Hall prepares for His Grace

Observer writer

Sunday, May 20, 2018

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Minister Marion Hall says her second gospel album, His Grace , will be “lit in a spiritual way”. Hall said she is excited about the self-produced project, which will be released by VPAL in late July.

“I say, God blew my mind this time around. The album is done and I'm excited for it, I'm glowing for it. The songs aren't the traditional Caribbean gospel songs. We have ska, jazz and blues, reggae, a little dancehall, there is even country gospel on it,” Hall told the Jamaica Observer.

Hall spoke in detail of I'm Gonna Fast, one of the 15 tracks on the set.

“It's about women who get saved and want a husband right away. We want God to send us a husband, but the devil can send one too. It's not a traditional gospel song and it may cause some controversy,” she said.

Hall said she was moved to pen the track after a pastor shared that she had found her husband after fasting and praying. Hall, who got saved in December 2015, said she is not focused on finding a husband.

“I'm married to Jesus until He says otherwise. The other relationships I've been in brought me shame, disgrace, abuse...there was so much lying, cheating, it was all disappointment after disappointment. Since I gave myself to Christ Jesus I don't have to wonder where He is, He comes home every night. I know where He is during the day — He is out there saving souls. He accepts my flaws, He is always in love with me, and He never beats me. So I'm not going to go out there looking for anyone, I'm not going to lean on my own understanding and go with my emotions. Until he says 'That is your husband', I'm not looking over there. I've had enough relationships and I know what sex is. I'm not in heat; any heat mi deh pan is for Jesus. No one can disappoint me again,” she said.

Hall made a name for herself in the music industry as Lady Saw before getting baptised. She is the first female deejay to win a Grammy Award for the 2004 hit Underneath It All with No Doubt. She is also the first female deejay to be certified as a triple-platinum artiste. But Hall said she is the happiest she has ever been being a minister of God.

“I was worrying about money, like how was I going to feed my family. But now everybody is calling to do a song with Marion Hall — it is so wonderful to be minister of God. All when mi nuh have nuh big millions, God is all I need. I'm at peace. Yes, I'm fighting a spiritual battle but that's because the devil knows I'm going to create havoc in his kingdom.”

“Mi happy; people always talk of me being a Christian. If I should fall — the Bible says we all fall short of the glory of God — I will get up and ask for forgiveness cause I am only flesh. You know what mankind do?” she asked. “Dem accept the apology and go roun the corner and chat yuh. I don't care about what mankind seh about me.”

She said she has now been gifted with the ability to speak in tongues, and devotes her time to being a servant of God by ministering in places like Montego Bay, Florida, and parts of Canada.

Her debut gospel album, When God Speaks, peaked at number four on the Billboard Reggae Albums charts last year and received a Grammy nod.

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