Singer Richie Stephens Goes Gospel

Singer Richie Stephens is presented with a Congressional Achievement Award by Veronica Beckford, District Office Administrator, on behalf of Congressman Gregory Meeks, at Ruder Finn, a publicity firm in New York, where he launched his contemporary gospel album entitled "God Is On My Side" on Thursday, June 14, 2012. Joining the presentation are V.I.Ps from Irie Jam Media Group (l-r) Dubmaster Chris, Anthony Turner and Irwine Clare. (Roland Hyde Photo)

Singer Richie Stephens is presented with a Congressional Achievement Award by Veronica Beckford, District Office Administrator, on behalf of Congressman Gregory Meeks, at Ruder Finn, a publicity firm in New York, where he launched his contemporary gospel album entitled "God Is On My Side" on Thursday, June 14, 2012. Joining the presentation are V.I.Ps from Irie Jam Media Group (l-r) Dubmaster Chris, Anthony Turner and Irwine Clare. (Roland Hyde Photo)
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 22, 2012: Jamaican-born reggae crooner, Richie Stephens, is now lending his voice to God.

The singer recently launched his contemporary gospel album entitled “God Is On My Side” on Thursday, June 14 at the NY office of Finn & Partners.
Joining the presentation were the Irie Jam Media Group team, including Dubmaster Chris, Anthony Turner and Irwine Clare. Veronica Beckford, District Office Administrator of Congressman Gregory Meek’s office, presented Stephens with a Congressional Achievement Award on behalf of the congressman.

Singer Richie Stephens presents a framed copy of his contemporary gospel album entitled "God Is On My Side" to Dubmaster Chris in New York, at the launch party for the new album on Thursday, June 14, 2012. Looking on are Irie Jam Media Group officials (l-r) Bobby Clarke (CEO), Anthony Turner (Media Guru), Louis Grant (VP), and DJ Oxtail of Road International. (Roland Hyde photo)
Stephens for his part presents a framed copy of his album to Dubmaster Chris as well as Gail Moaney, a Finn & Partners executive.

Among others from the music industry present at the launch were reggae icons Robert Brownie, Courtney Panton, Derrick Barnett and Ed Robinson.

Born Richard Frederick Freeman Stephenson, III, in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, Jamaica, Stephens was a part of the twice Grammy Award winning act Soul II Soul, and had recorded at Motown, besides producing records on the VP label and establishing his own label, Pot of Gold Records.

Later that decade he published dancehall singles such as “Winner,” “Bus the Place” and “Slop Dem.” His tracks, “Legacy” (Mad Cobra featuring Richie Stevens, 1993), and “Come Give Me Your Love” (Richie Stephens featuring General Degree, 1997), peaked at #64 and #61 respectively in the UK Singles Chart.

In 1998, Stephens’ album, Winner, was released on Greensleeves, produced by himself, Frenchie, Danny Brownie and Donovan Germain. Since then, Stephens has focused his music on Christian related themes.

In 2006, Stephens was rewarded the Jamaican Governor-General’s Achievement Award for contributing to civic, social and recreational projects in and around the parish of Westmoreland.