An audience with Owen Deacon

An audience with Owen Deacon is indeed an experience, sweeping listeners and onlookers off their feet with the dynamism of his delivery, the intricacy of his compositions and the poetic evangelism of his lyrics, due to a background rich in musical and biblical education. And yet, for all his talent, he remains a man of great humility.

His musical journey began in secondary school, where he spent two years as a trombonist in the Brent Youth Orchestra. Owen then further honed his skills at Goldsmith College in South East London where he studied composition, music theory and vocals.

What followed is a walk along a path of musical growth, from gigging Lover’s Rock band “Classic Black”, to supporting great reggae artists such as the late Dennis Brown and Delroy Wilson, also Loose Ends. Among his long list of achievements are also recordings with Reggae legend, Dave Barker and Rock guitarist, Steve Hillage, among many.

It was somewhere after this time that Owen Deacon sought to know more about The Word, and went through two years of bible study, which led to his salvation through Christ and gave way to his gospel artistry. Needless to say his music continued on, with performances including with reggae’s top guns such as Luciano and Gregory Isaacs in 2003.

Owen is also equally at home in the studio as he is doing live performances. In

2000, he marked the New Millenium with the soulful vulnerability of My God Mon Ami, which prepared the ground for the triumphant sounding and versatile album Crossover,2005. The album was first showcased in London.

Since giving his life to Christ, Owen’s love of God and willingness to be a servant has led him to a variety of work for the church as youth worker, praise and worship leader and men’s fellowship organiser. In music, he now performs at Churches, Clubs and Bars up and down Europe, sometimes to support fundraising activities. Among those appearances included that with Basil Meade and Bishop John Francis, and a live performance with members of Sounds of Blackness on backing vocals.

Alan Springer.

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