Anthony Gonzales who also goes by the name "The Psalmist Mekaiel" is getting ready to launch two new singles off his upcoming mixtape —Smile which is scheduled to be release later this year.
"Deep in my heart" and "Never leave you" were both written by the 18 year old and produced by Beatoven Productions and Ralph Gittens.
A son of San Fernando, Gonzales has been singing since the age of four. A devout Christian, Gonzales grew up surrounded by music; a passion he shares with his entire family.
He said, "My dad was the one who first got me started in music. I come from a singing family. The first time I ever went on stage was at a family concert my dad held and from there I knew this was something I was born to do."
"Deep in my heart" drew from his own life experiences and was written almost four years ago when Gonzales was struck with the news that he had an irregular heart beat that could potentially require surgery in the future. During that time Gonzales had to be strong when his mother and sister both sustained injuries from a vehicular accident. Life became harder for the teenager when two of his uncles and cousin were murdered. While easy to rage against the hardships in his life, Gonzales decided to express his feelings through song and show God's unfailing love. A song he says that was a long time in coming, Gonzales to date has written nearly 100 songs.
He said, "I had to deal with a lot of things growing up however I have seen God move in every situation of my life. These songs are not sad songs they are supposed to uplift and renew your spirit. While soca is blowing up right now, soca can't tell my story. I admit it, it is difficult to make it in the gospel industry but I keep pressing on and praying it will all work out."
Gonzales is focused on creating powerful gospel music that goes beyond its genre, and says he hopes his music will show people particular young people that there are artistes out there that don't just sing for the prestige and fame but a genuine love for music.
He said, "I am a minister and things I have gone through, you may be going through. Through my songs I hope people understand that God is there no matter what and he is closer than a brother, sister or friend. Very often I get people telling me you should do this as a hobby but this is something I want to do full-time as my career."