Reggae artiste Richie Stephens has collaborated with reggae/dancehall artiste Konshens to record a gospel single called The Lord's Prayer.
The single is produced by legendary producer Danny Brownie on the Pot Of Gold label and according to Stephens, the song was inspired by the experience of losing his son, dancehall artiste Copper Cat. "The inspiration behind this song is concerned with a time in life when you just have to reflect, it was influenced by the passing of my son. He died violently and people would resort to violence in form of retaliation, but instead of that I decided to put it in the Father's hand so I decided to do some songs saying the same thing," Richie Stephens said. Stephens said the Lord's prayer is one of the most powerful messages in the Bible and due to the religious background of Jamaica, the single is welcomed even in the hard core dancehall.
" The response to the song is more than I expected, it has become an instant play and everybody love it, because as Jamaicans we are very God fearing so they are attracted to it. Recently it was played in Weddy Weddy and it got about seven pull ups," he revealed. Richie Stephens also had high regard for fellow entertainer Konshens who featured on the song.
"Konshens has more than just popularity, he has the character because he is a clean artiste in terms of the way he lives his life and this is the basis on which I asked him to do this song," he said. Richie Stephens is gearing up to release a gospel album called God Is On My Side, this year, while Konshens who was being featured on his first gospel song, expressed that he was grateful for the collaboration with a reggae music icon.
"Richie Stephens is an icon in reggae music and regardless of the type of song we collaborated on, it is a pleasure and privilege. I have done song acknowledging God already but this is the first one that could actually be played in a Christian gospel environment," Konshens said. Richie Stephens is busy promoting his follow-up collaboration with German reggae artiste Warrior, the two are also aiming to release a collaboration album called Live Your Life.
In the meantime, Konshens is enjoying his current popularity in the dancehall sphere releasing singles such as Si Mi Ya, Don't Diss Mama and Move To Dem featuring Ward 21 deejay Suku.