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NLBC takes on recording studio project @ HMP

Speaking to Virgin Islands News Online, Pastor at the NLBC Henderson K. Tittle said that the church is taking on the building and furnishing of the studio within the prison as a project and has commenced raising funds for the effort. Photo: VINO/File
Two of the prisoners performing during the NLBC service on September 14, 2014. Photo: Provided
Two of the prisoners performing during the NLBC service on September 14, 2014. Photo: Provided
Prisoners performing at a recent event. Photo: VINO/File
Prisoners performing at a recent event. Photo: VINO/File
DUFF'S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – The New Life Baptist Church (NLBC) is assisting with the furnishing of a recording studio at Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) where inmates with musical calling could record their music and continue to be an inspiration to others.

Speaking to Virgin Islands News Online, Pastor at the NLBC Henderson K. Tittle said that the church is taking on the building and furnishing of the studio within the prison as a project and has commenced raising funds for the effort.

“We have a ministry from the New Life Baptist Church that normally goes to the prison once a month to conduct religious service. On one of the occasions Bishop John I. Cline met with one of the prisoners who was a musician and he expressed a desire of having something to do while he is there,” said Pastor Tittle in an interview with this news site on Saturday September 20, 2014.

“He took the Bishop around and they were able to secure a room and what they are trying to do now is to make the room in a way where it can be used as a recording studio so that these guys while in there could do that,” he said.

“So what Bishop Cline did he took it on as a project from the New Life Baptist Church. The two groups, Correctional Fellowship Ministry (CFM) and Righteous Invaders of Truth, normally go to the prison,” he said.

He said that inmates Ramon George, Sylon Forbes, Courtney ‘Kamal’ Meade and Kenvil Pope were invited to and attended the September 14, 2014 service and performed two original songs, “Love You More and More” and “Hold On” which they had performed earlier at an event called House of Healing.

“We wanted to see exactly what they were doing and what they were into and we would go from there and help raise funds for them. we were able to raise some funds for them this Sunday and we are planning on approaching other churches to have [the prisoners] go in to those churches and explain to them. It is part of the rehabilitation that the prison is doing right now,” said Minister Tittle.

Asked when is it that the studio will be complete, Tittle said that work was progressing and just a few more touches are needed for its completion. “The room is there already, they have some instruments in it already. They just need to pad it…to put in the sponge to keep the sound in, and they need a few more pieces of equipment,” he said.

“This money goes straight into helping with the studio,” he said.

Tittle said that the prison officials are happy for the initiative of the Church. “I think they were very receptive to us. NBLC has been supportive in many areas when it comes to helping with the prison,” he said.

He said too that following the church service on Sunday the prisoners were treated to lunch at the Save the Seed Energy Centre, demonstrating that the arms of the church were open.

12 Responses to “NLBC takes on recording studio project @ HMP”

  • Hmmm (21/09/2014, 10:36) Like (16) Dislike (6) Reply
    Wlile I understand the aim here, I think its a bad idea.....first thing is that if they wanted smg to do ,they wont be where they are...second thing is that if u build the prison to hav a feel jus as good as the outside world ,then whats goin to make them think twice about committing crimes...theyre jus goin to say they dont mind goin jail cause its jus like the outer world.....u ppl co
    tinue to do these things in a PRISON and expect different results on the outside....Now ppl dont get me wrong, I dont mean to cut them off period and treat them like animals but when ur in jail u should be in jail....
    • where to go for opportunities (21/09/2014, 10:54) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
      I was thinking its a bad idea also, more in terms that on the outside musicians have to pay for this opportunity, so who is to say that these young 'rappers' won't see it as an invitation to commit crimes to go to jail and get recorded, after all you need some kind a rep to be taken serious in the rap world. Unless of course only Jesus songs are allowed.
    • Just saying.... (21/09/2014, 17:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      This ramifications of this issue is way too important to be left up to political Activists, and academic extremists.
    • @hmmm (22/09/2014, 13:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Trust me...I think they need to start sentencing these ppl to go to work in some of these business offices cause these employers doing a better job of creating a prison than the prison officers themselves

      strict reporting time, cameras recording your goings and comings, entry only by key card or buzz in, press buttons to get out, hi tech security alarm systems and of course dont forget your ONE hour for fresh air/lunch
  • hmm/hmm (21/09/2014, 11:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    do you understand prison is for every one this is not just for today not who and wrath this is life after
    • xxxxxxxx (21/09/2014, 17:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Are you offering the same advice to yourself???..let me know when .......i will be listening/watching...
  • No! (21/09/2014, 17:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    where else do you see this ish happening? It is very contradictory!!! No, I say!
  • Hmmmmm (21/09/2014, 18:11) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Is this the same NLBC that was just a few weeks ago saying that they needed help to finance the Save the Seed Centre and were waiting on a check from Government?
  • george family (21/09/2014, 18:57) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    were proud of u ramon
  • life good (28/09/2014, 19:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    You all ppl is sum real haters yes don't get me wrong once you in jail you in jail but its a part of the rehabilitation program . what is so wrong in playing music Jah cure wasn't in jail and burst a hit tune with the song reflection and where Jah cure is today out ah jail licking hit tune after hit tune. All I am saying ppl change. I personally think the church is doing a great job by donating towards the studio

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