Neither words nor the white blanket that they rest upon can even encapsulate my true PRVM experience.
While going through a transitional season in my life, I joined PRVM. After this decision, I gain my first spiritual family, who both consciously and subconsciously fertilized my spiritual walk with God; be it through class sessions and/or choir sessions. So far, I have made it through three tutoring levels and they each have their own seasonal significance. Basic signified my seed of faith, foundational investments and trusting God in the midst of fear. It also represented the need for me to continuously speak death to my flesh (even when I didn’t know the process had already begun when I had submitted my life to the will of God). At this level I sang “Hunger For Holiness by Helen Baylor” for my final assessment because I was indeed hungry for it.
Intermediate symbolized the cocoon stage of my life.
It was unfamiliar yet endeavoring. However, in the midst of all of my personal change and transformation, my shedding process forced me to look upon my scales as they fell off and respect and honour them. It was a painful, heart wrenching and sometimes a blindsiding experience at times. And as a result of this, my focus intermittently shifted from God and His promises and I focused on my yesterdays rather than my promised tomorrows. Condemnation, resentment and regret changed the colour of my heart. I became disappointed in myself by the mistakes that I had been making. But in the midst of that, somehow I could hear Shelly’s words replaying in my head: “You need to stop condemning yourself! Do you know what the word ‘condemn’ mean? Well it means that something can no longer be used; unfit for use! You unfit for use? No! Girl, people does condemn building and thing! So stop condemning yourself for me please miss lady! Know the difference between a conviction and condemnation, yuh hear meh!” And from here on out, little did I know that this nugget of wisdom that she had deposited into my spirit-man was a catalytic stepping stone for the next upcoming season in my life….The Advance Level. At the Intermediate Level, I sang “Just A Prayer Away by Yolanda Adams” for my final assessment because God knew I needed the reassurance that He was always just a prayer away for me.
Advance – My pillar of truth, my vortex and my reality check that checked in and out.
I have only recently completed this level and I am unable to conclusively describe my advance experience because it is still happening to me and I am still happening to it. At the intermediate level, Shelly had conditioned our minds to see that level, as training for The Advance Level. Therefore, I had periscopically entered into the advance level with the mind-set that I was training for The Crowning Touch Level. And also, at this juncture, my cocooning process was at its peak. Now this level was no walk in the park! We had scheduled quizzes and the unscheduled ones and a few assignments with deadlines to meet. In my opinion, classes at PRVM are NOT your typical teaching setting. Our class sessions were cultured around student-centered learning. Each class was highly interactive and mentally and spiritually stimulating yet challenging for both myself and my classmates. At this level Shelly encouraged us to become accountable to self and become our own teachers. Yes, she put her heart into the seeds that she was depositing into our soils and expected us to study and apply to show ourselves approved, (2 Timothy 2:15). And as a result, we were subconsciously groomed to understand what commitment, dedication and responsibility to self truly meant. In other words, Shelly nurtured and fertilized our autonomous personas. All now, I could still hear her saying, “Allyuh doing allyuh work? I would know inno! I would hear it! So allyuh better put in the work eh!” So we obeyed and we did put in the work; especially when it was time for our scheduled personal appointments. At these studio appointments, the expectation of a practical demonstration of all the theory that was previously learnt was high. Nevertheless, self-development never stopped and Shelly made sure off that. I must admit that in spite of that, I realize that it is easy to encounter mental blocks. I had encountered this. I started to doubt my ability vocally execute notes within my head register. It became scary for me because these lies that were fed to me by the enemy, soon became my truths. But in came Shelly again, allowing the Holy Spirit to use her and she just said this one statement that help patch up my self-esteem, (I'm paraphrasing here): “If you aim to avoid, you will get nothing; but if you aim to achieve, you will attain…” It brought some solace to me and I am grateful. And I am certain that she has done this for the rest of my peers in some form or the other. And thanks to Shelly, I can confidently say that our communicative and collaborative skills (as peers and as a family) were enhanced and we were and still are able to confidently direct our 3 own learning and ask (plenty) questions when and where necessary. Also I was able to witness my peers self-esteem grow and that encouraged me to not only motivate myself but cheer them on as well. We were and still are a team. We have gained each other’s trust through the giving and receiving of advice and even through our picong exchanges. As a class, we have laughed together, got upset together, cried together, persevered together, prayed together and worshipped together. At this level, I sang “Lord, You’re Holy by Helen Baylor” for my final assessment because in the midst of all what I am going through, He has been Sovereign to me.
Singer/Songwriter Akeisha Lewis, fondly known as Keke, has been singing since the age of four (4). She is extremely passionate about her art and ministry. This passion has driven her to enhance her craft seeking not only to be known as a stylistic vocalist but a technical one.
A Crowning Touch graduate at the Pinnacle of Rubies Vocal Ministry, Akeisha has had four years of extensive vocal training.
In this time, she spent two years serving as a lead vocalist for the PRVM Ruby Choir, won Best Female Vocalist, Audience Choice and many more awards at our annual Graduation Ceremony and Awards Show.
Music has brought joy, healing and elevation to her life and she uses her gift to share the love of Jesus Christ as a testimony.
Keke has been singing professionally since 2007. This has opened up many doors for her. She has had the opportunity to work with several foreign and local ministers such as Vashawn Mitchell, Helen Baylor, Mention and Sherwin Gardner who featured her on one of his songs entitled “I’m still breathing” released in 2012.
Focused on developing her own career, Keke has recently released her debut single “Real Love“ (Click to play).
An official launch may even be in the works for the near future.
Anthony Dolland also known as Christelike (Pronounced kris-si-lik) is a gospel artiste
who seeks to use The Caribbean's array of musical genres to share messages of Hope, Restoration and Encouragement.
Based in Trinidad and Tobago, Christelike has a passion for the performing arts and has been singing since the tender age of eight (8), a talent which he continued to develop, soon finding himself writing originals songs at fourteen (14).
An advanced student at Pinnacle of Rubies Vocal Ministry, Christelike has gained quite some experience in ministry, serving as a lead singer of the gospel band, "G Lyrics" and as a part of the PRVM Ruby Choir and Male Voices.
He has shared stages with the likes of Papa San, Stichie and Steve Kuban just to name a few.
Music has become one of his preferred avenues of expression and while he titillates the senses with pulsating rhythms and rhymes, he aims to remain focused on delivering the gospel message, ensuring that the WORD is solid.
"I’ve loved singing from ever since I’ve known myself."
These are the words of 20 year old Tisha Gittens.
Tisha began her pursuit of arts by entering singing competitions in both primary and secondary school.
At St. Joseph’s Convent she was the lead singer of the school band during the 7 years she spent there. She was also a member of the parang group.
At the age of twelve, she started vocal training at Pinnacle of Rubies Vocal Ministry, gaining stage experience and building confidence along the way. Shortly after, Tisha was awarded the title of Best Vocalist 2006 at PRVM. In 2007 she received the award for most outstanding performance in music and the Jiselle Warner Award for Music in 2008 at her alma mater, St. Joseph Convent.
Continuing to pursue her dreams, Tisha entered the 2013 Digicel Rising Stars competition, successfully making it to the final and placing second.
She has since been accepted to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts on a Partial scholarship with voice as the main instrument and guitar as the secondary.
Tisha now seeks to continue to pursue musical excellence and use her talents to bring glory to the Kingdom of God.
Donald Job hails from the beautiful twin Island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, in the Caribbean and has been singing for as long as he can remember. Over the years, Donald has acquired a number of esteemed titles and awards through his dynamic gospel ministry.
In 2008 he entered and became the champion of the first edition of Making the Music Minister in Trinidad. In 2009 he became the first male, gospel vocalist, to win season 4 of the “Digicel Rising Stars” competition. In February 2010 and again in January 2011, Donald was awarded “Top Ten Stars of Tomorrow” by the Tobago Cultural Committee for his achievements in Gospel. He was also awarded for achievements in Gospel by the National Youth Action Committee in Trinidad, November 2010 and in 2011, Donald was awarded “Best New Male Vocalist of the Year” by the Trinidad and Tobago Gospel Awards. In April 2012, Donald was invited to be one of the headline acts for the Tobago Jazz Experience, “Hillside Jazz”.
Donald is not only a sensational Gospel artiste but also a sought after voice for commercials. He has done commercials for top companies such as Diamond Motors, BPTT (British Petroleum Trinidad and Tobago) T&TEC (Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission); just to name a few.
Now signed to Tehilla Music Studios, Trinidad, Donald has been busy since the release of his most recent hit single "I can Do All things"
His forthcoming debut album is a mixture of Latin pop, Spanish, Country and R&B; it promises to be a musical blessing for all.
There is no doubt that greatness lies ahead for this enthusiastic, inspirational and soulful young man; only 26 years of age and he already has something to say and to sing to the next generation.
He has already shared the stage with many illustrious artists such as Donnie Mcklurkin and Vashawn Mitchell and yet maintains his humility and passion for the Lord. His focus he says,is purpose and to him,purpose is the driving force behind his music.
Donald Job is an undeniably compelling, visionary and anointed artist.
You can look forward to seeing Donald perform three new songs from his EP, GOD ARISE at PRVM's First ever Christmas Concert; In the Presence of Royalty; Kings and Queens Congregate, carded for 5pm on Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at the Faith Assembly Intl. Church, Arouca.
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