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Kevin Smith –man on a mission

Published:Saturday | November 21, 2015 | 11:00 AMShanna Kaye Monteith
Kevin Smith
Patrons at last year's Caribbean Gospel Escape, which took place over a three-day period.
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As children, we've always heard the phrase: 'You can be whatever you want to be', and that's why Kevin Smith chose to be not only a gospel artiste, but also a businessman and humanitarian.

The 38-year-old is popular for his dancehall gospel tracks, which include Don't Sell You Soul, Back Weh and These Are.

And though his songs have been receiving much airplay, Smith's love for business encouraged him to flex his entrepreneurial muscles, resulting in his ownership of a few organisations, including On The Shout Records, a record label for which he is a co-director.

Also under his belt is his long-time vision-turned-reality - an evangelistic outreach programme called A Betta Tomorrow.

"It came about from the gospel itself. We serve the Lord, so we can secure a place for us in eternity, which is our tomorrow. We believe that tomorrow will be much better than what we have today - free from all the stresses and struggles of life. But as our soul prepares itself for eternity, we believe that people want better, so we use this outreach to attend to the people's initial needs and then preach to them about the spiritual tomorrow," Smith said, adding that they try to help as many people as possible.

Stemming from the A Betta Tomorrow Outreach is the Caribbean Gospel Escape, a concert which aims to raise funds for the outreach's projects while creating an avenue for families to spend time together.

As its name suggests, the concert features artistes from various Caribbean countries - all coming together to form a spiritual getaway for Christians and 'whosoever will'.

The inaugural staging of Smith's Caribbean Gospel Escape happened last year and took place over a three-day period.

This year's staging is set for November 28 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston.

According to Smith, "It will be held in the form of a fun day and gospel concert. This year will see only Jamaican artiste performing, like Goddy Goddy, Ryan Mark, DJ Nicholas and many others. Proceeds from this event will go towards the medical bills of an elderly man and a woman who are desperately in need of financial assistance."

Smith says that although the outreach has not been able to do as much as they'd like, they have a big vision which they intend to fulfil.

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