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INTERVIEW WITH SINGER/SONG WRITER Jenillia Maronie Richards

Habakkuk 2:3

For the vision is for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie, though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Jenillia Maronie Richards or Solace her preferred stage name is short   but powerful as she demonstrated her dynamic energy  two weeks ago at the Sinach concert held in the Commonwealth of Dominica on November 25th. Solace as the name suggest brought comfort and joy to the thousands that were present at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium leaving her catchy rhythms on the lips of several.

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(Sinach concert Nov 25th 2018)

 

Having been born in a family of singers and dancers she was no stranger to music and it became a natural gift to her to sing and write songs of her own. She started at the tender age of seven singing Jesus loves me, a song that still resonates throughout her career today as she has established herself as a gospel artist.

She recalls her big break from shyness and leading in song as a teenager when her worship director asked her to lead worship one Sunday as he saw she had the potential to do so. She hasn’t shy away from singing ever since as she is grateful that her music can minister hope and deliverance. Solace has since backed up for several renown artists such as Positive ,Marvia Providence, Bridget Blucher and Emrand Henry just to name a few.

 

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(April 1st Restoration of Faith concert)

Though her gift was freely given by God, she did enhance it by enrolling herself in voice training classes, worship seminars, following tips via youtube and seeking mentorship from more experienced artists. She also plans on growing her act by learning to play the guitar at a Christian music school in December.

Her greatest inspirations are her husband and Music Manager Vincent Richards, loving parents, along with some musical artists such as Chevelle Franklin and Hillsong United. Solace has written and performed several of her songs such as Remedy, Praise Him Anyways, Shake it off, I believe, Rising Higher, Unity Time and I am Free amongst others. A mix of Soca, Worship, Cadence-lypso,Zouk an Reggae genres. She is currently working on her debut album “My God shall Supply”.

Having such a deep passion for music lead her to host her first ever GospeLypso concert held in Dominica in 2017 though the idea received a lot of criticism from persons who felt gospel and Calypso don’t mix, she stated God is the creator of Music and Calypso is only a music genre. The show proved to be a resounding success, so much so that patrons are asking for a second one, winner of that show was Berly Samuel better known as Lady B.

 

 

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  (Performers at the Gospelypso show)

Solace is destined for greatness and she is a pure example of how far talent, hard work and a lot of faith can take you. Her biggest music break was not too long ago at the Sinach concert, an opportunity she has been praying for. As Exposure and putting ones music out there has been her biggest challenge as a Gospel artist in Dominica.

 

 

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(Sinach concert)

 

 

 

 Screenshot_2018-12-09-15-50-45(Solace performing at the Fun in the Son Concert)

 

 

 

 

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The interview ends with a word of advice to aspiring artists to always work on their music, never give up on their dreams, speak life over their selves, stay close to God, take the time to enhance ones skill and she encourages them to affiliate themselves with more experienced artists to learn, observe and grow.

Luke 1:37

For with God Nothing shall be impossible.

Solace can be contacted at Jrichardsma@gmail.com or solacemusikdom@gmail.com or via Facebook at Solace Dominique.

 

Written by

Laurna Guiste

 

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HOURGLASS FIGURES(Interview with the trainer)

 

Walks in about 8 minutes late into the interview with sport like attire, black, felted hat and head phones with a smile on his face. Ezekiel Royer better known as Tiraww quiet demeanor is what first strikes me, as he greets me.

Coming from the community of Bath Estate, this 32 year old man (who looks about 26) sits and tells me about his life. Coming from a Christian home Ezekiel had a proper upbringing, he was often soft spoken and quiet individual, though his troublesome ways could not escape him. Being very troublesome Ezekiel found school years were somewhat of a challenge, but yet he prevailed.

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Mr. Royer possesses many talents such as vlogging, gardening, modeling, hiking (member of the Next Level Hiking group).

At age 13 he fell sick and was often in and out of the health center, one visit proved he had a high trance of sugar in his blood. This set an alarm for Ezekiel knowing his grandmother died from such a disease, he became determined not to follow a similar fate. That became the genesis of an alternative life style, he decided to change his diet, get involved in Sports such as being on the track team and drink lots of water per day.

His love for the track field drove him to become coach for his old primary school for three years, working with students, giving rise to a few successful runners.

Ezekiel’s breakthrough did not come until he heard about this trainer in Barbados Kenny Griffin, visiting the island to give a training course in Cardio Vascular Respiratory disease fitness. The announcement was made at church and his friend advised him to join, since he was known to be sporty.  The training course was over a weekend and there he obtained his certificate in being a certified physical Community Exercise Leader.

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Ezekiel  being a certified trainer was the stepping stone that paved the way to him starting his own personal training business named Hourglass fitness. Locals nick named him Tirawww a name derived from his love for hip  hop and artist Tyga who started a shoe  collection  called Tirawww,which Ezekiel named his youtube channel after.

The name Hourglass Figures speaks for itself as it is for individuals who desire to have not only an awesome shape but be in excellent health. The training are for persons up to the ages of 50, though he has mostly worked with persons in the health district as nurses, he works with anyone willing to put in the work to get definite results. Persons to include 2017 Carnival Queen

Winner Jade Romain, he was her personal trainer for months before earning that crown.

Ezekiel’s training includes private one on one training, gym, fun exercises as his motto is fitness made fun.

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He offers one day session for $10(ec), monthly price of $90.00(ec) plus $15 for membership and personal one on one training sessions for $150.00(ec). This trainer stands out as he exercises lots of patience with his clients as he recalls his struggles of when he started off, his amicable nature also causes him to be approachable and easy to train with.

Taking his training sessions to the spontaneous places like the beach, gardens and the stadium. Though his biggest challenge has been getting his own spot to train in as finance has been a burden but he has found ways of making it work, For one he has partnered with a local gym to use their equipment and he gets a small amount of the profit, but the results he gives a well worth it.

He enjoys helping people and assisting them in their physical fitness goals and overall making them healthier.

The interview ends with him stating that being a trainer is no easy road, but being a good trainer is the best teacher”

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Ezekiel can be contacted at 1(767)285-2047. Hourglass Fitness,fitness made fun

Ezekiel can be contacted at 1(767)285-2047,

@tirawww767 IG
trawww836@gmail.com

Written by

Laurna Guiste