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2016-09-20 06:00
Raglan Isaacs has released his first album at the age of 47 and will host a CD and book launch in October.  PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Raglan Isaacs has released his first album at the age of 47 and will host a CD and book launch in October. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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It took him several years, but the right time and the culmination of a lifetime of love for music has resulted in a Gospel Album set to inspire residents of Mitchell’s Plain.

At 47, Raglan Isaacs from Lentegeur is on his way to release his first albulm and self penned book.

His albulm draws inspiration from years of writing and is a gospel albulm aimed at inspiring residents of Mitchell’s Plain through positivity.

“We started a community inerfaith choir in 1995 and they were called the Restitutional Community Choir,” says Isaacs.

He also spent many years tutoring and offering voice training to aspiring artists from the area. His career as a gospel artist did not start with his first albulm, Isaacs says.

“Its a culmination of many years of experience,” he says.

“I grew up in Mitchell’s Plain and in the church and my parents were [also involved in] the church so that was my life.”

Isaacs has been living in Mitchell’s Plain for more than 30 years.

His love for the genre also stems from the inspirational message and power it has.

The albulm is called Story of my life, and is an autobiography.

“The albulm is about me growing up in Mitchell’s Plain and is a message of hope. It tells residents ‘you can make it’. Its basically the story of my life and making it in music,” says Isaacs.

He says he was not able to dedicate all of his time to the craft.

“I was pouring a lot of time into others and now I can do it for myself,” he says.

He says working did not afford him the opportunity to invest in his music. He adds some of his vocal training pupils went on to become artisits and are sucessfully producing music.

After starting his own business, Isaacs decided to put some of his work out there for the world to hear.

He started working with 19-year-old Brynne Bailey who co-produced some of the tracks on the albulm.

Isaacs says the bulk of the featured artists are from Mitchell’s Plain.

“Mitchell’s Plain is my base and I feel we need to do something to get the mindset of residents’ right,” says Isaacs.

He and Bailey have been working on the albulm for 2 years and the launch of the CD is set for Sunday 2 October.

The CD features 10 tracks written by Isaacs.

He says the lyrics gives hope to the listener and the music is an ensamble of different styles offering diversity and something for everyone.

Isaacs also made use of backing vocals fromt the AMEW Gospel Project.

The event on Sunday will also launch a book that Isaacs wrote.

The book is titled Life is for Living, andseeks to inspire change.

“I want people to see that you can be happy no matter where you live,” says Isaacs.

Isaacs has been writing for a number of years but did not see to publish any of his work.

Two years ago that changed and he felt it was the right time to put the albulm and book together.

“The book is centred around Jesus and I make use of everyday examples to show experiences and encourage abundant living,” says Isaacs.

His advice to aspiring authors and artisits is to persue careers beyond music.

“Get an education and do music parttime. The music industry is very volitile. Find your feet first because only one in every 1000 artisits make it. Still persue it and see how it goes then take it from there,” he says.

V The launch will be held at the PPk Lenteguer and starts at 17:00. A R150 combo deal gets you entry, the book and the CD. Email Isaacs on

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