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"On December 14, 2015, in my room in my house, I heard when the Lord said, ‘Evangelist Hall’. I was back and forth in the room, talking to the Lord and the Lord talking to me, saying, ‘You are now my servant who will be ministering on my behalf.’ So that’s what I’m doing," she recalled to The Sunday Gleaner.

Those who miss her music can rest assured that more is coming and must come to terms with the fact that that content is being motivated by God. "I’m ministering on His behalf. I’m His minister, His servant, His vessel. Wherever He sends me, I’ll go," she said.

I’m Gonna Fast, the first single from the 15-track project, was released on Friday. "This song is not a typical gospel song – it’s not a gospel song. It’s a fun song for single ladies in the Church. It is fun, bluesy, and country. It’s like Alabama blues. It’s a song about women – as soon as them get saved, they want a husband. I went to church with it a few times, and it tek off inna di church!" she said.

The freshly minted gospel singer has already visualised a video concept for the single. "The ladies would be under these old-time hair dryers, reading magazines with the curlers in their hair and the man dem all dapperly dressed, just fashion out. Even for a poolside scene, I’m thinking we should have some cotton dresses in yellow, pink, white, blue – some long glasses of fruit punch with coloured straws."

Hall was very excited and animated as she spoke about the album she has been working on for the past two years. "I put all the hard drives in a pretty bag, and I just leave it there. But sometimes, God starts moving you to a different place because He wants you to do some things. I didn’t decide to put it out. I was working on it before, but God wanted it now," she said adamantly.

Hall explained that Christianity was her saving grace. "Without His mercy, I don’t know where I’d be. Maybe I would have been locked up. Maybe I would have been on a stage and say something like what I have stored up. Maybe I would kill somebody, or somebody would kill me," Marion told The Sunday Gleaner.

"When I was Lady Saw, I was quick to bite. As soon as somebody say something, I attack. Maybe it was pride. I couldn’t leave it alone and let it pass. But now, I realise I’m a different person. The way I used to write in dancehall, I don’t think about it because my mind doesn’t go back there. I haven’t heard a song from then – because I haven’t listened to radio, I don’t listen to TV, so I don’t have no information. I make myself available to connect to God."

She recalled a creative process that was hinged on chain-smoking. "That’s what I used to do, what really got me there. But now, I think about God and it’s easy. I don’t have to write them. They just come to you; God just speaks to you. I could make album after album. It’s so easy," she said.

In writing dancehall music, the singer used to hide her books from her children. "I used to hide my books and pray they wouldn’t get into it, but now, I can just leave everything out. It’s good to be around children and not have to worry about what they’ll hear and say."

Last year, on Mother’s Day, one of Hall’s daughters joined her mother in the faith. "It was the best day of my life!" She explained that her children’s reaction to her transition has been positive. "They talk about it, saying since I did what I did, there’s a calm in here," she told The Sunday Gleaner. Hall has raised three children, including a niece who is now in the sciences and one daughter, who is a doctor, both living in the United States.