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TT’s Gospel Chutney King has a message for the world

Saturday, March 13 2010

A POPULAR chutney song which glorified alcohol inspired the musical shift into a new genre for gospel artiste Larry Pierre.

The man who has emerged in recent years as TT’s Gospel Chutney King, had been composing and singing more traditional gospel music until 2004, when Adesh Samaroo’s chutney song “Rum Till I Die” became a hit locally.

Pierre said: “It troubled my spirit that a man could sing a song like that knowing that one day he will have to stand before God on judgement day to give an account for the life he lived upon the earth.”

Pierre, born and raised in a devout Christian home, said as he thought about the song, he was inspired to compose his first gospel chutney song, “What Yuh Go Say Boy”. The song was an immediate hit on the local circuit, enjoying heavy airplay on Christian radio stations.

The following year, Pierre released his first gospel chutney album, also titled What Yuh Go Say Boy, at Miracle Ministries in Chaguanas. Since then he has emerged as the leading exponent of the gospel chutney genre. While other artistes, locally and in the Caribbean, have been turning on to the genre, Pierre continues to excel, composing, recording and performing songs that have made him a popular music minister throughout Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.

Pierre started singing at the age of seven. His family worshipped at the Curepe Pentecostal Church. At the age of 11, Pierre started playing musical instruments such as the guitar, keyboard and drums, which helped him further develop his skills.

In 1994, Larry entered the Gospel Song Festival and placed second with his very own composition “Peace, Joy and Happiness”.

By then he had formed a band, The Silver Lining, which toured all over Trinidad and Tobago.

In 2007, Pierre was honoured by the National Chutney Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago when he received an award for Chutney Gospel Music. He launched his second Gospel Chutney album, Praise Him on Indian Arrival Day last year.

Pierre now lives in Sangre Grande with his wife, Merlyn. Their close-knit family includes their three children, Candice, Jodie and Josh, son-in-law Godwin and neice Meera, who are all involved in Pierre’s music ministry.

Pierre and his family attend the La Seiva Praise and Worship Centre under the leadership of Rev. Dr Solomon Dookoo.

To Pierre, music is the second most powerful force on the face of the earth with God being the first.

He explained: “It has the power to influence people's mind causing them to do anything. That explains the behaviour of some of our young people in terms of gang warfare, school violence, murders — all because of the type of music that infiltrates their minds.”

Pierre continues to glorify the name of the Lord through with his gospel chutney music in churches, concerts and other events by invitation. His aim is to fly the TT flag by taking gospel chutney music all over the world.

Pierre can be reached at 377-5772 for further information about his music and his ministry.

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