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dion_GumbsThe Daily Herald caught up with an outstanding, young gentleman whose motivation sets a
president as a role model to all. Very well spoken and articulate, he is vocally talented, well educated and, not resting on his laurels, is using his talents and education to move forward singing, producing and giving joy to listeners of his music. Meet Dion Gumbs.

Where were you born and where did you grow up? I was born and raised in paradise – St. Maarten.

What schools did you attend? I attended Sister Magda
Primary School, Milton Peters College and University of
St. Martin; I then moved on to getting my bachelor's degree in business management from University of the Virgin Islands (UVI).

When did you realize you could sing? What song caught the attention of the adults? Well, I've liked music from a very young age; but I'll say at approximately age seven. There was no song in
particular that caught the adults' attention. However, I did become more aware of how my vocals worked at about the age of 18.

What countries have you travelled to? I have been privileged to have travelled to a few European countries such as France, Spain, England and Holland. I've also been to the US to places like Las Vegas, Florida and New York. I have visited Panama and Cuba. Concerning the Caribbean, besides what was known as the ABC and the SSS islands, I have also been to St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Barths, St. Kitts and St Thomas. Fact is, I couldn't do much travelling for the last three years because I've
been glued to my goals. But I do appreciate travelling and experiencing other cultures.

You have produced jingles for various companies on the island. What were they and who
were they for? I have produced more than 34 jingles. They are basically commercials that are made up of catchy tunes with a lyrical content to promote something or someone. I have done these for GEBE, TelEm group, F.W. Vlaun & Son, Let's Travel, Windward Islands Bank, GB3, Photo Gumbs and others. I have also produced jingles for candidates of the major political parties.

You have sung in local song festivals. Have you sung for any international shows? Yes, I sang for a few song festivals abroad, as part of a group and as a soloist. Many years ago, I also competed successfully in the Caribbean Gospel Song where I was chosen as third runner-up out of 14 contestants from throughout the Caribbean. I will never forget that experience.

You have recently filmed music videos of a high calibre. Where did you get your knowledge for film-writing and producing? Doing online research, taking drama classes at USM and asking questions from more experienced people have helped to increase my knowledge. However, there is an energy, which I know comes from God, which inspires my thoughts, moves my heart and guides my pen to
write.

Music appears to be your life. Do you sing and write other genres besides gospel? I do. I would also sing or write love songs and songs that reflect daily life. As long as the messages are positive, I'm down with it.

Your first album called "Because of His Love" was released successfully in 2009 with a big
party. Tell us about it. Well, it was actually in 2010 that I had that released. There was an audience of almost 300 persons, and the responses were very positive and motivating. It was a very great
experience, and I believe it was just a foretaste of what is to come.

Are you going to release any other albums? For sure! I'm actually working on my sophomore album entitled "Born to win." As long as I am inspired to write and produce, I will. For now, I'm actually doing some writing; so look out for new music, poetry and, in a few more years, a book.

Are you going to produce any more music DVDs? While I am alive and well, definitely! Matter of fact, I have just completed a DVD with three music videos and interviews which will be launched Thursday, April 5.

What are your hopes for the future? Wow, I have lots of hopes. I hope to help build strong communities and a strong family of my own. I hope to have my music reach the world. I hope to provide a better way of life through all my gifts/talents. I am already on the path towards my hopes, but there is so much more work to do. With God's help, I will achieve even more, because I
was born to win.

If you could invite to dinner any three people, dead or alive, who would they be and what
would you serve them? Hmmm, besides my family, I would say Denzel Washington. He is, in my opinion, an excellent actor, screenwriter, director and producer. I also recognize his personal life as a great role model amongst many others. Secondly, Dr. Maya Angelo; I respect her wealth of knowledge. She practices what she preaches – and for me, she is indeed a phenomenal woman. Lastly, I would say Minister Marvin Sapp. He finds purpose through his pain and spreads positive messages with his music and messages. I appreciate and admire his strength. Now, what would I serve them for dinner? I would prepare a Caribbean cook-up of dishes and give them a dessert of their choice (smiles).

dion_GumbsThe Daily Herald caught up with an outstanding, young gentleman whose motivation sets a
president as a role model to all. Very well spoken and articulate, he is vocally talented, well educated and, not resting on his laurels, is using his talents and education to move forward singing, producing and giving joy to listeners of his music. Meet Dion Gumbs.

Where were you born and where did you grow up? I was born and raised in paradise – St. Maarten.

What schools did you attend? I attended Sister Magda
Primary School, Milton Peters College and University of
St. Martin; I then moved on to getting my bachelor's degree in business management from University of the Virgin Islands (UVI).

When did you realize you could sing? What song caught the attention of the adults? Well, I've liked music from a very young age; but I'll say at approximately age seven. There was no song in
particular that caught the adults' attention. However, I did become more aware of how my vocals worked at about the age of 18.

What countries have you travelled to? I have been privileged to have travelled to a few European countries such as France, Spain, England and Holland. I've also been to the US to places like Las Vegas, Florida and New York. I have visited Panama and Cuba. Concerning the Caribbean, besides what was known as the ABC and the SSS islands, I have also been to St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Barths, St. Kitts and St Thomas. Fact is, I couldn't do much travelling for the last three years because I've
been glued to my goals. But I do appreciate travelling and experiencing other cultures.

You have produced jingles for various companies on the island. What were they and who
were they for? I have produced more than 34 jingles. They are basically commercials that are made up of catchy tunes with a lyrical content to promote something or someone. I have done these for GEBE, TelEm group, F.W. Vlaun & Son, Let's Travel, Windward Islands Bank, GB3, Photo Gumbs and others. I have also produced jingles for candidates of the major political parties.

You have sung in local song festivals. Have you sung for any international shows? Yes, I sang for a few song festivals abroad, as part of a group and as a soloist. Many years ago, I also competed successfully in the Caribbean Gospel Song where I was chosen as third runner-up out of 14 contestants from throughout the Caribbean. I will never forget that experience.

You have recently filmed music videos of a high calibre. Where did you get your knowledge for film-writing and producing? Doing online research, taking drama classes at USM and asking questions from more experienced people have helped to increase my knowledge. However, there is an energy, which I know comes from God, which inspires my thoughts, moves my heart and guides my pen to
write.

Music appears to be your life. Do you sing and write other genres besides gospel? I do. I would also sing or write love songs and songs that reflect daily life. As long as the messages are positive, I'm down with it.

Your first album called "Because of His Love" was released successfully in 2009 with a big
party. Tell us about it. Well, it was actually in 2010 that I had that released. There was an audience of almost 300 persons, and the responses were very positive and motivating. It was a very great
experience, and I believe it was just a foretaste of what is to come.

Are you going to release any other albums? For sure! I'm actually working on my sophomore album entitled "Born to win." As long as I am inspired to write and produce, I will. For now, I'm actually doing some writing; so look out for new music, poetry and, in a few more years, a book.

Are you going to produce any more music DVDs? While I am alive and well, definitely! Matter of fact, I have just completed a DVD with three music videos and interviews which will be launched Thursday, April 5.

What are your hopes for the future? Wow, I have lots of hopes. I hope to help build strong communities and a strong family of my own. I hope to have my music reach the world. I hope to provide a better way of life through all my gifts/talents. I am already on the path towards my hopes, but there is so much more work to do. With God's help, I will achieve even more, because I
was born to win.

If you could invite to dinner any three people, dead or alive, who would they be and what
would you serve them? Hmmm, besides my family, I would say Denzel Washington. He is, in my opinion, an excellent actor, screenwriter, director and producer. I also recognize his personal life as a great role model amongst many others. Secondly, Dr. Maya Angelo; I respect her wealth of knowledge. She practices what she preaches – and for me, she is indeed a phenomenal woman. Lastly, I would say Minister Marvin Sapp. He finds purpose through his pain and spreads positive messages with his music and messages. I appreciate and admire his strength. Now, what would I serve them for dinner? I would prepare a Caribbean cook-up of dishes and give them a dessert of their choice (smiles).