March 18, 2009
MR GALLIMORE…FROM BROKENNESS TO VICTORY
Kemar Gallimore aka Mr Gallimore has steadily grown his ministry over the years with his trademark wailing sound wrapped over bass-rich rhythms.
His talent and powerful delivery of his message in songs is the staple of his identity as he manages amidst the ever-growing gospel music to carve out a solid base for his growing ministry. And with a new album, aptly title Brokenness to Victory now in the works, the young minister is charged more than ever to take his word across the highways and byways.
Having started his musical career as part of the popular Main Street Records family, Mr Gallimore is now a popular fixture on the gospel scene and have made several appearances at some of the top international and local productions such as Fun in the Son and the Genesis Music Festival in full agreement to his personal commitment to “reach the lost at any cost and to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ uncompromised.”
Born in 1981, Mr Gallimore is a true product of one of Jamaica’s harshest inner cities having grown up in the volatile, Trench Town community. As a youngster he was exposed to excessive politically induced violence, which invariably affected his childhood, giving him a sense of hopelessness and despair. Today, his life is a testimony of the power of his Saviour, and he aptly summarises his triumph over his circumstances as God’s gift to him of “beauty for ashes.”
His entrance in the gospel music industry was preceded by a powerful and life changing spiritual experience; his conversion from the Rastafari belief system to faith in Jesus Christ in 1997. His conversion was set in motion after reluctantly accepting an invitation to a Bible class in ‘Rema’ Community.
He was not fully convinced of the Gospel of Jesus Christ until one day while showering at home, he felt what he described as a “mighty, rushing wind” coming over him and he began uttering praises to God. A period of calm and a sense of inner peace followed. He submitted to the call of Jesus, which he felt strongly on his life. He began fellowshipping at a local (Jamaican) assembly and committed to a personal relationship with the Lord.
Deejaying then moved from being a hobby to a passionate career. His first major recording was with Ziggy Soul. Gallimore and reggae-gospel Deejay, Moses formed the KGs, a group name based on their initials (Kemar Gallimore/Kasim Grant). They eventually separated, each into their individual acts. Mr Gallimore responded to an also converted Danny Brownie’s (former secular producer) search for hardcore deejays.
After much grooming by the Mainstreet patriarch (Brownie), Gallimore was given the opportunity to ‘voice’ on the Yow! Street Gospel Volume I album. He appears on subsequent YOW volumes.
The firebrand minister is now signed to the ballooning P&W Music label and was featured on their recently released POP Volume One compilation. The Randy McClean - operated label is also responsible for the deejay’s Brokenness to Victory project, which is set to be completed in short order.
Among Mr Gallimore’s other recordings are Marching, What’s Going On, Tink seh Mi Sick, Brokeness to Victory, Prayer and Problem.