Gospel Spotlight: Dessi-Ann Yetman lets her power flow
Dessi-Ann Yetman always loved music, but her life plans did not necessarily include making it.
The St Hugh's High School alum planned to take the university route, which would lead her to law school.
A simple prayer for God to use her and guide her in the right direction ended up with Yetman taking a leave of absence in 2014 for a year and half. She began working and pursuing a path in ministering through song.
"Back then, I felt like I was going to lose my mind even with the help of my mother, who also ministers," Yetman told THE WEEKEND STAR.
She has found the right balance as she completes her tertiary education, maintains a perfect attendance at church (Greater Works International Fellowship), participates in praise team rehearsals, and assumes the mother role to her younger siblings.
CREATING PERSONAL STYLE
As the daughter of Christian parents, Yetman was used to being part of a close-knit church family and participated in the choir. That is where she received most of her vocal training and went on to create her personal style.
"I have grown in developing gifts, but that alone could not keep me where I am. Only your character can keep you here. I am not just good in public. It is my lifestyle," she said.
The past two years have been the most pivotal for Yetman, having engaged with patrons at major events like Praise on the Beach in Montego Bay in 2015 and Worship Feast.
The Spirit Fire band, formerly Burning Bush band, (name changed due to taking a spiritual path), supports Yetman at most performances.
"During my tenure in ministry, I have been blessed not only to minister through song, but to have the opportunity to speak the gospel overseas," she said.
As a singer and minister, Yetman has had the opportunity to share international stages with respected names like Dr Bobby Jones, Byron Gage, and Natalie Evans.
But as a young woman, she takes inspiration mainly from Kimola Brown Lowe and international contemporary gospel professionals Tasha Cobbs-Leonard and Maranda Curtis Willis.
Not many of Yetman's tracks can be found on online platforms, but the singer says she has many originals in reserve.
She also said that she performs, covers of popular singles, not for recognition, but to be able to relate to the audience.
She is preparing to release her debut five-track EP titled Pray Destined on February 9, 2018. Singles include Power Flow and Fill Me Up.
"It is a mixture of being inspired by God and of my own heart's desires, coming from a place of desperation to commanding or letting your power flow," she said. "Most of my lyrics are birthed out of pure worship sessions. I freestyle as well as write."
Yetman is currently in her final year in the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and has plans to concentrate on family law.