Combining ministry and marriage can be a task but, with the right balance of faith and determination, anything is possible, as Soul2Sole Sound System in Bristol has proven. Thinking of gospel combined with house music is synonymous with husband-and-wife team, Mel and Carmen Carrol.
Soul2Sole, from its early beginnings, filled a niche by providing monthly gospel club nights for young people to socialise and enjoy urban gospel music, which proved a success. Several years on, it has now expanded its brand into an inspirational radio show and a sound system – the only official gospel sound system at St Paul’s Carnival.
Mel and Carmen Carrol have been co-presenters of their radio show for four years on Ujima Radio 98FM (www.ujimaradio.com) on Saturdays 2pm-4pm; their show reaches over 25,000 listeners weekly. Soul2Sole has become instrumental in providing information and practical tools for self-improvement, and using music to get the message of hope and peace into the community.
Mel’s passion for his music comes through while playing at events. Growing up in church, he learned to play multiple instruments. This passion, now combined with his love of urban grooves with a positive message from his gospel roots, has seen him playing on several radio stations and at gospel and club events around the UK for many years.
Carmen manages her public relations and events promotion company, Patricia Rhema (www.patriciarhema.com), handling media requests, church events, gospel concerts, flyer distribution and e-blasts. Clients have included: Roy Francis Productions, Muyiwa & Riversongz, RCCG, Renewal Choir and Gospel Fest.
St Paul’s Carnival (www.stpaulscarnival.co.uk) is an Afrikan Caribbean Carnival, which normally attracts 100,000 people. It was due to take place on Saturday 4th July but there was no large-scale carnival event this year. Instead, there was an all-day Grass Roots community showcase on Saturday 5th September, with a family fun day and an evening featuring Sandra Cross plus guests.
Carmen grew up with the carnival being a big part of her life. Her father, Mr Rydel McLaughlin – aka “Mr Mac”, as he was affectionately known – was a board member. He used his carpentry skills to build the main stage for years, and also provided employment to others. Carmen’s journey continued on to becoming a volunteer entertainments convenor, site manager, Carnival officer and schools coordinator.
Event managing their live stage has included artists/MCs/DJs: Denis Mclean, DJ Fitz, DJ G, Bro Charles & Kingdom Ambassador, DJ Proclaima (Soulcure), Good News Movement, DJ I-Man (Gospel Foundation Sound), GL Live, Bro Harvey and DJ Sean McCabe. Soul2Sole is keen to work with potential companies or individuals for sponsorship, offering media exposure for businesses.
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