Ryan Mark returns with Your Grace

Observer writer

Thursday, July 19, 2018

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Your Grace , Ryan Mark's fifth album, is the product of a seven-year hiatus from music and experiences as a minister. The singjay formed Pure In Heart Ministries International in 2014 and put his music career on hold to develop his church. He returns with Your Grace , a 12-track set produced by Chosen Records, which hits online platforms on July 25.

“It was hard to start the church and do music at the same time,” he told the Jamaica Observer. “Music is something I love and I didn't want to bury it. The reason why I was able to even do this album was because the church has grown so I have strong, competent leaders that can hold the fort so I could go to the studio and get some recording done.”

But even recording proved a challenge. The impassioned pastor was often voiceless in the recording booth after church services.

“It's hard to preach and sing,” he shared. “I'd come to church and preach so hard and come Monday and Tuesday when I go to the studio, there is no voice to record. I had to be drinking honey and lime, garlic — it was a warfare. I have a song on it called Forgive Me, and I remember when I went to record that song my voice was so hoarse. It turns out that the song needed to have that exact sound, so it worked out thanks to God.”

Other songs on Your Grace include S oar Wi A Soar, Fire, Mi Papa, and the title track. The official video for the last was released earlier this month.

Mark also collaborates with singer Wayne Marshall on Follow You and hip hop act Steven Malcolm on Touch Road.

For Mark, this album fuses different genres and better showcases his range as an artiste, compared to his last album, Israel, released in 2011.

Israel was hard core from start to finish, Your Grace sums me up as singer, deejay, musician, vocalist,” he said. “The album title is a perfect representation of what my life has been. No one is perfect. I've been a Christian from I was 14, made some mistakes and it is only because of His grace why I am where I am now. I got some of my inspiration from just being in church itself and worshipping, meditating, and even, with me, of my relationships with people. There is a song on it for everybody — it is an album for everybody.”

Ryan Mark, whose given name is Ryan Reynolds, was ordained as a minister at Potter's House International Ministries in New York four years ago. Even though he is back with new music, he will not be doing as much live shows as in the past.

“I'll be taking selective shows. You see, my pastoral duty is full-time, so I'm preaching, teaching, counselling — it's a full-time job. I know I'll be burnt out if I were to do every show, so it'll be selective. But everything is in one entity because even this music will pull people towards the Church.”

Ryan Mark is known for songs like Never Turning Back, God Have Mi Back and Right With You.

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