Album review
Real Power
Lion Of Zion Entertainment
07 - 11 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Thank You For Today
  2. Solid Rock
  3. Shopping
  4. Give I Strength
  5. War
  6. Problems Never Get Me Down
  7. U Give Me Love
  8. Call Pon Him
  9. Angels Protect Us
  10. Cup Of Life
  11. My Rock
  12. I'll Wait On You
  13. Do Them No More
  14. Softly & Tenderly
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

Cleve Laing aka Stitchie - formerly Lieutenant Stitchie - was raised in Spanish Town Jamaica and has been recording dancehall reggae music since 1983. Initially a high school teacher by profession, in 1987 he chose to pursue a full-time career in music. In 1988 he made history by becoming the first dancehall reggae artist signed to a major US record label, Atlantic Records. He recorded three albums for Atlantic Records and one for Shanachie. This renowned dancehall reggae artist has sustained momentum throughout his career with a dynamic stage show, heavy touring, and hit singles. Although he was a secular artist for well over a decade, his lyrics were always positive and uplifting as he continued his search for spiritual truth in the world. In 1995 Stitchie began thinking seriously about the eternal when he was devastated by the death of his mother. On August 7, 1997 on his way to perform at Reggae Sumfest, the world's largest reggae festival, a tragic auto accident nearly took his life. That life changing event made Stitchie think seriously about his mortality and where he would spend eternity. Although beaten up in the crash, he managed to perform that night. However, it also transformed his life completely as Stitchie was discipled, attended Bible college, and begun writing and performing only new and decidedly Christian material.
The "new" Stitchie can be captured on "Real Power", his first gospel reggae album, which happens to be an enhanced CD containing two translations of the Bible (NKJV & God's Word) in both English and Spanish, a photo album, video footage, song lyrics linked to their Bible references, artist bio, and a prayer and study organizer. The musical part features 14 tracks, all well crafted and self-produced sophisticated tunes showcasing Stitchie's deejay skills as well as his singing abilities. Although some tunes are delivered in a style reminiscent of the efforts that established his name among the reggae dancehall massive, Stitchie's vocal and lyrical delivery have definitely changed. No computerized riddims, but real "live" musicians mainly providing a smooth kind of reggae, with occasionally a dancehall oriented sound as well as a touch of jazz. All in all a very accessable and more polished sound, which obviously aims at a wide audience in order to spread the message of the Christian faith.

Teacher & Mr. T.