “Set Time” in

2017.  “Set Time” included tracks featuring Israel Houghton and Donnie McClurkin. The year 2020 will see her release

her next album that was also recorded in South Africa and will be featuring artists from that country.

Chevelle has enjoyed tremendous success as a Gospel artist, performing at ‘The Experience,’ Lagos Nigeria, where she was  the  only  minister  representing  the  Caribbean  at  the  largest  Gospel  concert  in  the  world.   That  event  attracted approximately  800,000  people  and  was  hosted  by  Pastor  Paul  Adefarasin.    In  2004  Chevelle  ministered  at  The International  Gathering  of  Champions’  04  which  was  hosted  by  Pastor  Matthew  Ashimolowo  the  senior  pastor  at Kingsway International Christian Centre – London. Chevelle also ministered at the Festival of Praise in Manchester UK.  She frequents Jesus House, London for host Pastor Agu Irukwu and Pastor Shola Adeaga and Bishop John Francis’ Ruach Ministries.

Her previous albums have won accolades that include Five Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards for Outstanding New Artist of the Year, Adapted Recording of the Year, Female Reggae Recording of the Year, Contemporary Female Vocal Performance of the Year and Album of the Year award. Very impressive awards considering that it was her debut Gospel album. At the 2006 Marlin Awards, she showed that her previous wins were no fluke, walking away with the Best Reggae Vocal Performance of the Year Female Award, International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) for Best Gospel Song Award and Female Vocalist of the Year.

In 2008, she took home the Reggae Academy Award for Best Solo Female Vocal Gospel Artist. In 2009, Chevelle took away top honours at the Oraclez World Gospel Awards. In 2010, she was featured on the ‘Power of One’ album by Israel Houghton, one of the many collaborations in her career. The track, “Surely Goodness” went on to win at the 2010

Grammy awards, taking home the ‘Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album’ award. In 2013, she won London’s African Gospel Music and Media Awards (AGMMA) Special Inspirational Award. Her winning streak continued in 2018 with the Album of the Year for “Set Time” from The Sterling Gospel Music Awards, Jamaica.

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