“THE JOURNEY CONTINUES” – The devastating loss of Toyin’s 21 year old son, took her on a roller coaster of overwhelming pain, that would take Toyin to a crossroad in her life. Her parting conversation with Bakari (the youngest of her 2 children), was to encourage her to follow the path that he believes God has cut out for her, to continue her music and inspiring others, to get back to her purpose and her passion. All injected into this album. Here Toyin gives some deep insight into some of the songs:
“The Storm is Over-Sunshine’s Here”
“Raining Abundance H&H Mix”
What inspired me to write “Raining Abundance H&H Mix”, was discovering that many of us have a passion for something that’s constantly stirring in your stomach, but sometimes circumstances, such as lack of funds or information, divert you from your dreams and passions. Sometimes people will throw you off course, with their doubts or negativity. This results in you burying your dreams. There’s an old saying that the richest place in the world is the graveyard, because many people have left us, taking their God given gifts with them.
“Raining Abundance H&H Mix” taken from the album “THE JOURNEY CONTINUES”, is a reminder to one and all that some of these stirrings are not always good ideas, but God Ideas. God has put this in you because you have a purpose for the gifts he has given you. Stepping out in faith, he will “Order Your Steps”, and place the next provision to accomplish this with every faith step you take, but “Faith without Action is Dead”, so your faith action will ignite the next steps. This might well be where your abundance lies. Will there be hurdles? Of course there will, but hurdles are diversions, but they are NOT permanent. Ask any athlete, they’re for getting over and sometimes, knocking down…but don’t give up.
God has blessed us all to be a blessing to others. Will your passion serve others in some way or another? Will someone be better off with the gift you share? Maybe it’s just bringing them joy, that too is a blessing to others.
I desired to write, sing, travel the world, and was sometimes hindered by people’s opinions or lack of resources. I stepped out in faith on this album, and God placed the producers, Hammond & Harmony (aka Keziah Job & Stuart Green), he sent the Videographer, SwarboEastwood Productions, in Sierra Leone, he positioned the cast, the musicians, photographer, for the album, Shlepp Entertainment (aka Stevie Eagle Ellis), and the list is endless….all from one faith step followed by another.
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but I know someone does, if after all these years you can’t shake that business idea, or that book or song idea, or wanting to travel the world, it just might be your purpose and the key to your abundance. “Raining Abundance H&H Mix” video reflects my journey, maybe it will reflect yours.
Soulful, Jazzy overtones on this easy listening reggae, that engages you to listen, but grooves move you to rock, whilst touching you with warmth that you can relate to, regardless of your musical tastes. Toyin Adekale’s voice has always floated effortlessly over Soul, Jazz and her first love of Reggae, bringing you to the core of her lyrics.
“THANK YOU MAMA”
Toyin always writes close to home and tells not only her feelings, but yours too. Who wouldn’t want to say ‘Thank You’ to that special parent who made sacrifices for you. The perfect Mother’s Day gift….which is everyday. “I Just Want to Say Thank You, Whilst You’re Here”….say it with a song.
“ADDICTIVE LOVE”, the icing on the cake of testimonies. Roger Samuels (The Voice UK’s semi finalist), features on this track, coming full circle to when Toyin first met Roger, whilst teaching vocal lessons and performance in South London. Then a young man who had no idea of the talent buried in him, they reunite as family man and a powerhouse of a vocalist. In this reunion, Roger shares the impact Toyin had on him those many years ago and now they’re together sharing the reason for the season. Watch out for the interviews that tell it all.
The highs and lows, the love gains and lives lost, the pain has propelled the project to its’ purpose. If you’re reading this, it’s not over, you’re not down and out. Get up, brush off, listen, dance and enjoy because……“THE JOURNEY CONTINUES”.
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