Pioneer of T&T’s Gospel Music: Jamie Thomas

Pioneer of T&T’s Gospel Music: Jamie Thomas

Well-known Christian activist and gospel music promoter Jamie Thomas who is often referred to as JT  has died today of an alleged heart attack at his home at Oasis Gardens, Chaguanas.

With regards to the Caribbean and the gospel music industry, with more than 20 years of media experience in radio, television, and entertainment experience Jamie was known for his imprint and has been a pioneer in this market.

JT last held the position of Program Manager at The Word 107.1 FM Christian radio station and often preached that every believer in God should strive to remain connected to the superior being in every moment, both in and out of religious seasons.

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In the ’90s, Jamie’s first public appearance was on a television show called Body Beat with Gayelle, then Nescafe’s Party Time with a Christian hip-hop dance group named Joshua Generation. He started his radio broadcasting years at I.S.A.A.C 98.1 FM, an arm of FBN (the first 24-hour full-gospel radio station in Trinidad & Tobago), Love 94fm, 98.9fm, Paradise 97fm, I95 FM The Perfect 10.

Throughout the years, Jamie has also facilitated live gospel concerts and events for worldwide artists like Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Donnie Mc Klurkin, Tye Tribbet, Ce Winans and Yolanda Adams, doing the same across the Caribbean in the Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, even Miami, Florida.

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JT was MTV Tempo’s TV Host for Rise and Shine, a streaming motivational music video show that covered more than 23 Caribbean islands. And in 2014, he received the Marlin President’s award for his outstanding contribution towards the advancement and development of Caribbean gospel music.

Upon the tragic news, many of his fans took to social media to share their shock of his sudden passing:

“I am not sure I can even find the words…. Jamie has been an inspiration to so many Christ-centered creatives like myself. The excellence in which he worked, was an admiration point for me. Jamie Thomas, with tears flowing as I listen to one of your all-time favorite artists Fred Hammond I bid you farewell. Thank you for allowing Christians like myself to walk unapologetically in our faith as we seek to shine our light on this world.

“You have changed so many of our lives for the better. Rest in sweet sweet peace”

“Is it really RIP Jamie Thomas? Word today is that the Program Manager and popular on-air personality at Word 107.1 FM. Has passed. The shock. The sadness. Deepest condolences to his parents and wife Keisha.”

“Hope nut this is too sad shocking rest in peace a powerful man of God much love and blessings wood Nation.”

“Life is so unpredictable. RIP Jamie. May God welcome you in his loving arms..”

“Jusso? No sa. Condolences to his family and extended siblings.”

“WHATT? Nah I am now seeing this post and I am in total shock. No man wow. Thank God for his life he was a REAL REAL REAL PIONEER OF GOSPEL MUSIC IN T&T. HE WILL BE MISSED. LONG LIVE HIM AND BELMONT MAN. WOW, SHOCK.”

JT’s face and voice will be remembered for being synonymous with Caribbean Gospel music, as he was always a man of passion and vision.

Funeral arrangements are yet to be published. However, Jamie Thomas is survived by his wife Keisha Thomas, his father and mother.

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