Carlene Davis is a Jamaican gospel (10 albums) and reggae (15 albums) singer active since the 1970s. Successful since the early 1980s as a reggae artist, she survived cancer in the mid-1990s, after which she dedicated her career to gospel music.
Her # one singles as a secular artist include: ‘Winnie Mandela,’ ‘It Must Be Love,’ ‘Going Down To Paradise,’ ‘Santa Claus Do You Ever Come To The Ghetto,’ ‘Dial My Number,’ and ‘Like Old Friends Do.’ She’s toured extensively in Japan, North & South America, Europe, Canada and the Caribbean and was signed to Gee Street/Polygram Records, Cutting Edge Records and VP Records. In 1990 she was named Best Female Vocalist at the Caribbean Music Awards.
In 1996 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and her Christinan faith became a more important part of her life. She released her album Vessel in 1998, and in 2000 her single “This Island Needs Jesus” was a major hit in several Caribbean countries. She became involved in cancer charity work, with half of the proceeds from her 2003 album Author and Finisher going to the Jamaica Cancer Society. In 2000, Davis was named Minister of music for The Family Church on the Rock, Kingston. In 2006 she gained a doctorate in pastoral counseling from the Trinity Theological Seminary.
She has released 10 albums as a gospel artist. By the mid-2000s Davis had her own recording studio, Judah Recording, and the Glory Music productions record label, run with her husband Tommy Cowan. Her 2005 album, Rock Me Jesus won the ‘Gospel Album of the Year’ award at the Reggae Soca Music Awards. Her and her husband are the promoters of the incredibly popular “Fun In The Son”, an annual celebration of praise, worship and ministry that began in Jamaica and now has shows in Haiti & New York.