Pastor uses words and music to motivate others

Raglan Isaacs from Lentegeur with his CD, Story of my Life, speaks about his book and album.

After 20 years of being in the music industry, Raglan Isaacs from Lentegeur will be releasing his own album and book, which aims to encourage people to live a positive and abundant life.

His book, titled Life is for Living and the CD, Story of my Life, will be released on Sunday October 2 at the Pentecostal Protestant Church in New Woodlands.

The CD has 10 songs and features A More Excellent Way (AMEW) Gospel Project.

Mr Isaacs wrote and produced the album with the assistance of 19-year-old Brynne Bailey.

“I have been recording this album for two years and now I am very excited about the release. It was great working with AMEW Gospel Project, co-producer Brynne and talented artists,” he said.

Mr Isaacs has always had a passion for music and has been assisting artists new to the industry.

“I have been very instrumental in training musicians and gave vocal lessons in the 1990s to some Mitchell’s Plain vocalists who are professional artists today.

“One day I decided to do my own album and book, after so many years.

“Stepping into the studio was different – I had a ball of emotions, but it felt good. It is definitely something people will enjoy,” he said.

Mr Isaacs said the album is a fusion of different music styles, for all ages.

“The album is entertaining and inspirational; it tells a story of my life, and the obstacles that has come my way,” he said.

Mr Isaacs said the book encourages people to believe in themselves, and to live an abundant life according to the Bible.

“My vantage point is that life is a person, Christ Jesus.

“The book gives people tools and examples to use for their daily life.

“I use examples from His life and from my own experiences to build the spirit of the reader,” he said.

Mr Isaacs is not only a music lover, but also a pastor at Present Word Ministries in Lentegeur and a businessman.

“Throughout my life I have been mentoring and training people through my skills programme for my funeral and insurance business, and spreading the word in the community and I often notice that people are unhappy about their circumstances – they are angry about the past, they feel like they have gotten a raw deal.

“Yes we have socio-economic issues in our communities, but I feel that you don’t have to be conditioned to the area you come from.

“We need to take control of our lives, and live it,” he said.