Kyle Mosqkey is a singer answering a higher calling.
Mosqkey, 26, turned his back on secular music to release his first gospel single “Sprinkle D Blood” just over two years ago. He says his transition from zessing to praising has filled his life with new purpose.
“Writing gospel music was part of my transitioning from living a fast life and singing about things that aren’t pleasing to God, in other words zessing. I felt led by God to use that same talent and energy to share real experiences to encourage positivity, hope and love,” the budding gospel star told the Kitcharee on Friday.
The Point Fortin-born singer says while his music is for everyone he feels a special affinity to young people his age and younger struggling to find their true selves in a world rife with negative influences. The correct path is always obvious or visible, he said.
“My message is simple: living a negative or criminal lifestyle might seem as if it pays off, but with it usually comes more troubles. Therefore, why not choose to live a positive lifestyle instead?
“Honestly, it becomes challenging some days, it’s only God that knows how I keep going, I felt like giving up so many times but God’s grace, mercy, favour and strength keeps me,” he said.
Following God’s plan
Mosqkey’s latest project “God’s Plan” is an honest introspective into that battle of self. The Marcus Steele—produced track explores his journey from a life of crime to hitting the lowest of lows with a suicide attempt and eventually finding the strength to rise again.
“The God’s Plan project involves some of my most difficult life changing experiences. It laid out those moments from indulging in crime, escaping the police and the tears my mom cried when she called saying police was at her door. They were going to take me out and she was fed up.
“The song even reveals my suicide attempt. It was placed this way to show that even though you may be presently living a fast life, God’s plan contains openness, responsibility & accountability, realisation of selfishness, the importance of life, love and positive changes,” he said emphatically.
While those moments were his most difficult on earth, Mosqkey says he doesn’t regret living them as they brought him to where he is today: following God’s plan.
“I fit into that plan perfectly; I needed to go through all those things to be where I am today, positively influencing others. There is always greater purpose for your life than doing things that impact others and yourself negatively,” he said.
Choose to use your talent for good
Mosqkey said soca and dancehall music can be used to spread more positive, uplifting messages. Several religious groups have denounced both genres and openly warned their followers against listening to them in the past. Mosqkey, however, argues that with the right lyrical message both can prove powerful tools in helping to change lives for the better. He urged local dancehall acts in particular with large youthful followings to change their message saying those who choose to sing about violence cannot fall back on the weak excuse of “that’s what we know”.
“We’re seeing so many talented young local dancehall artistes who opt to sing about violence. Many might say this is what we know, but we all have a choice. With that choice we can either create buzz towards positivity or negativity,” he argued.
Mosqkey is determined to do his part. He continues to share his story with all willing ears and is working towards educating himself daily on the business of music.
“Personally I plan to get my messages across by bringing hope, peace and to show the world that God isn’t finished with us yet. So many innocent persons are dying yet some of us who may think we don’t deserve life are still here. Therefore, I always pray that my life and music ministry is a blessing to someone, it helps and encourages. It reminds persons that their present situation isn’t necessarily their final destination,” he concluded.