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Destined to sing

Sherie Holder-Olutayo

Destined to sing

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There are some things that seem to be predestined in life. Kerina Kall knows this really well. At least that’s how it seems her life has always gone.
Kerina recently released two singles, In The Sight Of God, a Christian love song, and a Christmas song Celebrate Messiah King. Her first album, released four years ago, suggests that singing has always been a part of her life.
“I’ve been singing since I was a small child,” Kerina revealed. “I grew up in the church singing and reciting, and I was always active in the church.
The church, it seems, was always alive in Kerina because it has shaped much of how she lives her life.
Kerina, who is now a pastor’s wife, says that looking back it seems that God was grooming her to do that.
“I grew up in a pastor’s household with my aunt and her husband,” Kerina said. “My mother died when I was a baby, so my aunt, who was married to a pastor, raised me. I don’t think it was any coincidence that I grew up there. I saw a lot of what it means to be a pastor’s wife from my aunt, so I think God was grooming me for that role and I’m really thankful for that. I think God had a plan even back then.”
Ironically, it was because of her role as a pastor’s wife that she got the inspiration for the love song In The Sight Of God.
“A few years ago my husband was preparing this couple for marriage. I started to write a wedding song for them as a gift,” she said.
“It turned out well; they were really appreciative. So I thought that maybe it would be a good idea to release this song. But a couple of years passed and then I visited a friend, Vere Norville, who is a sound engineer, who has laid out tracks for me. He decided to do some experimentation with the song and I was really blown away with it. So I said, ‘Let’s go for it’.”
But little did Kerina know that it would be more than one single she would be releasing.
“After taking the love song to Starcom, Ronnie Clarke asked me if I had any Christmas songs and I said no,” she said. “But that inspired me to do a Christmas song.”
Kerina, who has been writing songs for a number of years, has been receiving encouragement from her husband to release these songs or do an album. But it was actual divine intervention that got her moving on the album.
“One morning while I was doing my devotion with God, I had this experience with God,” Kerina said. “It’s hard to describe it but it was very emotional and I felt like God was telling me to start my music ministry. And the next year my debut album What Matters Most was born.”
According to Kerina, the songs were inside of her just waiting to come out.
“I think when you’re working with God it all comes down to timing,” she said. “I know there are a lot more songs inside of me just waiting to be born.”