Gospel Spotlight: Oshane Mais starts solo gospel career
Becoming a solo gospel recording artiste is not necessarily a new idea for Oshane Mais, but it is definitely one of the biggest transitions he will make in his career as a singer. Mais was part of popular gospel band URIM 7 and has been a member of Radical Weapons since 2009.
"Going solo definitely shows growth in my career as a gospel artiste, more so for the purpose ministry," Mais told The WEEKEND STAR.
"Being a part of a band is fulfilling, but I have always yearned to do my own thing, and with the legal side of the business, such as preparing contracts, I would not have been given the opportunity to do so," he continued.
Today, Mais will finally release a debut single, titled Forever, which he describes as a declaration of independence and a never-ending relationship, love and life of worship. It has been a long time coming, as producer Jay-Vis McIntosh of Pioneer Music recorded Forever in July 2017.
The 23-year-old singer had considered using the JCDC's Gospel Song Competition as a platform to launch his career in the past, but eventually decided it was not the right time or direction.
"I feel as though my sound is not 'cultural'; a lot of the persons selected over the years have presented a traditional gospel sound," he said.
He said that he is part of the new generation of gospel singers on the rise, "with a voice that stands out and lyrical contents that focuses on an expression of adoration for God through music.
"I always wanted to sing. I wasn't sure if I would have been a minister, but eventually, when I realised the call and gift, I decided to take it," he added.
Although Mais' day-to-day role as a labour market specialist at the Heart Trust/NTA takes up most of his time, he has managed to create a schedule to do studio time.
"Recording could take me up to midnight, but I am still able to wake up and get to work in the morning on time," he said.
Church is also a big part of his life, and you can always find him at the Jamaica Council Church of God Seventh-day, where he is part of the praise and worship team.