Last Call’s Victory tops Billboard chart
A Bermudian gospel duo have reached the top spot on the American Billboard chart with a song written in only 15 minutes.
Last Call, made up of Adrian Jones and Tricray Astwood, hit No 1 on the Billboard Gospel Indicator Chart with Victory, a song produced by US producer Fred Jerkins.
Mr Jones, 28, said he was “over the moon” when he found out they had the top of the chart after they spent October promoting the song.
He added: “We were fighting for that spot. We went to a lot of states, did a lot of different events and met a lot of different people.”
Mr Astwood, 31, said they first performed Victory in November at the Gospel vs Cancer concert to raise funds for the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre.
He added that he wrote and composed the song in about 15 minutes and Mr Jones was so impressed that they decided to perform it with only two weeks’ rehearsal time.
Mr Astwood said: “It’s a huge risk to introduce a brand-new song that no one has ever heard during a concert, especially in Bermuda because Bermudians like to sing stuff that they know.”
Mr Jones added that Mr Jerkins, who was in the audience, expressed interest in adding the song, about triumph over problems, to a compilation album.
He said: “We were looking to put more into the song but we thought ‘this is perfect, there’s nothing else to do’.
Mr Astwood added: “Adrian was like ‘we should do this for the concert’.
“We did it and that song ended up being the highlight of the night. It was a five-minute song that ended up becoming a ten minute song because we just couldn’t end it.
“And then maybe about three weeks after that we flew up to Atlanta to record it in Fred Jerkin’s studio.”
Mr Astwood said Victory’s upbeat theme was a contributing factor to its success.
He said: “The song talks about getting your joy back, your peace back, and your strength back. Life takes things away from us, but through God’s strength we can bounce back victoriously.”
The song has also gathered support on social media sites such as YouTube.
Mr Astwood said: “Some people say ‘this song’s gotten me through difficult situations’ or ‘I listen to this song everyday’.
“It really encourages those people — people that might feel defeated or that might be going through a trial, or something that is just before them that is hard to overcome, this song has given them confidence and help set their mind back on track, so it’s really helped the listeners.”
Mr Jones added that their song was chosen as the first single from Mr Jerkins’s compilation album.
He said: “There was a single already picked out and we were actually the second single, but it’s safe to say that we were the most successful single because we were on top of the charts.
“I think that’s one of the reasons why it’s so special, because somebody so high up in the record industry decided to take this song from us two Bermudian boys and make it the single of his album.
Mr Jones added: “People on a daily basis are sending us videos from the States and other places of people listening to this song.”
“The feedback has been amazing — it’s done a lot for us and our careers.”
He added that Last Call expected to make new recordings next year and hoped to release more music in 2020.
Mr Astwood said: “It’s safe to say that the song has created a lot of opportunity for us, internationally and in terms of credibility.
“We’ve met a lot of different people in the industry as well as artists that we’ve looked up to that we have now befriended, so it’s definitely put us on a higher platform.”
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