Michelle T, who formerly sang with the popular Grace Thrillers group, is about to release her first gospel album in Cayman.
“Here Is My Praise” will be launched at 87.9 FM Women in a “Tribute to Dad” gospel concert on Saturday, June 20, at the Lions Centre.
The album is a collection of some of her singles and includes nine original songs and three collaborations, including one with George Nooks, Jermaine Edwards and Andre Leon. The title track was written and produced by Clive Bennett.
She said her new album contains gospel songs that have “touched her musically and spiritually through the years.
Michelle T made a splash on the gospel scene in the Cayman Islands some years ago with her single “The Prayer,” which rose to No. 1 on the Love FM Top 40 Gospel Chart.
The album has been in progress for the past seven years.
“I am very excited about this project, as I have many favorites. I do hope that you will find at least one song that will bless your soul,” Michelle T said.
Since 2006, Michelle T has been focused on her ministry and to date has released four singles.
The songs have won her many awards in Cayman, including three No. 1’s. On March 28 this year, she was awarded “Cayman Islands Gospel Queen” by the Cayman Music and Entertainment Association.
“I was brought up in church, singing with the popular group Grace Thrillers as a child,” she said. “I feel like it has come full circle. I dabbled in the secular music arena for a little time, but you cannot stray from your roots, and as the scripture says, ‘If you train a child up in the way he or she should grow, they shall not depart from it.’”
Michelle describes her husband Chris Durrant as a strong tower of strength for her. She said he has been her counselor, role model, best friend, mentor and chief engineer, who believes in her more than she believes in herself.
“He worked tirelessly and has a great passion for music,” she said. “I thank God daily for his love, wisdom, dedication and support.”
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Michelle developed her love for singing when she was a member of a junior choir. Her singing career began when she became a part of the Grace Thrillers in Jamaica from 1986 to 1989.
She came to Grand Cayman in 1996 and was exposed to a secular career, during which she shared stage with many top artists from Cayman, Jamaica and the United States.