By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features Reporter
Singing in the church choir at a young age had such an impact on Yasmin Hanna’s childhood that she is finally making the jump into the music industry as a gospel artist.
She is hoping that her debut single “Rain” will remind listeners that God is still a miracle worker, provider, protector and deliverer.
“I hope that listeners will seek after God and bask in His presence like never before. I pray that it would usher them into worship as they give God all the honour, glory and praise for all that He has done in their lives,” the singer told Tribune Religion.
For her, “Rain” is not only a song, it is a prayer to God that He will rain on the field of her heart. She said it is a cry to God for His glory, to see signs and wonders.
Without God, Yasmin said, she is nothing, and every day she wants more of Him. The new song, she said, is a fitting way to describe the love, reverence and admiration she has for God.
She said “Rain” is her introduction to the gospel music industry and she is grateful to God that she was able to create this amazing composition along with her producer.
“I am a worshiper and love basking in God’s presence. I have a sound that is similar to artists like Kim Walker and Kari Jobe. My sound is pure with a soulful tone. I have learned to accept and love my style and that I am unique,” the singer said.
Growing up, Yasmin took piano lessons, which helped her appreciate reading music and musical arrangements. She has always been a lover of music and the arts, being a liturgical and contemporary dancer as well.
“Interestingly enough, I didn’t always believe in my singing gift. It was the enemy’s plan to make me hide my gift, but I promised God that I would use every gift that He has given me for His Glory, even if it meant stepping out of my comfort zone,” said Yasmin.
A “Rain” music video and an album release is also in the works for release this summer. The singer said she is very excited about the song ideas and concepts that God has been pouring into her spirit and cannot wait to share them with the world. The music video will be ground-breaking and unique, Yasmin promised. She said she wants to visually capture what comes to listeners’ minds when hearing the words of the song.
When it comes to the Bahamian gospel musicians currently on the scene, Yasmin said she adores them all. Variety is the spice of life, she said, and this is perfectly represented in the local gospel community.
“Almost every form of the gospel is being expressed now, from gospel rap to spoken word. It is so amazing to see the features that Bahamian gospel artists are accomplishing, and I am so proud to be a part of this budding and striving artist community,” she said.
If the opportunity presents itself, she would love working with artists like Alethia Sweeting, because she loves her style of worship and they also have a similar sound.
When it comes to international artists, she admires singers like Kim Walker and Jesus Culture, along with Darlene Zschech and Hillsong. “I would love the opportunity to work with these artists who have had monumental and prolific careers in the gospel industry,” she said.
Yasmin’s single will be available on digital platforms on May 3 and can be found on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, CD Baby and Rhapsody. She will also be organising a local tour and gearing up for an international tour in the future. Fans can follow her on facebook.com/yasminhanna242 to find out more.
“I have been chosen by the Shipp Family Ministries in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism to minister at their Spiritual Warfare Conference this coming October. I will be sharing the platform with people like Paula White and the cast of ‘The War Room’ for the entire week. I would like to thank Pastor Arnie Shipp from South Carolina for this amazing opportunity,” said Yasmin.