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karlos COBHAM

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

Boston, Massachusetts, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
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"Introducing Karlos"

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. - Barbados Today


"Local Talent Shine at Concert"

FORGET WHAT YOU’VE heard about how an all-Bajan cast can’t draw a massive crowd. Last Saturday night at Ilaro Court people of all ages showed nothing but love for home-grown performers, prompting both artistes and emcees to describe the audience as one of the best ever at any show on the island. It was local talent’s time to Shine at the concert held to raise funds for the construction of a pavilion at Queen’s College. And every performer got a good reception – from contemporary gospel acts Karlos Cobham and A Few Good Men through to newcomer Stephie Leigh and headliners Cover Drive. The experience left some of the artistes overwhelmed. Among them was international soca star Rupee. “This is one of the most beautiful shows I’ve seen in Barbados,” he told the audience that had taken up every vantage point in the open-air venue. Speaking to the WEEKEND NATION after his high-energy performance, he said the crowd was the “most memorable” one he had ever performed for. “This is one of the most overwhelming experiences I’ve had in Barbados. “It was great to see the kids and adults singing along,” he said. He revealed that he had been globetrotting over the past year, taking soca music and the Barbados brand to a number of countries for the first time. He touched Romania, Sri Lanka, Australia and Panama, just to name a few. Next on the agenda are Toronto, London and Cannes. With hits like Jump and Tempted To Touch maintaining their popularity overseas, Barbados still remained Rupee’s favourite place to perform. “Like I say in the song, [I am a Bajan] there’s nothing like coming home to the rock. I’m always indebted to Barbados,” he said. Meanwhile, Philip 7 of the band Masala described the experience as “fantastic”. “The crowd was amazing and it was good to see the young people enjoying good music and enjoying local artistes,” he said. He said Cover Drive’s success had opened doors for other young Barbadian musicians. “I think there are a couple artistes out there with potential including Stephie Leigh. The track went down on her but she continued and that’s the mark of a true professional,” he said. The singer, songwriter and guitarist said he would be releasing his second album “soon”. Meanwhile, the lead singer of NexCyx, Mahalia Cummins, also described the concert as memorable. “We’ve never performed on a stage with Rupee and it’s always good to perform with Cover Drive. “It was good to see the crowd supporting all the artistes,” she said, adding that Cover Drive’s success was inspiring. In addition to working on new music, Mahalia said the band would be performing at Bequia Music Festival this month before going to the National Association For Campus Activities convention in Nashville in February. Ultimately, the night belonged to Cover Drive and they were more than pleased with the response they received. “It was explosive, incredible,” lead singer Amanda Reifer gushed after the group’s third major performance in Barbados. “You always want love from at home,” T-Ray said as the quartet took a break from posing for photos with their young fans. Jamar noted that there was “more pressure” performing for a Barbadian audience. “You’re performing for your friends and family. You hope they like you,” he said. “The crowd didn’t just support us, they screamed for all the other Bajan talent,” Amanda added, although the group agreed that Bajans were usually a tough crowd to please. Fans won’t have to wait too long to see the group again since they will be performing at the Barbados Music Awards on Sunday. After that they’ll continue writing for their second album. - Nation News


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