Policeman sings gospel for change
Police Constable Nickino Mullings says that he is a man on a mission: to change persons through gospel music.
The career policeman, who goes by the stage name Officer Mullings, so far, has recorded several songs such as Hallelujah Amen, Have mercy on me Lord, and O What A Change.
He told The Gleaner that he is using the art form to contribute positively and to bring persons closer to a wholesome lifestyle.
"My songs are set to make persons be aware that the police can be an agent of change. My aim is to continue my contribution through positive and Godly music," Mullings said.
The Old Harbour High School past student, who is attached to the St Catherine North police division, says that he is inspired to serve.
"I realised that gospel music is a powerful tool, and I have touched many persons through this approach. I am no stranger to music... . I started out on the school choir and now that early exposure has helped me tremendously," Mullings said.
He tells The Gleaner that in his daily interaction with the public, he realises that music can be an effective change agent to help take persons to more sociable behaviour.
"The songs on the album are written and produced by me and are inspired by real issues that occur daily," Mullings said.
The policeman, who hails from the rural community of Church Pen near Old Harbour in St Catherine, says that music is a great way to communicate.
"I have seen very hard times, and I'm aware of how negative energy can destroy the youth. Therefore, I see gospel as the way forward ... . God can change the vilest person," says the devout Christian who recently performed at Pink Sabbath Gospel Concert at the Ewarton Community Centre in St Catherine.