My name is Stanley J M Payne, the second to last of seven children. (4 girls/3 boys) I was born in the beautiful Island of Barbados.

In the summer of 1972, I attended a crusade sponsored by the Six Roads Seventh-day Adventist Church at the invitation of the "Moore boys" my teenage friends. I listened to Pastor Jansen Trotman as he presented truth from God's word with great clarity and persuasion. That summer just before my sixteenth birthday I was baptized and accepted into the fellowship of the Six Roads SDA Church. There I got my first significant introduction to music.

I took piano for 2 years and later became the church organist. To this point and for the next quarter century I had no serious interest in singing.

In the mid nineties I started writing songs and music.

With lots of encouragement from friends and family, the help of two very good recording studios and the goodness of God: I present to you "Arise And Shine, For Thy Light Has Come" Isaiah 60:1.....

I cherish the opportunity for a different kind of ministry. Ministry through the "word with song."

I have been blessed with 4 children. I have had my share of ups and downs in this life.

I can say with certainty that The God of heaven is a good God. I have not had a "mountain top" experience like Moses did, or Dr. King. But I have been through some valleys with my God. I know that He is real, for I have seen His hand of mercy.

This CD is about giving Him the praise and the glory; and the pursuit of a fulltime ministry through the word with song.

To all those people whose lives have touched mine, I say thank you. Just stay the course, we are almost home. See you there by His grace. Until then: "Arise And Shine, For Thy Light Has Come"
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