Born and raised in the community of Catadupa, St James, Jamaica. Steve Watkins is a devoted husband and a father of two sons. A talented Christian warrior Steve attends the Askenish Christian Fellowship Church, where he currently serves as Deacon and Youth President. He has a passion to see souls saved for the kingdom of God.
Steve Watkins has always had a passion for music and a love for singing. At the age of 8, the young Steve Watkins sang “I Believe The Children” at a graduation. And his desire for music came to fruition at the age of 25.
In 2013 Steve won the “Talents of Palladium” competition similar to TVJ’s, Digicel’s “Rising Stars” which was hosted at the Grand Palladium Hotel. He was also given a trophy for ‘Most Disciplined’ contestant.
In 2014 Steve won the “Big Stage” competition hosted by the Jamaica Cultural Development Company, JCDC. He was given a trophy for “Best Singing” talent. Steve also entered the “Tastee Talent” Competition and was one of the top 10 finalists.
Steve Watkins has shared the stage with gospel artists locally, such as Kevin Downswell, DJ Nicholas, Jabez, Joan Flemming, Ryan Mark, Jason Mighty, and Darren Grant. International gospel artists, Second Chance, Bridget Blucher, Evangelist Gobourne, Sharon Wiles amongst many others.
Steve Watkins has released two albums entitled, “It’s all about Jesus” and “Keep me Lord”.
He continues to sing professionally for special occasions, concerts, and other events. He now resides in the community of Askenish, Hanover.
Steve Watkins is known as an encourager, exhorter, and a motivator. And to the community, he is a role model for all ages.
Interview with Steve Watkins
RG360: At 25yrs old you began to take your passion for singing seriously, was there a significant event or experience that influenced your decision.
SW: “There was a time in my life when I had backslidden, and after I returned, everywhere I sang, people were giving their lives to the lord. So I decided I needed to fix up my life because people were fixing their lives from what I was doing. I also began to receive requests to sing at events, so I decided to take up singing professionally.”
RG360: “Jesus Calling”, “Gospel Medley”, and “The Bible” are very popular on the radio airwaves, what was the inspiration behind these three songs.
SW: “Jesus Calling” was written for a competition called “Talents Of Palladium” at the hotel where I work. We were asked to do a gospel song, so I decided to write a gospel version of “The rain is falling”, I love this song and it is by one of my favourite artist ‘Romain Virgo’.
” ‘The Gospel’ came about because I wanted to do a music video, to promote my first album ‘Its all about Jesus’.”
” ‘The Bible’ was written to encourage people to read the Bible, to find out what God says about what they are doing, knowing what to do and what not to do.”
RG360: Would you describe yourself as a Gospel Reggae Artist – defined as one who represents Gospel Reggae to spread the gospel.
SW: I wouldn’t describe myself as a Gospel Reggae artist, because of my versatility to sing on all genres of Gospel music. I also Deejay as well as sing which may be a surprise to many, who know me for singing.
Steve Watkins will be singing live at ‘Revive 3’, Bristol Gospel Extravaganza on the 10th August 2019 in the UK, check out revivebristol.co.uk for tickets.