Sunday 27 September, 2020

Mikey delivers a novel 'Peace'

Mikey (FILE)

Mikey (FILE)

As the latter part of an unpredictable year unfolds, Barbadian soca artiste Michael ‘Mikey’ Mercer remains undeterred.

This time his musical offering is an inspirational novelty.

While his earlier 2020 releases “Independent Girl” and “Getting Good” have activated waistlines, this time the Reigning Soca Monarch’s music will cause a ‘stirring’ of a different kind.

The newest release from the entertainer not only showcases his versatility as an artiste but it once again underscores the importance of the creative industry as the island continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19

 In the middle of a pandemic that has altered the lives and livelihoods of many, causing financial, emotional, mental and even spiritual distress, Mercer hopes to help others find some “Peace”.

The track, although not novel in lyrics, is exceptionally ingenious in its delivery.

“Peace”, a remake of the well-known “Jehovah Knows”, is a collaboration with the talented Pastor John Yarde. The harmony of Mercer’s and Yarde’s vocals transforms the timeless track, giving it an ethereal feel. The accompanying instrumentals complement their vocals and as it plays, the peace it offers seems almost palpable. 

In sharing with Loop News, Mercer gave some insight into what prompted the birth of the track.

He said: “As we navigate trying times, the one thing we all long for is a sense of tranquillity. That has been one of the main things I’ve yearned for through it all- a sense of peace- trusting that eventually, everything will be ok. In the midst of the craziness, I was reminded of this song by a friend and it immediately took me to a place that brought a calming sense of comfort.

This song has been one of my favourites, and its resurgence seemed nothing but a timely, divine reminder. With a sense of urgency, I felt compelled to record my own version.”

In releasing the track on Sunday, September 13, Mercer credited all those who assisted with the project. Producer Chris Allman of Slam City studios, Yomi, Vocaldini and Anthony Lowhar were also acknowledged for their roles in making it a reality.  The promotional posters were done by Danny Reid, while AKM studio produced the accompanying video.

Mercer hoped that the track would spread some much-needed positivity in these times of uncertainty. He wanted to remind listeners that “God reigns even in the midst of chaos" with his newly released single. 

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