Wayneche Watson -- Trusting the timing of God
Watching her parents and family members minister in song at church services, a talented singer watched on the sidelines with hope that she could one day be brave enough to overcome her insecurities and sing in the presence of others.
Today, Wayneche Watson has not only allowed the Lord to use her to bless persons in her surroundings but right across the world.
"I would always look in amazement when my cousin Desirae Simons, Cammy Burrows, Tracey Richardson, Grace Landy, and Antonia Simons, just to name a few, sang leads in the choir. Something inside of me longed to be in their shoes, to sing my heart out without a care in the world but I was too shy and knew it wasn't an option. It is funny how the devil has ways of holding us back," she said.
"Music has been a part of my life from as long as I can remember. I have pictures of my father and I playing around on his stereo set singing together before I could even talk. My mom used to sing to me as a child and I always loved watching my parents' involvement when it came to music in the church. Growing up, my favourite part of the Sabbath was attending inspirational choir practice with my mother. I would sing along on the sidelines as loud as I could and it would make me the happiest girl in the world."
Watson, who is originally from Bermuda, joined a girls group called Anointed while in high school, with the hope that she could enjoy her passion of singing without being noticed, but that was not her director's plan.
"We were under the direction of the talented Erica Ware and were fortunate to sing all over Bermuda, even opening up for various guest gospel artistes. Being in Anointed forced me to get out of my comfort zone, I was given solos, especially the high ones and was beyond scared every time we had to sing. Now, I can look back and smile because I knew that God was preparing me for where I am today."
THE ESTHER VOW
Having been re-baptised in 2009, the 23-year-old knew some things had to change; she had to fulfill her calling.
"In 2012 I did something that changed my life - 'The Esther Vow'. The Esther Vow is a spiritual journey that lasted for the duration of a year. It was an idea my friend, Felicia, had and I did not hesitate. The Esther vow was designed to mirror the cleansing process Esther went through before meeting with the king. Felicia and I did a self-evaluation and realised we were holding on to things that held us back from reaching a whole new level with God.
One of the things I decided to work on during the Esther Vow was my willingness to be used by God. Because of my lack of confidence in myself and my voice I frequently said no when persons would ask me to sing."
Within just two months of doing the vow she was offered the opportunity to be a part of a gospel group Adiel Thomas and Ministry, to which she said yes.
"I instantly knew it was only the work of God that made this opportunity possible so I took a backseat and enjoyed the ride. I would love to say it was as easy as one, two, three, but honestly, it wasn't. Doing the Esther Vow wasn't just about singing for me but it called me to excel in every area of my life. Being on that vow truly allowed me to see that if God brings me to it he will bring me through it."
Before leaving Bermuda to attend boarding school at Pine Forge Academy, Watson sang with the SDA Inspiration Choir behind Donald McClurkin and was privileged to meet Donald Lawrence, Kirk Franklin, Smokie Norful, and others through the choir. While in the Pine Forge Academy choir, she travelled to various states and cities in the United States, backing Yolanda Adams. Since being a part of Adiel Thomas and Ministry she has sung in Jamaica, Atlanta, Bermuda, New York, and Florida.
"Whether I'm singing an Adiel original or an original of my own the response has always been a blessing. Many persons thank me after concerts for being open to sharing my testimony and simply being myself. When people say they are blessed all I can tell them 'is to God be the glory' because I know it was through his work that they were blessed and moved. Knowing the people are moved and changed through my willingness and ministry is perfect motivation to keep getting out others"