Sherwin Gardner's "Greater" album is climbing up the Billboard charts like a tropical storm from the south! Are you ready?
Composer, music producer and multiple-award winner Sherwin Gardner is a truly inspiring vessel for the Kingdom who has been spreading the gospel around the globe for a quarter of a century.
When the Caribbean gospel powerhouse, Sherwin Gardner came to me, he was looking for a dynamic live album that retained each song's unique energy from each live performance and yet the energy must translate well in a album worthy format for his global audience. I found out very quickly why he is one of the hardest working international gospel artist, I can literally feel the passion for worship on every song. As a fan, I seriously couldn't say no...and dived straight in. I soon realized that these live recordings varied greatly, however, i'm grateful for the challenge because his audience loves the result.
As an artist, he has shared the stage with many of today’s gospel greats including Deitrick Haddon, Israel Houghton, Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Donnie McClurkin, Papa San, Stitchie, DA T.R.U.T..H, BeBe and CeCe Winans and Lecrae. As a producer, he has stamped his mark on an impressive list of artists including Vanessa Briggs, Sean Simmonds, Jason Mighty, Monte G, Jonathan Nelson, Keron Ramsey, J Prince and DA T.R.U.T.H.
Sherwin wants listeners to know the limitless power of the Lord, and that, despite their background, class or economic status, God can and will use anyone who desires to spread the Gospel. What God is doing for this young singer’s career is nothing compared to how he moved during Sherwin’s birth. The middle of seven siblings, Sherwin’s arrival into the world was nothing short of a miracle. His mother had fallen ill and doctors feared she had cancer. Thankfully, the tests were negative, but it was discovered that Mrs. Gardner was 20 weeks into a pregnancy of which she was unaware. She was advised to abort the fetus for fear that it would either jeopardize her life or bear a deformed child.
Despite several warnings from doctors, she refused to abort and Sherwin was born healthy and whole. By the time Sherwin was five-years-old, he was singing and had taught himself the lyrics to Michael Jackson’s “We Are the World”. From there, his uncle, Kennedy Patterson, began to prepare him for the stage. Sherwin made his public concert debut at the Himalaya Club singing the church classic “He Touched Me”. That experience proved to be the launching pad for a music career that continues to hit new highs with every project Sherwin undertakes. He began touring at sixteen, and has since visited most of the Caribbean Islands. At seventeen, Sherwin produced and released his first album entitled “Power in the Name”. There followed “100% Sold Out”, “I Rather Jesus”, and a compilation, “One Step Closer to Zion”, featuring artists produced by Sherwin as a joint project with fellow gospel artist Monty G of the Bahamas. The turning point was Sherwin’s 2002 release “Leaning” (Lion of Zion), which catapaulted him into the international limelight on both gospel and mainstream charts.
He was also awarded Most Impacting Artist at the 2002 Barbados Flame Gospel Awards. The following year he established his own label, Flow Masters Records, building an exciting roster of Trinidadian talent. Sherwin’s second international release, “Closer”, produced the No. 1 radio single “He Died For Me” (Hamalhamadla), which spent a staggering 21 weeks at the top spot on numerous Caribbean radio charts. That song also earned him 2004’s Gospel Songwriter of the Year by the Copyright Organization of Trinidad & Tobago (COTT), the Island’s most recognized music industry body. Sherwin made a huge impact at the 2004 Marlin Awards, the Caribbean’s official Gospel industry association. With a record-breaking 22 nominations, he eventually won five awards including: Ethnic Recording of the Year, Foreign Language Recording of the Year, Engineered Recording of the Year, Calypso/Soca Recording of the Year and Reggae Vocals of the Year, which also marked the first time a non-Jamaican had ever won this category.