Transitioning from Gospel Haitian Musician to English Singer – Palmyre Seraphin


Though the influential Baptist trends that define gospel music today did not reach Haiti until the introduction of western (specifically American) media, Protestantism and European Christianity were brought to Haiti during the country’s origins. Haitian gospel music, known in Creole as “levanjil mizik,” is rooted in the rise of Christianity on the island nation and has a long and rich history. 

On the other hand, English Music is simply a source for many young people to let their emotions and experiences out for everyone else. Having the ability to make a difference in the world with the skills you have is something all artists experience. But the musicians have the upper hand in this as they have the voice that connects with the listener and stays there for the rest of their lives.

From being a musician who has always been into Haitian gospel Music and felt more connected to it than anything else, she has recently shifted her focus to English Music. There are numerous reasons for anyone to do it, but what made Palmyre Seraphin decide this is fascinating to know, being her fan. Before diving into the main subject of our research, let us know more about Palmyre Seraphin.

She began singing at the age of three with her mother, who placed her on a small chair every time they had to sing together at church. At the same time, she learned piano with Fritz Hunter, a piano teacher at Bird College, and Richardson Léopold, a teacher at Monette Léopold’s music school. At the college where she begins her law studies, she becomes much more interested in literature and Music. 

This incredible 300 members choir goes without presentation. While she is concerned about her career as a science and English literature teacher, she meets Wilkinson Theodore, a well-known artist of the Haitian evangelical community who shows interest in her talent. Introducing her to other renowned artists of the Haitian evangelical community with whom she has worked a lot, Wilkinson Theodore also introduced him to the Brooklyn Tabernacle. 

In 1999 she returned to New York and started singing solo, especially in Gethsemane, her new church. In December 2004, Palmyre obtained his bachelor’s degree in pre-law and set out for a master’s degree in Education. Three months after joining the choir, she was one of twenty members selected to sing live in Good morning America on December 24, 2007.

She also participates in the realization of the album “I’ll say Yes,” which received a grammy Nomination in 2009, thus putting to six the number of grammy that this choir receives. In 2009 she took leave of the choir and devoted herself to preparing her Je Je Je Je Jehovah, an album that again highlights the beauty, depth, and natural meaning of the coronation. 

Born in New York on October 16, 1982, Palmyre Seraphin was a child who wanted to continue her career in legal studies or English Education. Still, as the time passed, she realized her interest was mainly drawn towards Music and especially Gospel Haitian Music; the beginning, and now finally, we, as her fans, are excited to listen to her English Songs as well.