Internationally acclaimed Gospel recording artiste Carlene Davis is one of the most dynamic singers coming out of Jamaica. As this Caribbean Hall of Fame awardee testifies in song, the powerful message of God’s love flows through her, bringing hope and healing to the heart of the listener. God has truly anointed and appointed her to affect this generation and her mission is to bring deliverance and transformation to a hurting world through the ministry of music, thus fulfilling The Great Commission.
Born in Clarendon, Jamaica, W.I., Carlene spent her early childhood with her grand-parents when her parents migrated to the United Kingdom. They instilled the importance of Christ in her life. At the age of 14 she migrated to England with the rest of her siblings to join her parents, where she completed high school and college education. She later moved to Canada and then to Jamaica during which time she pursued a full time career in the recording music industry and became known as the ‘the mover and song bird of the Caribbean singing the ‘songs of love and freedom.’
Carlene recorded and released over 15 albums, with number one singles such as ‘Winnie Mandela,’ ‘Welcome Home Mr Mandela’, ‘It Must Be Love,’ ‘Going Down To Paradise,’ ‘Stealing Love On The Side’ ‘Santa Claus Do You Ever Come To The Ghetto,’ ‘Dial My Number,’ and ‘Like Old Friends Do.’ These song opened doors to the shores of Japan, North & South America, Europe, Canada and the Caribbean, was signed to Gee Street (Gee Jam) – Polygram Records of the USA, Cutting Edge Records of Japan and to date she still has a long standing relationship with VP Records, N.Y.
After being diagnosed with cancer in 1996, she rededicated her life to Christ, ‘The only One I could run to’ says Carlene. In this renewed calling and healing, she stands as a living testimony of the mighty healing power of God. An ordained minister with a Doctorate in pastoral counselling, a graduate of the Ron Kenoly Praise Academy, also the recipient of the Order of Distinction from the government of Jamaica for her contribution to the music industry and community development. Anointed to lead in praise and worship, gifted to sing, write, arrange songs of praise, worship and deliverance with the sound and rhythms of Jamaica is definitely bringing renewed hope to the future of the Jamaican music industry.
Carlene says, ‘By God’s grace I am again led to the numerous places I once performed going beyond denominational and cultural barriers, bringing the light of Jesus to the world, all to the honor and glory of God.’.
Since her recommitment she has released 9 gospel albums on the Glory Music label to include her latest work ‘True Worship.’ A Glory Music Production which copped the ‘Top Female Gospel Performance’ award at the Marlin’s Award in the Bahamas. This latest project and other releases are available at www.vprecords.com. The album consists of 14 songs with 2 videos produced by Caribbean Films. Other songs in her catalogue include songs such as ‘Handful of Salt,’ ‘Threshing Floor’, ‘Give Thanks,’ ‘Wish I Knew Then’ ‘My Forever Friend,’ ‘This Island Needs Jesus,’ ’Let The Church Unite,’ ‘By Any Means Necessary’, ‘Redeemed’, ‘Author & Finisher,’ and ‘Your Name Is Like Ointment.’, ‘Rock Me Jesus,’ ‘Ambassador For Christ’, ‘One Day At A Time’, ‘Lord I Give You My Heart’, ‘Days of Elijah’.
Over the past 3 years Carlene has been in the studio working on another project scheduled to be released early spring 2014. From this upcoming album she has released several singles to include, ‘Nobody Greater’, ‘Been Through Enough To Know’. In 2012 she released ‘Jubilee’ feat. Papa San to commemorate Jamaica’s 50th anniversary and that same year Carlene was called to mentor and coach Digicel Star’s talent Gospel contestants who were placed 2nd and 3rd. For Carlene 2013 came to a close on a very positive note when in October the Fun In The Son School tour took her and team into 16 of Jamaica’s high schools encouraging our youths that they have a purpose and with God they can achieve their dreams. In December she completed a song in tribute to Nelson Mandela, entitled ‘Thank You Mr. Mandela’ which is currently making inroads around the world.
Her appearance on ‘Shaggy and Friends’ on January 4, 2014 is truly an indication of what lies ahead for this strong, talented Jamaican woman who continues to remain relevant, consistent and committed to serve with the wealth of experience and expertise life has afforded her. Carlene is married to her manager/producer, Tommy Cowan, this union has produced Nathan and Naomi and is also a major influence in the lives of Tommy’s older children. Under the minister of Glory Music they are producers/promoters of the successful outreach Gospel festival ‘Fun In The Son’, this is an annual celebration of music, praise, worship and missions, where thousands of lives have been transformed, along with a three week summer outreach, where youths from the inner cities of Kingston, Jamaica and Port Au Prince , Haiti and recently Bronx NY are spiritually and physically fed. Carlene and family fellowship at Church On The Rock, Kingston, Jamaica under the leadership of Pastors Franz & Dianne Fletcher.
‘But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence (superiority) of the power may be of God and not of us’ (2 Cor.4:7).