Mr. Goddy Goddy

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b. Howard Reynolds, 15 November 1970, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Reynolds grew up in the Maverly and Orange Grove region of Kingston where he regularly attended church. At the age of 14 he rebelled…
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b. Howard Reynolds, 15 November 1970, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Reynolds grew up in the Maverly and Orange Grove region of Kingston where he regularly attended church. At the age of 14 he rebelled and began to perform as a dancehall DJ. He was originally identified as Snakeman and recorded his debut, ‘Old People’, with Sly And Robbie. In 1993, he released ‘Mr. Dynamite’, produced by Black Scorpio, and toured the island performing on various sound systems. Reynolds began to feel uncomfortable in an environment where the ragga girls demonstrated their provocative dancing and the demand for risqué or gun-related lyrics was customary. After performing in the dancehall he would return home and watch US television evangelists such as Billy Graham. In 1997, he rejected the dancehall and decided to chant conscientious lyrics in the name of Jesus. DJs such as Papa San, Lieutenant Stitchie and controversially Ninjaman (as Brother Desmond) influenced him.

In April 1999, Reynolds was confirmed in the Cavalier New Testament Church and decided to abandon his career in entertainment. His decision was short-lived and he began writing gospel-inspired lyrics. To his amazement he was encouraged by his pastor to perform his first composition, ‘The Whole Armour’, in church. Inspired by the positive response from the congregation he recorded another of his arrangements, ‘Mr. Goddy Goddy’. The chant proved to be his aphorism and he became known as Mr. Goddy Goddy. He performed at several major gospel events in Jamaica. His popularity resulted in him recruiting his own musicians, the Blessed Band, to support him in his crusade. In 2000, Reynolds met Danny Browne of the Main Street crew. The producer had turned his back on the disreputable DJ style and opted to produce a more cultural message in his music. Reynolds signed with Browne who released the DJ’s self-titled debut.