A Pastor, a leader, a singer/song writer, a husband and a father of two -Stephen Blake has emerged as a bold 21st century voice declaring a message of hope, peace, love and joy. The 2018 recipient of the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for “Nation Building”, Stephen is not only multifaceted but poised to become a generation changer. Some will say music is in his DNA as his father Paul Blake is the former lead singer of “The Blood Fire Posse”. His father converted to Christianity and married his mother Dorrett Blake (Rev.) before starting his journey in church and gospel
music in 1991.
His Father’s transition caused Stephen to grow up in church. He attended Cornwall College before joining his first band at Montego Bay Community College in 2005. He penned and recorded his first song “Far away” with the band and his dad before going on to do work with Danny Brownie. Stephen later fully committed his life to Christ and ministry in 2009. This is when Stephen fell in love with helping the youth of this great nation. He started to preach in the prisons, he led weekly street crusades, feeding programs for children across several parishes and in several poverty stricken communities. This kind of work got Stephen his nod from government and the Prime Minister’s award for Nation Building.
Stephen began to record again in 2011 and he and his sister Tiffany Blake formed the group “Anavah Love Jones” where they completed their 1st album, “God a Me Boss.”
He is an ordained Pastor of Acts of the Holy Spirit Church and is fondly referred to as “The Pastor of the Dancehall.” Through Stephens outreach work he realized that dancehall music was the most powerful tool to reach the youth of his generation and God led him to focus his talent and music ministry on this genre. His Dancehall take on gospel first became popular in the prisons with the young men he mentored while on ministry. The response in the prisons and in the inner city was so overwhelming it birthed the Journey of “The Pastor of the Dancehall.” Stephen’s God given vision has taken him far and wide. He appeared on the popular “Onstage” with Winford Williams and he won Red Stripe’s “Big Buss” competition which led him to the Main stage of Sumfest Dancehall Night on which he has performed a record 3 times.
Stephen’s approach to ministry and nation building has been very unique as his mantra is Luke 15:1 “Win the Lost at any cost.” This has seen him venturing into more unpopular evangelistic territory like night clubs, secular events and communities stricken by gang violence. He has been extremely well received and he has used his music as the tool to bridge the gap with some of the nations most troubled youth.