From the tiny village of John Dial a new star has emerged in the music world in the person of Joel 'Positive' Murray; the positive vibes keep coming from the mind of this gifted young gospel artiste.
This tall talented youth has developed the unique 'one-drop' reggae singing style and is rapidly moving up the charts of the Gospel Hits in the Caribbean and beyond.
To date he has performed in the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Costa Rica, St Vincent, Jamaica, United States and at several venues throughout Trinidad & Tobago.
He is blessed with talent not only in singing but has composed over fifty songs to date.
At the age of 19 he had his first recording entitled 'Trust in Jesus' which was a Single track. It rose to the #2 position on the Charts on Gospel Radio 98.1 FM and had good airplay on Radio Tambrin.
One year later in 2007 he grew in wisdom and stature and launched an album consisting of 14 tunes, thirteen of which he wrote including the signature tune 'Never let go' which became a mega-hit. He expects to release another Album in the next few months; it is significant to note that he also arranges his music.
His early schooling was at the Hope Anglican School and he had his secondary education at Bishops High School where he obtained seven O Levels and three A Levels in General Paper, Mathematics and Information Technology.
He then pursued a BSc. programme in Computing and Information Technology from the School of Business and Computer Science.
He grew up in a Christian home; his father was a Minister of Religion and his mother a teacher at the Smithfield Pentecostal Pre-school. His singing career began at church and he said: "I was just excited to do something for the Kingdom of God, my excitement outweighed my nervousness."
He always loved the Reggae Genre of Music which he claimed to have been influenced by his uncle who had a large collection of reggae music by artistes like Pablo with the infectious beat.
"Around 2003 I began to get the inspiration and I started to write songs; the one-drop scale… I love that experience and I really thought that I could have done something," says Joel.
He remembers the gospel music by singers like Stitchie and Papasan that filled the home and created the environment for the growth and development of his musical consciousness. He treasures the legacy that his Mom left for him and he has not strayed from the straight and narrow road but continues to live the life that he espouses in song.
He said: "It wouldn't make sense doing this music if God wasn't being glorified."
He was one of the featured artistes on the Vashawn Mitchell and Israel Houghton Concerts staged in Tobago in 2011 and earlier this year.
He is guided by the verse of Scripture which reads: "In all your ways acknowledge God and he will direct your paths."
Joel recognises that he has a Gift given to him by the Creator and he wants to be unique and not a carbon copy of anyone else.