Junior Tucker: Reggae gospel pioneer speaks about his change of direction

Wednesday 24th December 2003

Once JUNIOR TUCKER hit with such songs as "Some Guys Have All The Luck", now he's a reggae gospel minister. He was quizzed by Tony Cummings.

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TC: Tell me about your new album.

JT: My new album is called 'Sold Out: Worship From The Islands. It's a live praise and worship album, but reggae. It's nine original songs and five covers. We did "Ancient Of Days", "The Lord Reigns", "Lord I Give You My Heart" and "Eagles Wings" and stuff like that. The original songs have an island flavour.

TC: Was it recorded at one concert?

JT: Yeah. We did one concert at Church On A Rock in Jamaica. They gave me the church and we just called all our friends and had a great worship time, one take. Then took it into the studio and treated it a little bit.

TC: How did you find the musicians that you work with now?

JT: These are born again, saved musicians and singers from my church and Church On A Rock; but they grew up on reggae. So for us to get together and worship God was just a great time. I had nine singers and four musicians.

TC: What are you doing now in your church involvement?

JT: I've been worship leader at my church for quite some time, for four years now. So that's been an awesome experience and an opportunity for God to mould me and shape me. I'm the worship leader on this album. I'm not necessarily singing every song. People from the choir are singing a couple of the leads. So it's just a joy to do this album 'cause that's what God's been doing with me and shaping me. Moving me from a performer to a worshiper.

TC: Is it possible for you to move back? Can you go out and play a club as well?

JT: Sure. My pastor laid hands on me and gave me the opportunity to go out and minister when called. So that there are other people who, whilst I'm not there, are leading worship. God spoke to his heart and my heart and said that it's now time for me to go out. This is the next phase of my ministry. CR

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About Tony Cummings
Tony CummingsTony Cummings is the music editor for Cross Rhythms website and attends Grace Church in Stoke-on-Trent.

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