Entertainer, Producer, Distributor, Singer, Emcee, Free Lance Radio Announcer, Gospel Music Ambassador, these are some of the hats The Gospel Vibes Master wears.
Delroy Lingo, AKA Delingo, has been involved in the gospel music fraternity for over 30 years. He was Road Manager for the Golden Touch Gospel Band for several years. Delingo then joined Life Production Company as Concert Manager, and Assistant Producer; a position that allowed him to work closely with local and international artists. However, his dream for the gospel music fraternity was not being fulfilled because he was not able to reach the new upcoming artists. In 1991 Delingo left Life Production to start his own company Impact Gospel Promotion and Booking Agency. Impact Gospel Promotions was one of the largest and most dynamic in Jamaica's gospel fraternity.
Delingo's great talent was often displayed through artist management, and production and distribution of gospel music locally and internationally. Impact Gospel Promotions was booking agency for top Jamaican gospel artists such as Joan Flemming's & The Inspires, Claudell Clarke, Echoes of Joy, Schroeter Brothers, Sister Sculley, Lorene Williams, Sandra Brooks, Jerry Thompson, Derrick Douglas, Marvia Wilson-Providence, The Humming Birds, Young Battalions, Claudine Stewart, Billy Joe Neil among many others.
Delingo was one of the most sort after emcees in Jamaica. As an emcee he believes that the ultimate goal at any concert is soul winning. Hence, his audiences not only have a good time at events but they are always left with a challenge. In 1993 Dleingo hosted his first radio show Impact Gospel Time on Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation (JBC) that ran for three years. He then went to Love FM Jamaica’s only Gospel Radio Station and worked there for another three years. He later moved to Roots FM where he hosted two radio shows - Gospel Roots and Gospel Vibes.
In 1996, the Gospel Vibes Master displayed his love and interest in music when he staged a prestigious award ceremony; National Impact Gospel Award (NIGA). The National Impact Gospel Award (NIGA) honored artists living abroad for their valuable contribution to the gospel music fraternity. The highlight of this event was the crowning of the king and queen of Jamaican gospel music, Otis Wright and Claudell Clarke respectively. The Governor General of Jamaica His Excellency Sir Howard Cooke was the Parton of the ceremony and the King and Queen were presented with the Governor Generals trophy. The Gospel Vibes Master has also hosted many concerts featuring international Artists such as: Shirley Caesar, Rev. F.C Barnes, Phil and Brendan Nicholas and Valerie Boyd.
Another event staged by Delingo was Caribbean Gospel Expression - an all-night concert held yearly at the Spanish Town Prison Oval. This event was the first of its kind in Jamaica and included local and Caribbean artists. Delingo, has also staged numerous free gospel concerts in St. William Grant Park, and Nelson Mandela Park and artists travel from all over the Island to perform at these concerts. In 1997, the first ever "Gospel Music Crusade" was held at the Nelson Mandela Park in Kingston and over one hundred persons made commitments to follow Christ. Additionally, In 1997, Delingo was nominated for the JAMI Life Time Achievement Award along with Chris Stanley, Toots Hibbert, and Dennis Brown the recipient of the award. Impact Gospel Promotion was also nominated for the JAMI Trailblazer Award along with Grace Thrillers, Glory Music, Shaggy, and Dean Fraser the recipient.
Delingo demonstrated that he not only expressed verbally his love and concern for those in need but offered assistance through outreach programmes. The Impact Needy Fund came into effect with the help of Directors, Markland Edwards, Dean Reid and Karen Winter . The aim of the Needy Fund was to provide assistance for people who were not able to afford certain necessities. Two of the persons who benefited from this fund were Aleica Mckellop, and Deanna Edwards. Alicia was brutally attacked by a man of unsound mind and Impact paid the full cost of her surgery.
Deanna needed urgent eye surgery and was flown to Florida through the kind help of Air Jamaica and Florida Medical Association. Director, Karen Wynter accompanied her to Florida and remained with her for three months through her recovery period. Delingo was also involved with the Caring Heart Program, which donated food, clothing, toys, and school supplies to needy children. Walker Home of Safety was one organization that received major assistance through this program.
In 1999, The Gospel Vibes Master migrated to Atlanta, Georgia to host the first ever Caribbean Gospel Music programme "Gospel Vibes" on WATB 1420 Caribbean JAMS. Gospel Vibes opened the door for Caribbean artist such as:
· Papa San
· Grace Thrillers,
· Junior Tucker
· Blood Brothers to perform in Atlanta.
In 2000, he moved to Hartford, Connecticut and continued his radio ministry with Father G as co-host of Wake Up and Live on WESU 88.1 FM, he now hosts his own show "Gospel Vybz" on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m. He is also one of the hosts of “Moving In The Spirit on WRTC 89.3 FM. In 2001, he created history by staging Hartford’s' first all night Gospel Concert "Genesis" which received a Proclamation from the Mayor of Hartford Eddie A. Perez and the honorable Veronica Arie Wilson Deputy Mayor and Counsel Woman who was the patron for this event. Over the years Delingo has received numerous awards from several organization and individuals both locally and internationally, his first international award was a Pin of Commendation from Dade County of Miami for his contribution to Gospel Music.
In 2002, Gospel Vibes received four awards from six nominations for Best Inspirational Show, Radio Personality of the Year, Emcee of the year and Community Service Award from Platinum Mic & A.W. Scorpio Awards. In 2003 Delingo also received a Life Time Achievement Award from French Int'l Caribbean Gospel Award for his outstanding contribution to Caribbean gospel music. In 2004 he also received another Proclamation from the Mayor of Hartford Eddie A. Perez for Genesis Gospel Series. In 2005, he received Lifetime Achievement Award From Hopeton Lewis Caribbean Gospel Music Awards, for his over 20 years of promoting gospel music through Live Shows and Radio Broadcasting.
Delingo later returned to his first love when he was asked to record "It Is No Secret What God Can Do" for Sister Jasmine’s debut album "Fear Not." Delingo pre-released CD entitled "Pray On" with Charmin Blake. was released on Agust 2008. Delingo & Charmin has since completed their solo project to be released in 2009. Delingo now hosts the largest Caribbean Gospel Radio show thorough his station Gospel Vibes Radio Network which he launched in 2008, to date he is Broadcasting to eleven Radio Station across the Globe making Gospel Vibes Radio Show By far the largest Caribbean Gospel Syndication Show with over 20 million listeners Globally.
Some of the Station include Busy 103.3 FM in Hartford CT. Bess 100 FM in Kingston Jamaica .Xclusive 96.9 FM .the Powerhouse WLMJ & CalaboMuzic 247 Radio. all in Atlanta GA. Flava 105.5 FM Woster MASS. Gospel Reggae FM 95.9 Miami Florida .Roadblock Radio 90.1 FM Newark New Jersey. WCGS Radio New Jersey. praise 99.3 FM One Love Radio 106.5 FM Bridgeport CT . the program features Music News Views Reviews Interviews the Spoken Word Prayer Line & Gospel Vibes Magazine .Worldwide Linkup Features Greetings from across the World .it gives everyone the opportunity to send and receive greetings Worldwide, March 28 kick of A series of Island wide Gospel concert featuring the traditional gospel Artiste of the Islands .we are dedicated to the preservation of traditional gospel music heritage. St Best Gospel Celebration is the first of the series that will run until the end of the year.