INSPIRING: Lurine Cato hopes her songs will uplift and help people; (inset) Lurine with her MOBO award
NOT SINCE UK gospel legend Lavine Hudson came to the fore in the 1980s, has a forthcoming release by a British female gospel artist generated such excitement, but this is the case with the debut album from the queen of UK gospel, Lurine Cato.
She’s a singer with faith, style, beauty, style and a five-octave voice which is used in a dynamic and memorable way. Her songs like Revive Me have become church anthems.
It would be fair to say the gospel community have waited long for the release of Chosen To Serve. And when they hear the album, they will say it was worth the wait and has come out at the right time.
She said: “It wasn’t easy doing interviews saying ‘yes, it’s coming out in a few months’, then it didn’t. But one thing for sure, and I feel it in my heart, that this is the perfect time, with the perfect songs for this album and season.”
Chosen To Serve features a myriad of musical styles, including Afrobeat, R’n’B and electro dance, but all are infused with a gospel flavour.
She says that people shouldn’t be surprised. “From when I was young, I’ve always listened to pop, jazz, classical, reggae, all types of music.
“When I did backing singing, I did the same genres of music, so it’s kind of natural for me to write songs where they sound like they would cross over, but it is music I love.
“Deep down, I’m confident in the songs that God has given me. I believe the songs will uplift and help people.”
Stand-out songs include Pressure, which features Isaiah Raymond Dyer, Faye Simpson and
Lurine, a mother of two, was born to Jamaican parents. She is the ninth child of 11 children and was raised in COGIC, where she learned much of her singing craft. Over the years, Lurine has worked with leading artists from gospel, pop and soul including Raymond & Co, Kylie Minogue, Susan Boyle and Mary J Blige. She has also headlined her own sell-out shows and is regularly invited to perform across Europe.
It has to be said that her standing in both the gospel and secular music world went up tenfold in 2013, when she won the MOBO award for best gospel artist.
During her acceptance speech, she confessed: “It’s not easy. Sometimes we go through things that are hard, and sometimes people say that we can’t make it.
“Sometimes people say we’re too old, too fat, too this and too that, but I’m telling you – when you’ve got a dream, don’t stop. Just keep on going!”
Her talent has caused some great opportunities to come her way, which include being a ambassador for the Children’s Society, being a mentor for youth charity The Diana Award and singing for royalty.
It’s hardly surprising that Lurine is serving others publicly, as she’s a singer with a social conscience. She regularly sings in prisons, mentors young singers, runs vocal classes and gives a helping hand when she can. She explained: “Whether it’s money, my time or information, I can’t help but give. I can’t go down the West End or anywhere and see someone homeless and not give them something. I’m a giver.
“I was brought up that way. I think it’s good to give, share and help others.”
The next few months will be busy ones for Lurine. Expect to see her at a church near you
(or on social media) as she goes on the promotional trail for Chosen To Serve and in the
process share herself to proclaim a message of hope and restoration through her music.
Visit www.lurinecatomusic.com for more info. Chosen To Serve is out now