"Moving Forward In Righteousness"
Gospel DJ, MR. GODDY GODDY, is committed to doing whatever it takes to win souls for the Kingdom of God. He has realized the power of the DJ ministry and is using Reggae Music to take the message of salvation to the inner-cities across Jamaica. He is committed to the God–given task with more zeal in light of spreading the “wrong message” in his secular days.
Mr. Goddy Goddy was born Howard Reynolds on November 15, 1970 in Kingston Jamaica where he grew up in the Marverly and Orange Grove communities in Kingston. He attended church on Sundays at a local church as this was custom of his family.
At age 14, while attending Papine Secondary School, Howard started his secular music career as “Snake Man”, he recording at age 15 titled “Old People” for the famed recording duo Sly & Robbie.
In 1993, he signed with the Black Scorpio Label where he recorded his first major single ‘Mr. Dynamite’.
In 1997, Howard was enjoying success as a secular DJ but eventually grew uncomfortable with the Dancehall environment and especially with the lewd lyrics that he often chanted. One night while watching a program on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), a great conviction came over him and he found himself asking God for forgiveness on his knees. He made the decision to give up his secular DJ career and started attending a local church and studying the Word of God.
On April 1999 he fully surrendered all to Jesus at the altar of Cavalier New Testament Church and was subsequently water baptized.
In November 2000, Mr. Goddy Goddy, released his debut album ‘Goddy Goddy’, which has been well received. In 2001, Mr. Goddy Goddy was the recipient of the XNEWS “Best Gospel Artiste for 2000” award.
His Ministry has taken him within the Caribbean as well as to the United States and Canada. He was recently featured on the 2003 Kellogg’s Gospel Singoff – Junior Choir Competition series in Washington DC and Detroit MI legs as a result of the stategic marketing efforts of Emerald Entertainment and Sports (www.emeraldpromotions.com).
Mr. Goddy Goddy has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the likes of Papa San, Stichie, Ziggy Soul, Carlene Davis, Chevelle Franklyn, and The Righteous Riders.
In 2004, Mr. Goddy Goddy’s launched his sophomore album entitled “Warfare” that he hopes will be very instrumental in winning many souls for Christ.
Mr. Goddy Goddy - Vocalist
Goddy Goddy (Released 2000)
Warfare (Released 2004)
DJs in high spirits after 'Barbados Gospel Fest'
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Published: Friday - June 11, 2004 By Teino Evans, Staff Reporter JAMAICAN GOSPEL artistes Howa...Published: Friday - June 11, 2004
By Teino Evans, Staff Reporter
JAMAICAN GOSPEL artistes Howard 'Goddy Goddy' Reynolds and Tyrone 'Papa San' Thompson are still in high spirits, in the aftermath of the recently held 'Barbados Gospel Fest'.
Goddy Goddy was ecstatic about the overwhelming response he received from the crowd.
"The energy was a hundred per cent. Di people dem did hungry for my ministry, because when I went there two years ago I only did two songs and they wanted more. I did Spiritual Kitchen from my first album, (entitled Goddy Goddy), but it is still one of the biggest hits in Barbados," Goddy said.
Goddy says when he left the stage the patrons were still very enthusiastic and it was difficult to restore calm to the crowd. Goddy says Papa San, however, put the icing on the cake and they were both successful in 'fully closing down di place'.
Calvin Baker, Goddy Goddy's manager, said the event was well-attended and the Jamaican reggae gospel well-received.
"The promoters said that it was a record turnout for the festival in spite of other festivities on the island, including the motor car rally. The line-up was superb and the Jamaican gospel (reggae) was well received. Patrons sang line by line in many instances as the artistes delivered their music ministry," Baker said.
Baker says plans are now in high gear for Goddy's next stop, which will be at the TD Jakes' 'Mega Fest' slated for June 23 to 26, 2004, where Papa San is also slated to perform.
Papa San, in relating his own experience of the Gospel Fest, said the entire festival was an overwhelming experience.
"Is di biggest one dem have so far. Thousands of people turned out and it was an awesome night," San said. He also said that his song Smile Again had inspired the Prime Minister's assistant to give a written testimony. According to San, if this was the only good thing that came out of the festival he would have still been happy.
San says Smile Again is also number one in the Barbados Top 10 songs.
Papa San says the event was widely covered as "BET was there videoing the whole thing and we did an interview which will be airing soon on BET Jazz."
Papa San says he will soon be heading off to Miami in June, as he was nominated for a gospel artiste of the year award. San is also slated to go on tour in Africa with Kirk Franklin in early August.
The Barbados Gospel Fest showcases the very best in local, regional and international gospel music. This year's event was dubbed 'One Awesome Day' and was held at the Farley Hill National Park, St. Peter.
Among other acts featured on the show were Soul Winners, Instruments Of Praise, the Praise Dance Academy of Barbados and American singer Deitrick Haddon.
Church On The Hill
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Published: Tuesday - June 1, 2004 by Janelle Walters MAKE no mistake about it – church was very ...Published: Tuesday - June 1, 2004
by Janelle Walters
MAKE no mistake about it – church was very much in session when Gospelfest’s Awesome 2004 came off Sunday at Farley Hill National Park in St Peter.
Soft grass replaced hard seats and a canopy of trees provided the shelter.
Soul Winners were among the earlier artistes who welcomed the large congregaton. Stirring spirits with popular choruses and songs, they whipped the crowd into fine shape with dancing and waving – all for the Lord.
The catchy, not to mention pointed lyrics of Instruments Of Praise saw ministering continue.
Lines like: “Whether it’s Tom, Dick or Harry, you better tarry till you marry,” drew some nods from the audience and: “That’s right,” from some seemingly determined folks.
There was also dance and the Praise Dance Academy of Barbados was dynamic.
From the first step, this group of enthusiastic women and men held the crowd’s attention and pepped up spirits like people on a mission. Their energetic offerings enthralled the crowd and were truly inspiring.
Amidst the calypso, latin, dub and reggae beats, Sister Margareta Marshall stepped out and went: “Old School!”
Classics such as Since I’m Serving Jesus and of course Walk Holy were laid down in fine style. The response from the young and old proved that despite the explosion of genres such as rap, dub and calypso in gospel, some traditional gospel music will never die.
Shouts of praise
Popular band Promise was later on stage and despite the new face of Sheldon Hope replacing veteran gospel artiste James Leacock, the congregation welcomed them warmly.
When the strains of De Waving Thing (made popular by Trinidadian Sean Daniel last year) begun, the Hill resonated with shouts of praise and a frenzy of waving hands.
But if all that had gone before was for praise and worship, American performer Deitrick Haddon gave the sermon.
His songs Stand Still and A Sinner’s Prayer are standard fare on the radio waves. To say the man can sing is an understatement.
“I want you to act like you are loosing your mind,” he instructed the congregation. On any other stage it might have been construed as an invitation to trouble but there it rendered an outpouring of praise.
By the time the first chord was struck for Stand Still, people could be seen crying, rocking in passionate prayer and with hands upraised.
In fact, so well known is the song that the congregation soon became the choir and Haddon a very able choir master.
If Haddon gave the sermon then performers Howard Goddy Goddy Reynolds with his songs Hey You, Warfare, and Havefi Go A Heaven followed by the ever popular Papa San gave the benediction, winding down the show challenging the congregation and offering inspiring messages.
Papa San is one of a growing number of artistes plucked from the secular world of music and reborn into the gospel arena. He has brought with him a dub style that has made some older members of the Christian Community and even some young ones, cringe.
But last night, young and old heard his message and they all Step Pun De Enemy, jumped, waved and clapped together onto God. By the time he closed the show with Jesus Mek Me Smile it was clear that his ministry had pleased and blessed many patrons. His altar call also saw people requesting prayer and giving their lives to God.
It was quite a day and while the promotions said “Awesome 2004”, phenomenal could well have sufficed.
Goddy Goddy emerges from Snake Man's skin
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Published: Friday - May 21, 2004 By Teino Evans, Staff Reporter AS A youngster, Howard Reynold...Published: Friday - May 21, 2004
By Teino Evans, Staff Reporter
AS A youngster, Howard Reynolds pursued dreams like any other youth, growing up in the communities of Marverly and Orange Grove in Kingston. Despite being introduced to the church at an early age (attending Sunday school), Howard tried his hand at dancehall music while attending Papine Secondary.
He had his fair share of success at a secular career under the name 'Snake Man', as he recorded his first song (Old People) at age 15 for Sly & Robbie. In 1993 Reynolds landed a contract with the Black Scorpio Label where he recorded his first major single Mr. Dynamite.
As time passed, Howard reaped the successes of his secular career but began to grow uncomfortable with the contents of his musical lyrics and in 1997, felt the power of God's word while watching a programme on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). It wasn't until two years later, however, that Howard went before an altar at the Cavalier New Testament Church and fully committed his life to Christ.
Since then, Howard Reynolds, now popularly known as Mr. Goddy Goddy, has been using all resources available to him, including his talent as a deejay, to spread the word of God to the unsaved, as well as encourage Christians along the correct path.
Goddy Goddy can recall how he first gained recognition in the Christian music fraternity, as he says it all started when he was deejaying a song he had written.
"Mi did have a song weh mi write called The Whole Armour, taken from Ephesians 8, and I was deejaying the song one day (at the Cavalier New Testament Church) when some church members heard me and invited me to perform it in church," he said.
From there, Goddy Goddy started performing at 'Youth Flex' (an event where all the churches in that denomination came together). It was at that point that Goddy Goddy landed an interview at LOVE FM, with Marshall Redwood.
"Marshall recognised my talent and introduced me to Sam Wisdom and I did my first 'Back to Basics' concert in early 2000," he said. Goddy Goddy says this was just the exposure that he needed, as he started to perform on all the 'Back to Basic' shows around the island. "It was through the whole 'Back to Basics' thing that led to my launching off and getting popular," Goddy Goddy explained.
In November 2000, Mr. Goddy Goddy, released his self-titled debut album Goddy Goddy, which did well both locally and internationally. In 2001, Goddy Goddy was the recipient of the XNEWS 'Best Gospel Artiste for 2000' award and he was later featured on the 2003 Kellogg's Gospel Singoff Junior Choir Competition series in Washington DC and Detroit.
Goddy Goddy says this first album paved the way for his sophomore album, entitled Warfare, which was launched on April 3, 2004.
This second album, which has been two years in the making, has been raking up a storm, as Goddy Goddy says the response has been great so far. "I am happy to know that the songs and even the topics we choose to speak on, people can really relate to in their everyday lifestyle," he said. Goddy Goddy says throughout his career as a gospel artiste there have been ups and downs, but nevertheless he continues in the faith. He says "It's not an easy road, but at the same time we experience a lot of good times, and we feel good when souls are saved."
The critics and traditional Christians who oppose his work sometimes put a strain on him, but Goddy says he hopes that in time these people too will grow to appreciate the effectiveness of his ministry.
WE ARE SAVED
"There are some people who still don't believe that we are saved or that reggae can be used to minister to people, but I have grown past that. I now give thanks for those people, hoping that one day they will see the light," he said.
He has been utilising the power of his DJ ministry to take the message of salvation to the unsaved, but Mr. Goddy Goddy has not stopped there.
He has spent money out of his own pocket to form an outdoor ministry called 'Faith Anointed', a gospel sound system that plays mainly in inner-city communities, like Tivoli, Denham Town, Rocky Valley, Cavaliers and Temple Hall.
Goddy Goddy says it was a vision he received from God and he has had to press forward without financial aid from the corporate community. Now Goddy Goddy says he welcomes any assistance from persons/organisations wishing to come on board, as his only source of funding for this outdoor ministry comes from a concert (Joshua Generation) held annually in Portmore.
Goddy Goddy says he hopes to continue every aspect of his ministry, taking his music to international heights and his outdoor ministry to the four corners of the island.
Next on the agenda, Goddy Goddy says, will be the shooting a video for the song Sure (featuring his younger brother, Prodigy). This he hopes to complete in another two weeks.
Mr. Goddy Goddy is billed to perform at the Barbados Gospel Fest on May 30, after which he will be off to the T.D Jakes Mega Fest in Atlanta from June 23-26.
Reggae, Dancehall Gospel End Expo
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Published: Tuesday - May 18, 2004 By Mel Cooke, Freelance Writer WESTERN BUREAU: THE REGGAE...Published: Tuesday - May 18, 2004
By Mel Cooke, Freelance Writer
THE REGGAE righteousness of Ziggy Soul and the dancehall divinations of Goddy Goddy brought a spiritual end to 'Children's Expo 2004' on Sunday night.
The joyful noise from the stage had to compete with the unqualified noise from those who were not interested in what was taking place on the bandstand, but working with recorded tracks, the two held the attention of those who sat and stood before the stage.
"Mek me see de han' of all who love Jesus, de ongly name wid truth," Ziggy Soul said, before going into a guitar-led track which advised:
Do not let your heart be troubled
In my father's house there are many rooms
And if it were not so I would have told you so
Drum and bass came in to complement the guitar as the dreadlocked singer continued:
All I ask is that you love one another
Respect your brother
Love your sister
"Jesus Christ himself sey don' judge nobody. If someone do suppen, try talk to dem quietly. Not even mek nobody hear. But no judge," Ziggy Soul said, going into a song which asked:
How can you say to your brother
Let me take a speck out of your eye
When all the time there is a speck in your eye?
Ziggy Soul ended on that non-judgemental note, making way for deejay Goddy Goddy.
GODDY GODDY TAKES THE STAGE
Goddy was, like Ziggy Soul, casually dressed, but the deejay added a pair of shades. He used an uptempo backing track to do a series of lines from popular choruses, coming back to a refrain of 'go Goddy Goddy go'.
A Little More Oil and I Feel Good were illustrated with some dancing while Hands Up And Tell Me If You Love My Jesus was met with several raised hands.
The yellow wave sticks which proliferated in the Arena came in handy for obedience to the request "get something and wave it for Jesus", the chorus with which Goddy ended, with a final 'hallelujah' underscoring the praise and worship.
"Anywhere we go is spiritual warfare, cause we come to tear down all demonic forces," Goddy Goddy said, calling on his son Little G for the next song. Little G provided a high pitched refrain "I ain't afraid of no ghost", as well as a series of skanks, as his father launched into verbal warfare.
"Yu have some people, tru de likkle money whe yu have yu spen it pon yu pickney, like come a 'Children Expo', dem grudge yu. So dem tek fi dem money go obeah man go try mash dung yu pickney. If yu know sey yu na go obeah man, sey naa!" Goddy said, eliciting a chorus of the same from the audience.
The deejay said he had a new name for those who visit the obeah man; he dubbed them 'Obeah man poppy show' and launched into detailed lyrics about their practices and the folly thereof:
Some a dem gone a obeah man a read up palm
But a Bible me read up instead.
There was laughter as he chanted that "some a light candle and no light no gone" and, after he had affirmed that "a one protection Goddy Goddy recommend an' a de blood a de Lamb", many voices joined in for the closing "hey-ya-hey-ya-haw" refrain with which he ended the song and his performance.
Gospel Concert Disturbs The Peace - But For A Worthy Cause
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Published: Monday - May 17, 2004 By Teino Evans, Staff Reporter THERE WERE high praises inside...Published: Monday - May 17, 2004
By Teino Evans, Staff Reporter
THERE WERE high praises inside the Family Church on the Rock in St. Andrew last Saturday, so high that the police had to be called in by neighbours to turn down the music.
The concert, dubbed 'Praises for Life' was held in an effort to raise funds for a heart patient, Calvin Bloomfield, but almost had to end early, as police officers turned up at the venue at around 9 p.m. to inform the organizers that they were disturbing the peace.
Nevertheless, the show continued full speed ahead, as various artistes came out to show their support as they gave some very spirited and encouraging performances.
Early performances from the Rock Choir and Band, got patrons in the mood to worship, as they did songs like Praise Is What I Do, setting the pace for the spirited performances to come.
Kevin and Robin then took the stage, changing the pace a little, as the two cousins got the reggae gospel flavour going. The two performed songs like If Yuh Know Fi Praise And Man.
Now, in the vibes, patrons would hardly get a chance to wink, as a series of other reggae gospel artistes were immediately unleashed on-stage.
Starting them off was Mr. Goddy Goddy himself, as he entered on stage singing Warfare. He and his eight year-old son Little G then left many patrons in awe, as his son repeated his line in the song, saying I Ain't Scared Of No Ghost.
Goddy Goddy then showed his diversity, as he did his second song (Titus) on a calypso rhythm, this to the delight of the audience.
It was definitely a family affair for Goddy Goddy, as his younger brother, Prodigy teamed with him on-stage before taking their exit.
Members of the katalyst Crew, JAI and Radik then added their contribution, as they performed Let Go, Let God. The two also introduced patrons to a couple of new dances that they recently invented, 'Narrow Road' and 'Follow di Cross'. This created a stir in the audience as patrons attempted to get the hang of them.
Judy Mowatt then restored some calm in the overactive audience, as she performed soulful songs like More Than An Ordinary Servant. At this point, patrons had a moment to catch their breath and reflect on the relationship with God.
Closing the show was Prodigal Son and artistes from his Radikal Communications group, including Prodigy, DJ Nicholas and Jason Mighty.
The group of youngsters (Prodigy, DG Nicholas and Jason Mighty) performed some of their current hot songs, setting the vibe and energy for the Prodigal Son to take the stage.
"Eh yow wi tell dem seh wi a radical people," Prodigal chanted from backstage as he slowly trod to the front singing Wow.
Prodigal never slowed the pace down once he got started, as he introduced patrons to a new song off his upcoming album entitled, The Journey Continues.
He then broke into a series of old favourites like Think About The Judgement Day and God Can't Hold Inna Yuh Pocket. The show, which ended at around 11:40 p.m., was definitely an evening well spent as one patron said, "It was a great show for a worthy cause. I am really pleased to see the turnout and the performances were full of energy."
Christian Deejays Chastise Their 'Doubting Thomases'
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Published: July 2, 2001 WESTERN BUREAU: CHRISTIANS CAME in for a healthy dose of criticism fro...Published: July 2, 2001
CHRISTIANS CAME in for a healthy dose of criticism from their own at 'Let God Arise', held on Friday night at Love and Faith Ministries on Maxfield Avenue.
And interestingly enough, it all came from the latest revolutionary wave to hit the ministry, the gospel deejays.
After 'bussing the place' with I Wish, the Prodigal Son asked for a moment to say something. He got it.
"There are Christians, some of us, when there is war in Rema dem sey 'I claim it in the name of Jesus'. When Papa San come pon Sting dem pray fi him an claim him in de name of Jesus. An', wen we come dem same one a rejec' dem prayers an sey dancehall cyaan come inna gospel. I sey dere is no such ting as a secular riddim. Is what yu put on it dat contaminate dat riddim," he said.
If the response he received was anything to go by, Prodigal Son has blessed the rhythms he is on.
Mr. Goddy Goddy had the Love and Faith crowd in stitches with humorous comments and lyrics during his performance. While he was in no way bitter, the deejay was in a serious mood when he said:
"I live on a lane and there are people there who are from a different denomination. When dem pass my yard dem turn dem face de odda way," he dramatised to much laughter.
He then did a piece about unity among Christian denominations, declaring that he was a part of them all.
Papa San examined the motives of those who attend shows, as he gave it to Love and Faith rapid-fire style.
"People come to stage show for different thing. Some come fi sell peanut, some come fi big up demself, but I come to big up Jesus," he said.
Set Length is between 45mins - 1hr 30 mins
2. Obeah Man Poppy Show
3. Spiritual Kitchen
5. Traditional Medley
7. Hurry Up
10. Give Thanks Fi Mama
There are no upcoming dates at this time.