Rondell Positive

Ordering gun salutes from the dancehall microphone as DJ Slaughter in the late 1990’s, Rondell Allen compares his start in music to service in the army of the enemy. Born in Long Bay, Portland on February 5, 1978 to Alfred and Winnifred Allen, Rondell always enjoyed performing and sharing music. He first noticed his musical talent singing in choir at church but it would be years before he committed his voice to honouring God. In the meantime, several years at the turntable were followed by over a decade as a primary school teacher. At 24 years old, Rondell found himself backed into a corner by a personal crisis. Out of options, he sought divine intervention and witnessed God at work in a way he could not deny.

Convinced that Christ was indeed the answer, in 2001 he accepted the gift of salvation. That same year, he married his wife Lotoya with whom he has two daughters. In 2004, Rondell decided to develop his God-given musical talent and began writing songs. Over the past six years, he has released seven singles under the name Rondell Positive. His honest lyrics and distinct soulful chant, have earned him fast recognition in the music industry. Rondell Positive’s first single, Peace Love and Unity, received the ‘Big Tune Award’ when it debuted on Jamaica’s Roots 96 FM’s What’s the Verdict programme in 2006. The following year, Rondell Positive was featured on the ‘Firm Foundation Project’; a compilation album produced by Celestial Heightz Music in London, England. His popular 2010 singles, I’ll Never Change and Sticks nor Stones earned him nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year at the MegaJamz Awards in Kingston, Jamaica and Best New Gospel Act at the Hopeton Lewis Awards in New York, U.S.A. Leave the Children, a track released in 2006, was used at the launch of Jamaica’s ANANDA ALERT – a national mobilization response to a missing child report.

Your Will, Rondell Positive’s debut album, is slated for release in November 2011. The artiste promises “15-17 tracks, 15-17 hits”. Rondell Positive hopes that every single will resonate with his audience, but he is quick to point out that the goal of his music is much more than entertainment – its spiritual sustenance. His desire is to inspire Christians to celebrate God’s love and to stir them to pursue deeper fellowship with the heavenly Father. He is determined to do his part to help remove the scales from the eyes of unbelievers. For him, they are missing out on abundant life. Another objective, for the artiste is to minister to underserved audiences like the deaf and mute. Rondell Positive’s music video for his single, I’ll Never Change delivers some of the lyrics with sign language. An energetic and engaging performer, Rondell Positive has ministered alongside top gospel acts on the local and international stage. He has also performed on Television Jamaica’s ‘TVJ’s Smile Jamaica’. Since 2007, his Healthy Music Group has staged the annual charity event, Heart Praise Gospel Festival, in Morant Bay, St. Thomas to raise money for various initiatives in eastern Jamaica.