Petula Beckles

Petula Beckles

 New York City, New York, USA
BandJazzGospel

Melodies and expressions wrapped in the Gospel, with a dash of rhythm, Jazz, and Caribbean Flavor that will tickle your taste buds and set you for an unforgettable praise experience.

Biography

With her unique blend of Jazz, Soul and Gospel, Petula Beckles is one of the most vibrant, and promising Gospel artists to date. Her golden array of smooth tones and melodious stories captivates her audience creating a warm effervescent atmosphere of praise. No shrinking flower when it comes to expressing her deep spirituality, she speaks life into the words of her songs and the truth of her conviction is clear to all who hear her.

Born in Tobago West Indies, Petula Beckles began her story as a child protégé performing her first song, “Give your Life to Jesus” at the age of 5. Her natural talent and love for singing led her to become the Golden Star Karaoke Girl in Tobago at age 14. Although she wasn’t formally trained, Ms. Beckles’ talent won her a full scholarship to sing with the Chamber Choir and Choral at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.

While attending college, Petula toured with the choir and an African a cappella group called ‘The Zambian Vocal majority’ singing throughout Texas, while receiving invitations to sing solo at various events and concerts. After moving to Florida in 2005 Petula decided to follow another passion of hers; children, she became a Baby Nurse. While using her voice to soothe babies, Ms. Beckles, never forgetting her first love, worked behind the scenes and released her first single “Today I Will Shout” in 2006, which charted at #21 on the Independent International top 30’s in 2010. Though she enjoyed working with children, Petula heeded the call from God and began her music ministry full time in December 2007.

From 2008 and beyond Petula Beckles took the Gospel world by storm releasing her solo debut album “My Song of Jesus” which has aided in landing Petula her current contract with Tate Music Group. She has shared billing and stages with Gospel greats as Canton Jones, Lexi, DeWayne Woods, Lisa McClendon, Kim Burrell, just to name a few. Petula has toured a great deal of the east coast gracing stages as Gospel Uptown, Village Underground, Nuyorican Poet’s Café, The C-Room Atlanta, York College Performing Arts Center, and more.

Petula’s stage has the quintessence Jazz house feel with a kiss of whimsy—she often performs sitting on a chair with her whimsical jade Guitar on her lap, an instrument she taught herself to play. An upright bass, piano, percussions and bongos complete the Petula Beckles experience.

“If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail” is Petula’s motto. It is with this mind-set that the Gospel/ Jazz Sensation won herself the 2012 En Sound Music Award for “Best Jazz Performance”. Petula is using her God-given talents to reach out to the world and touch each soul with her lyrical testimonies; you can expect great and marvelous things from this blossoming flower.

Lyrics

Today I Will Shout

Written By: Petula Beckles

Today I will shout
‘Cause He brought me out
From the miry clay
Now I’m on a rock to stay
So many things we’ve gained from Him
Even this song that I could sing
Heeding every word He says
We’ll never see the end of our days

La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la

This burden I once carried
He’s gotten rid completely
He’ll always be by my side, “Jesus is mine”
In this assurance I’ll abide
I’m so glad that Jesus loves us
Always on Him we must focus
Today I will shout
‘Cause He brought me out

La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la

He brought me out, without a doubt
He set me free on Calvary
He paid the price, Yeah! So I shout
Today I will shout
‘Cause He brought me out

Can't Find The Words

Written By: Petula Beckles

I’m sitting by the swimming pool
Looking at the sun go down
The air it feels so fresh and cool
I’m trying to write about God’s love
But why can’t I find the words
There’s beauty all around me
And oh, what pretty birds
Oh Lord! Have mercy on me

I can’t find the words when I talk about His love
Incomprehensible, his love is so incredible
Wonderful Savior, He’s my all in all
He’s so amazing. God is love

Now I’m sitting in my rocking chair
Looking at the television
Disgusted with all that I see there
I turned it off and started to pray
But why can’t I find the words
I should always know what to say
After all I’m blessed and living peaceably
Please Lord, help me find my way

I can’t find the words when I talk about His love
Incomprehensible, his love is so incredible
Wonderful Savior, He’s my all in all
He’s so amazing. God is love

He is my anchor, and my haven, the good shepherd
The morning star, a beacon of hope, He’s my strong tower
Prophet, and Priest, and King- My friend.

(Repeat chorus)

Discography

My Song of Jesus (2008)
Today I Will Shout (2006)

Set List

Originals:

Today I Will Shout
Taste and See
Where ever Jesus Leads Me
I Love You Lord
My Song of Jesus
Can't Find the Words
Blue Notes (pre-release)
Come see A Man (pre-release)
My Lord (Vadoo)
Don't Deserve it
Because of You

Covers:
Carry On (Babbie Mason)
Nobody Knows (medley)
The glory song

Petula's set can last from 30mins. to 1 1/2hrs, and ranges from a solo performance to an engaging 13 piece band. Thus, compensation varies. Contact for more info.