If you are not familiar with the music of Cornet “NagiaSym” Symonette, find a way to listen to her old stuff to prepare you for her newly dropped single “Walk It Out” and the upcoming release of her EP “FaithxWork”, which is expected to drop January 2022. NagiaSym says when you hear her new music, you won’t believe it’s the same person.
NagiaSym has transitioned to the genre of Caribbean Urban Gospel, which means when you hear her music now, you can expect to hear a little afro beat, some reggae and a little Calypso all mixed in together.
“This is the genre God has transitioned me to, and I am grateful for it and I embrace it,” said NagiaSym. “I don’t want to be just the traditional singer or the worship leader that everybody expects. I want to be something totally different and I believe that’s why God pushed me into that category, so ‘FaithxWork’ is going to be awesome.”
The FaithxWork EP will feature a variety of styles – NagiaSym gospel reggae,
Apostolic and praise break.
“FaithxWork is my testimony album,” said NagiaSym. “For so many years, I’ve had the faith to believe in myself, but I was inconsistent with putting in the work,” she said.
The title for the soon-to-be-released EP, she said, was given to her by God.
“I was praying to God and saying what did you want me to name this project – I have the faith, I been knowing I wanted to get out and do music, but I wasn’t putting in the work. The Bible tells us faith without work is dead, so God gave me the name – ‘FaithxWork’ – so, faith times work equals results.”
Before the EP is released, NagiaSym encourages people to check out her hot new reggae gospel single “Walk It Out”; the video for which dropped on August 25.
The song, which was written by NagiaSym, encourages believers everywhere to not give up, and to walk it out when life gets tough or when their walk with God gets rough. She reminds people that the race is not for the swift, but for the people who endure until the end.
“I have high hopes for ‘FaithxWork’ and ‘Walk It Out’”, she said.
NagiaSym, who relocated to the United States in 2016, and resides in Savannah, Georgia, was at work when the song came to her.
“I had a little break, so I began scrolling on my phone trying to find this beat. I found the beat and there was a pavement out front, and I began to walk across, and the works – giving 100 not 99 started flowing in my spirit. I turned to the front of the building as if I was in a mini concert, and I just started spitting – and the song just came from there. I came home that night and was persistent in getting it done because I had an awards show coming up, and I wanted to minister the song.”
NagiaSym then went into the studio and put the song down.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God! This is it right here. This is ‘bout to be the song everybody is going to know NagiaSym for.’ So, ‘Walk It Out’ was actually written in less than a week; in studio the next week and we were able to get the song done. And it’s just an awesome song,” she said. It was produced by Logan J. Williams, Sr.
“As a child of God … as a believer, we have good days and we have bad days. We have days when it feels like we ain’t getting a prayer through – and then we have days where all of our prayers getting answered. Listen, even when times get rough and you feel like you want to run away, stay in the race, because the race is not for the swift, but for the one who endureth to the end. And we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against powers, principalities, spiritual wickedness, so you have to guard yourself in the whole armor of God and you have to walk this thing out. You can’t afford to run. No, we ain’t running; we ain’t leaving the race. We’re going to stay right here and are going to walk it out with Him.”
NagiaSym is no newcomer to the industry. She will celebrate her 10th anniversary in the gospel game next year. Albeit, it’s been an inconsistent decade but she said she thanks God because she did not completely fail her assignment.
Her single “Motivated” has been nominated for three S&M Gospel Indie Awards – best new artist of the year, female vocalist of the year contemporary, and artist of the year contemporary.
“‘Motivated’ is a song that God had given me in a time when I had stopped doing music because I was like I can’t deal with this music thing no more – it’s too hard [and] I felt like I ain’t getting nowhere. But God told me, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, so you have to be motivated.”
She was motivated, and the result was her three nominations which she said are a big deal to her, considering innately she is a person that does not like to compete, and not liking competition, would not nominate herself for an award. At the same token, NagiaSym had to come to the realization that it was a mindset she had to change if she wanted to move forward with music. She said she had to adopt a winner’s mindset, and realized that in order to win, most of the time, you have to compete.
“This music ministry has never been a competition for me. I just love doing it. I love singing. I love writing. So, when God changed my mindset, I became more open to these nominations and even being on big shows and stuff like that,” she said.
NagiaSym’s stage name is a combination of her nickname “Netty”, middle name “Georgia”, and last name “Symonette”.
She wanted a unique stage moniker, and kept the “Sym” from Symonette to honor her family’s musical background – her grandmother, recording artist Reverend Dr. Hilda Symonette and her great-granduncle George Symonette who was known as the “king of Goombay”.
NagiaSym has been singing from the age of five, and said she gave her life to the Lord at the age of 15, the same age that she said she developed her unique voice.
“I was born and raised in a Christian home by my parents [Reverends Michael and Hilda Symonette] and also my grandparents [Pastor George Symonette and Apostle Yvette Saunders]. I would consider myself born saved,” she said. “As I began to experience the joy in serving at my church in the choir and dance ministry, I knew the call on my life was permanent, and I had an influence on my peers. The positive influence that I had is what caused me convert and take my walk serious with God.”
NagiaSym’s sophomore EP comes following her debut EP “I’m Coming Out”, which was released in 2015 on which was the hit single “I Love My God”.
“Motivated” featuring Stacs was released in 2019. The single also earned a Bahamas Gospel Music Award best collaboration nomination.
NagiaSym has also performed at the first Gospel Hip Hop Awards in Conyers, Georgia; and in June, hosted an international revival “The Return of The Prophetic Fire” at which she brought together speakers from New Providence and Grand Bahama. She has also ministered at various churches around the state.
“I am very proud of the work I’ve done and how far I’ve come as a Caribbean gospel artist and evangelist,” said NagiaSym. “And after nine years of getting my music off the ground, I’m finally in my open-door season.”