Davina Hamilton (The Voice) writes about the trajectory of reggae singer Christopher Martin, including his calling at an early age and Rising Stars, the competition that catapulted him to stardom:
Hailing from the Jamaican parish of St. Catherine, Martin’s love for music blossomed throughout his childhood.
Keen to become a professional recording artist, Martin entered the Rising Stars talent contest at the age of 18, allowing TV audiences throughout Jamaica to see and hear his talent.
After winning the prestigious contest, Martin went on to confirm that he was, indeed, a rising star, racking up performances throughout Africa, the Caribbean, America and Europe, gaining fans throughout the world in the process.
Is it safe to assume Martin considers Rising Stars as his big break?
“Oh, absolutely,” he confirms. “It’s been almost 11 years since I won and that experience really changed my life dramatically. When I look back at where I was then compared to where I am now, I realise what a blessing it was to win.
“There’s often a stigma with talent shows that when an artist wins, they’ll be around for a year or two and then they’ll fade away. But I’m still here, still going strong and that’s a blessing.
Reflecting on what he’s learned about himself since winning the contest, he says: “I’ve realised that this is really what I was born to do. A lot of people go through life without finding what they truly love to do. I feel grateful that the Almighty blessed me from an early age with what I feel I was born to do. My music has impacted so many lives and that’s why I take so much pride in my work and in my craft.”
Whilst in the UK, Martin also demonstrated his philanthropic side when he teamed up with charity, Chain of Hope. Providing life-saving heart operations to children and young people in Africa and the Caribbean, the charity has done extensive work in Jamaica, gathering medical teams from leading cardiac hospitals in the UK, USA and Europe to take their expertise to the island and treat sick children. [. . .]
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