MESSAGE MUSIC

Born May 9th, Gershwin Lake hails from the beautiful island of Anguilla British West Indies. His interest in music started from birth. Even his name indicates that his parents had some future sense of his musical abilities and composition skills. Gershwin was named after George Gershwin who is famous for the composition of “rhapsody in blue”, and many other popular compositions.

His singing gift was first realized by his late Grandmother Ilva Romney who encouraged him to not hide his talent when he used to serenade her at dusk almost every evening. Gershwin, who was always shy, never imagined singing before large audiences. It was unfathomable, even though he felt the discomfort of the call of God on his life from an early age. As he approached his mid teenage years his youth leader at church, Austin 'Bennie' Connor also noticed that he had this gift that he kept hiding. Bennie insisted that he sing and with some hesitancy Gershwin decided to sing his first solo. He has been singing for the Lord ever since with a seriousness and intensity that makes him the Gospel Artiste he is today.

Gershwin started composing his own material after he realized that he had a deep appreciation for not just the melody or the voices in a song but the art form of putting words to music that reaches people in a positive way. He takes this craft very seriously and sees his songs as timely messages “for this season for this day for this hour”. Gershwin has written all songs on his debut album “Midnight Worship”, and his other work "Nic Of Time".  He has already completed writing for his third album.   The completion of his second album brought with it much revelation.  It was soon after this project was released that his manager Ivan Connor and himself coined the term for his ministry "Message Music" after careful consideration of the nature of his songs.  For Gershwin Lake & Parables Music is not just a word.  It is Ministering Unrestrained Selflessly In Christ (MUSIC).  Gershwin's constant prayer from inception of his ministry was for God to give him songs as he puts it "for this season, for this day, for this hour", the same way a pastor receives his sermon.  As an artiste Gershwin is constantly keeping his ear intuned listening to what the Holy Spirit is saying. He does not write only for the sake of producing an album.  He believes that the message of God is not based on his timetable or reason but on God's timing.  "My music is not my message but God's I'm just the messenger.  I'm the paper and He is the pen" ... that's how Gershwin puts it when asked about the notion of Message Music.   

Message Music came to define Gershwin Lake & Parables because the term "Gospel Reggae" placed the music in a category that was more fitting to the Dance Hall and ballad influenced sounds now prevalent in this stream today.  It did not envelope the "Roots Reggae" which Gershwin sings.  Also reggae in its true form is considered gospel or as Gershwin puts it, "it's like saying the same thing twice - Reggae Reggae".  Gershwin also has the utmost respect for Reggae and Jamaica, the place where Reggae was birthed.  So much so that he says that his music is a hybrid of this art form.  Reggae came out of the struggle of the Jamaican people, the way they walk, the way they talk says Reggae.  Given that he is not Jamaican he respects that fact.  Reggae was chosen as his platform because of its soothing yet direct “in your face” attitude that comes along with the beat of the drum and bass. He often refers to it as “Music for the King”. He considers one of its prolific artist, Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) his musical hero. He sees him as one who believed in his message, and lived by it no matter what.