Interview With Shamiro

PEDRO LUNA

How would you describe yourself as a person?

SHAMIRO

I am a transparent person with passion and goals. I like having deep conversations with my friends, but I also like to make new friends. I enjoy reading good books and watching comedy movies because they make me laugh. My favorite authors are Max Lucado and John C. Maxwell. As for sports, I like to play tennis and swim. What I love most are those quiet moments to connect with God and experience his presence. As a Christian I try daily to grow in Jesus meditating on his Word and his messages. I try to keep the peace and love with everyone, the way God teaches us in His Word. I know I still have much to learn, but I'm willing and excited to do so.

PEDRO LUNA

How would you describe as minister of Christian music?

SHAMIRO

I am a worshiper at heart. God tells us in His Word that he’s looking for worshipers who praise God in spirit and truth. Since God saved me in 2008 I wanted to sing and praise to God for all he did for me and all for His grace and infinite love. When I am ministering to the audience my only purpose is to direct everyone to the Presence of God, clearly understanding that this is not for me but about Him. I also like to minister songs that inspire and encourage the people of God.

I love what I do because I have been blessed with Christian music. When I was very young in the faith there moments when I felt depressed and sad for some circumstances in my life, but listening to Christian songs helped me get stronger in God and go forward in the way of the Lord. So I wrote my first song in my native language Papiamento 'Move Tur Montaña' which in English means 'Move Every Mountain' which quickly became a big hit in the Netherlands Antilles and the Netherlands.

PEDRO LUNA

What is the title of your production and why is it called that way?

SHAMIRO

I have two productions. The first is available in Papiamento "Move Tur" and in English it means "Move Every Mountain", which is well entitled to instill faith and hope in the lives of the people who listen to it. The second production is titled "Just A Hug" because that’s how the title track of the album is called and it means a lot to me.

We started writing this song in December 2011, a month when my older sister died from a car accident. We finished writing the lyrics for this CD on 28 December and the accident happened the next day, December 29. It was then that I realized the power that song had ... God was preparing us for a big hug ... that’s where that song became even more important for us.

In the months after the accident many people visited us to try to comfort us, but there was a time I would not listen to anyone else ... all I wanted and needed was a hug ... a hug from God himself ... that would be enough. There, in the midst of the situation - and through this song - we received - personally and as a family - the embrace of God .. and still continue to experience that hug every day.

That’s why I chose this song for the title of this second production, because it came from a real experience of my life. Now more than ever I can say from experience that the embrace of God is sufficient to quench the deepest pain and change the saddest situation.

PEDRO LUNA

What is the essence of this production?

SHAMIRO

This production has two purposes/essences. To motivate and encourage the brothers who fell into a heavy test and/or those who are going through difficult times in their life. The production is meant to generate eternal hope and remind people that God promised us that He will never leave us, and that He has a bright future prepared for us.

Songs such as "Just A Hug", "I will fly" or "Move Every Mountain" have that purpose. The second purpose of the album - being the most important - is to exalt God, to sing praise to show His greatness and that are reflected in His great mercy and love for us. Songs like 'Grace' and 'No one compares to you' reflect the praise that I always want to sing to our God.

The final purpose that this album has is to evangelize with the song 'I'm not Like Yesterday', and through this song I want to testify of the great salvation that God gives us letting everyone know that God is always offering the gift of salvation.

PEDRO LUNA

What is the musical genre of this production?

SHAMIRO

This production has several genres, but the principal is the fusion of classical opera and pop music, something really new in the Christian market. We also have adoration, melodic pop rock and even have some fused ballenato and bachata.

PEDRO LUNA

What is your favorite song in this production and why?

SHAMIRO

This is the hardest question to answer. The song that has helped me the most was "Just A Hug". My favorite praise is "Grace" and "Lord You're Great", but my favorite song is 'I'm Not Like Yesterday' because it is my personal testimony and every time I hear or sing it I can remember the day God changed my life.

 

PEDRO LUNA

What are your musical influences?

SHAMIRO

From the beginning I liked Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti. Precisely because of this influence is that I like the fusion of classical and pop music. My Christian influences are Ricardo Rodriguez - with who I was able to sing a duet when he came to Curacao - especially his songs "Maybe Today" and "Praise God." Jesus Adrian Romero also, Marcos Witt, Third Heaven, David Phelps and Michael W. Smith, among others.

PEDRO LUNA

How important is the ministry for you?

SHAMIRO

This is the talent that God gave me and the ministry of God began. I don’t come from a family of musicians and due to this the probability of me becoming psalmist was very small. God had this ministry planned for me from the beginning. When I was in school, I had to repeat a year because my scores were a little bit bad, but God used this situation - and today I thank him - because if it were not for this, I wouldn’t have started in the minister. This is the gift God gave me. God wants us to use the talents and gifts He has given us for the honor and glory of his name and the extension of His Kingdom here on earth.

 

PEDRO LUNA

Where do you want to go with your ministry?

SHAMIRO

The ministry is very important for me. I want to reach everyone by spreading the message that God gave me. I want to travel to different parts of the world ministering and evangelizing. I want the ministry to grow and be recognized by the major associations of Christian music, such as The Harp Awards, Dove Awards and the Christian section of the Grammy Awards. I want to be also the first artist from my country, Curacao, to win a recognized award such as the ones I just mentioned, because I want to show people that God can bring His children to great places too, as He did with David or Moses as mentioned in the Bible.

I want the ministers of Curacao and Holland to expand their ministries to the Latin and American markets because in our country we can speak four languages ​​and I believe God has prepared us to minister to the world without language or linguistic limitations for the Glory and Honor of God.

PEDRO LUNA

Are you going to make a video for this new production?

SHAMIRO

We already did six music videos of songs from this production and currently we are editing. We want to make a music video for every song because each has its own story and through the music we can reinforce the message, generating a greater impact and degree of recall.

PEDRO LUNA

What is your greatest desire in life?

SHAMIRO

My greatest desire is to reflect the love and goodness of God in my life by projecting joy and family union, creating unforgettable moments of love and laughter with people I love. This life is temporary; we are tourists here and soon we will come home when we find God. I want God to tell me at the end of the day ... "Well done, faithful servant."

PEDRO LUNA

What is your greatest desire in your ministry?

SHAMIRO

Sing praises to God to reach His throne as a sweet perfume; for God himself to give me an applause because I did what he wanted with humility. I also have as desire to inspire, motivate and encourage the brethren who are experiencing great pain in their lives. When someone tells me how the songs have helped that person, I love that. That's the mission: make an impact, a real difference, bringing relief, hope and peace in the lives of the brothers in need. Finally, I want to evangelize the world through the music that God has given me.

PEDRO LUNA

What can people expect from this musical production?

SHAMIRO

I'm sure the songs will bless all those who hear them. I constantly get emails and social networking communications of how people are blessed to hear them.

Some time ago I was talking to a lady from Holland and she told me that the doctors had told her that they had to cut her skin because of a cancer they found in her. She was crying day and night for a miracle from God and her faith was resting on listening to the song "Move Every Mountain" that she saw and heard on YouTube. After several weeks she went to the doctor and found nothing ... she testifies that God can "Move Every Mountain".

 

These praises come out from the heart of a worshiper and are inspired by God himself. I'm sure if God has blessed so many people with our first production he will also bless us with this second production.

PEDRO LUNA

How important is family to you?

SHAMIRO

My family has always been my second priority after God because thanks to God and to them I am what I am today. They have helped me in difficult times, but have also celebrated with me moments of great satisfaction.

I thank God for my family because we are very close and support each other. I really think that we are an exemplary family. Precisely because our family is very special, we feel very strongly the loss of my older sister, and she was one of the people who supported me in the ministry ... her loss was very painful and it was hard to get out of the depression we had, but thanks to God and songs like "Just a Hug" we were able to move forward, understanding that she is now in heaven with God. This song - and the video - are dedicated to my older sister Saina.

PEDRO LUNA

Who is Jesus to you?

SHAMIRO

Wow! this is a question that it could easily take me a full day to respond. Jesus is for me mainly my Savior, my God, my guide and my teacher. But beyond all this the way I see Jesus is like my best friend.

I am a person that value true friendship and appreciation. A true friend is someone who is always there to listen without judging you, to comfort and to correct you. A friend is someone whose presence you enjoy, that you like to go out with and have a good time. A good friend is one who influences you character and positive attitude. To me that best friend is Jesus ... Someone that is always there to listen to me, to give me advice, but also someone with whom I can enjoy spectacular times in a healthy and pleasant way.

PEDRO LUNA

Christian Music? ... An industry, a genre, a call, a musical style or ministry?

SHAMIRO

To me Christian music is the way God wants me to serve him. It’s a special call from God to me, but at the same time it’s also a lifestyle. Your life must be a living praise to God. The ministry is very serious and fun. When ministers are singing the King of kings and Lord of lords ... is bigger than any president or president of the past, present or future. It is a privilege to be one of the ministers who can sing to the God of gods!