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There are people in this world whose heart needs
a message; a message they won’t
find or hear in the traditional church.
They are not church goers but they
long to hear the sovereign words of
God and partake in his salvation.
They are unique individuals in
society who free themselves from
titles and instead march to the beat of
a different drum while listening to
the lyrics of untraditional songs,
redemption songs; songs born from
the inspiration of The Righteous Rockers
Movement.
Wayne Stoddart was born during the seventies in
the capital city of Kingston Jamaica. He grew up
amidst a time when violence, classism, political
conflict and a turbulent financial economy was
the norm. Wayne is one of four siblings; but
only one brother Steve Stoddart, a year older
than he, shared his interest in music. The duo,
singing from a young age, gravitated to music
where they found solace, instead of being drawn
into street behavior from their outside
environment. Wayne grounded himself in a local
church assembly, the Mountain View New
Testament Church of God, where he later
became their musical director. As fate would
have it, this was the beginning of Wayne’s
artistic introduction to the world.
Stoddart was still a youngster when his mother
moved him from Kingston to live with his dad
and step-mom in the hills of Trelawny, Jamaica.
This was where the seed of his cultural roots
were planted. Away from the city, he was in his
native country element which allowed him to
fully embrace the indigenous history of reggae
culture. Wayne examined roots men,
Rastafarians, aboriginals and common folks
alike who listened to reggae music, some
consciously and unconsciously. Some just
listened because they vibe to the intriguing

rhythm that reggae invites not being fully aware
of the lyrical impact of what they are
partaking. Wayne wanted to however
spread the message of truth and affirm
that the scriptures aligned to Jesus
Christ.
Stoddart came to the profound
realization, however, that these
“listeners” of reggae music embraced
indoctrinated messages imparted to
them through synergistic rhythms and
amplified beats. He immediately knew his
calling and that reggae music was the vehicle he
was going to use to transmit the message of the
cross through Jesus Christ. “Music is just the
vehicle,” [to win souls] states Stoddart, whose
priority in music ministry is to “take back what
has been captured by the enemy.”
Uncovering new meaning to the music, a
reformed Wayne now had a new image of how
he wanted his music to sound. This was the
platform to the birth of the Righteous Rockers
Movement, though at the time, Stoddart had not
yet begun to conceptualize the journey for which
he was about to embark.
Stoddart continued on the music path and while
attending William Knibb High School, passed
the practical and theoretical exam at the Royal
School of Music (RSM). An early realization
that poverty was real all around gave him an
appreciation for education as was often enforced
by his father, who provided for their household
on a bus driver’s income. With not much
selection of after-school activities, Stoddart
engrossed himself with musical instruments,
seeking every opportunity to perfect his craft,
even teaching himself how to play piano and
bass guitar. He developed his taste for music,
secular and sacred, from dabbling with dub
plates and testing his lyrical creativity to mirror
radio influences like Dennis Brown, Ray

Wayne Stoddart, FL, 2017

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Evolution to Revolution: The Life of Wayne Stoddart
Charles, Al Green, Sam Cooke and the Wailers
who he affectionately listened to at the time.
At 19, Stoddart moved back to Eastern
Kingston. He attended Excelsior College and
served as the musical director for Mountain
View New Testament Church which yielded the
singing group Dynamis, formed by members of
the congregation. Wayne self-produced his first
album titled, “Fulfillment of the Bible” and
under his direction, Dynamis was nominated
“Best Performing Gospel Band” in March of
1996 by the Jamaica Music Awards.
Wayne continued to fine tune his melodies
delivering single hits like “Fulfillment of the
Bible” and “Sheltered in The Arms of God.” In
2002, he released his debut solo album entitled
“Committed,” which promptly received
recognition when the album was nominated for
“Best New Gospel Reggae Album” by the New
York Caribbean Gospel Awards (NYCGA) and
subsequently won the award for “Most
Distinguished Male Vocals.” The same album
was nominated “Best Male Gospel Reggae
Album” the following year in 2003 by the
Marlin Gospel Awards. Stoddart released his
sophomore album, “Love Convictions” in 2008,
a compilation of inspirational reggae lyrics that
firstly, “addresses the issues of misplaced
priorities plaguing humanity” and secondly
compelling listeners to believe in the greatest
command; to love God and each other. The
album captured three awards at the NYCGA
Awards, establishing Stoddart as a conscious
reggae phenomenon that had yet to leave his
handprint on the world.
In 2009, Wayne formed the Righteous Rockers
Movement, a group devoted to uplifting souls
with the message of Christ’s love expressed
through authentic, soul stirring reggae music.
Though traditionally, reggae has not been
embraced within churches as sacred music. “All
music is from God,” says Stoddart, “because

God created all things.” “It’s all about freeing
the soul from the spiritual and mental
enslavement of the enemy,” states Stoddart who
recently released his third solo album titled, “It
Is Written.” The album earned him a Marlin
Awards in 2017. “It is written” urges believers
to focus on the written instruction of God, which
holds the solution to everything mankind faces.
“God can and will use anything for his glory, so
we cannot place him into a box,” Wayne says
with firm resolve. “God can use a vessel of
dishonor to bring across his word and reggae
music is no different. What matters is the lyrical
content being delivered.” “They thought Jesus
was radical because he reached out to prostitutes
and tax collectors. My music is untraditional
yes, but it isn’t radical. It’s just music!”
Unmoved by public opinion, Wayne asserts that
freedom from spiritual bondage belong to those
whom God has set free; the permeating message
on his new track titled, “Righteous Revolution,”
featuring the militant voice of St. Matthew.
Personal and professional challenges are
commonplace to any believer steadfast in
carrying out God’s mission. It seems even more
so for those who deliver Christ’s message
through music. But Stoddart isn’t easily rattled
opposition. His devotion, to his creator is
foremost, secondly to his family and third to his
music.
Stoddart has no anticipation of slowing down as
kingdom ministry beckons. Amidst being a full
time musician and his calling to serve in the
ministry, Wayne is a family man and business
professional. This strong sense of prioritization
trumps all desires for worldly accolades and
keeps him grounded to his original commitment;
to use reggae music as a vehicle to deliver the
message of Jesus Christ. For Wayne, the
revolution has just begun!

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