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Hollywood beckons for energetic duo

Tricray Astwood and Adrian Jones head to Hollywood next month.

The popular gospel duo, who perform as Last Call, will record an album with renowned producer Eric Griggs.

If you've never heard of him, he has worked with everyone from Chris Brown to Boys II Men.

Q: You sang separately for years. Why did you decide to form Last Call?

A: One night after a rehearsal we were having a general conversation about life and ministry. We realised that many of our goals and desires were similar. Later on that week the Holy Spirit spoke to Tricray and said it would be better if we joined forces.

After a month of prayer and fasting, Last Call was birthed. We base our entire ministry off of Deuteronomy 32:30 — How could one man chase a thousand, or two put 10,000 to flight, unless their rock had sold them, unless the Lord had given them up.

What's been the best part about working together so far?

Being able to share the experience and journey together. Many times as a solo artist you have to do everything yourself, so being in a duo allows the workload to be lighter. And really … it's just fun! We are more like brothers and we wouldn't want to do this journey with anyone else.

Were there any challenges that you had to sort out?

We are actually pretty good and things work well but if we had to choose one thing ... it could be remembering where each other's parts are in a song; sometimes we clash by singing on each other's turn. But through those hiccups we always learn and get a good laugh out of it.

What would you say has been the biggest lesson you've learnt about yourselves over the last few months?

Adrian: One of the biggest lessons that I have learnt is how much work it is to be in a group/duo and the time it takes to get things right for a performance. Also, I've learnt a lot about Tricray vocally and personality-wise.

Tricray: I never thought that I would be in a group let alone enjoy it. It is sooooo much more than singing as a solo artist. It is truly a blessing to my life to be able to have someone keep me accountable and [help me] develop in my gifting.

I understand you have a lot of big plans in the works. What can people expect from Last Call in the near future?

We will release our debut album early May of this year and will embark on an Island-wide release tour. After that we will take the tour overseas.

How do you feel about travelling overseas to record?

We are super excited. We leave on January 31 for three-and-a-half weeks. We will be recording in the heart of Hollywood, California with renowned producer Eric Griggs who has worked with Chris Brown, Jordin Sparks, Boys II Men, and Take 6 — to name a few. We have to thank Brittany Zekofsky of Z Management. She is our project manager and is doing a phenomenal job ensuring that every aspect of this album is successful.

How would you describe your new sound?

We are known to have high energy and to give our audience a fun experience. Our sound can be described as soulful, yet contemporary. It is unique ... It's “Last Call”.

Will you continue to perform gospel music or something more mainstream?

We will always be Christian artists! It is God who formed this group and it is God who will keep this group!

We consider our music to be “applicable”, meaning every song on the album covers an aspect of the Christian life.

And even if you aren't a Christian we promise you will definitely consider Jesus after listening to it.

E-mail lastcallworship@gmail.com. Look for Last Call on Facebook or Instagram @lastcallworship

Guided by Christianity: Tricray Astwood and Adrian Jones make up the popular gospel duo Last Call. The singers will be heading to Hollywood on Sunday to start recording an album with renowned music producer Eric Griggs. (Photograph by Monika Davis)

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Published January 25, 2016 at 8:00 am (Updated January 25, 2016 at 1:16 am)

Hollywood beckons for energetic duo

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