His name is Craig Edwards but most know him as Pastor Courvoisier.
And this Ovals-born man’s claim to fame is disc jockeying and comedy. If he sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve heard him spinning tunes on the radio.
Edwards is well known for his one of a kind style and for being the host of several shows on several radio stations, but most notably for his Saturday Morning show, Calypsoca Saturdays on 92.9 Vybz FM, where he’d entertain listeners with a smooth blend of soca hits and his sense of humour.
He calls himself an entertainer who has successfully made the transition from being a Club DJ to a comedian to a radio personality over the years.
It all started in 1992, when he joined a then up-and-coming sound system, Jah Works Sound to expand his knowledge of music. The group had also included DJs Nez and Scratchy.
“We used to go horse racing and play music, all over the place – Ovals ball court mostly and up at the camp in Ovals on Cross Street where we used to practice,” Edwards said.”
I was 11. I loved the music. When others used to go to the arcade and to the court to play basketball, I would go up and listen to the music.”
Edwards said the sound system owner at the time, Kevin “Homicide” Brown, showed him how to operate the equipment and his fondness for music grew stronger.
“By this time, I was in my teens, attending PM School,” he noted.
“From Jah Works, I was all over the place but Jah Works was home. It was the root. It was the foundation. The members disbanded back in 2000 and went their separate ways.”
Following the DJ’s time with that sound system, he left Antigua to “broaden his knowledge.
“I went to Maryland to finish school (Montgomery College, where I got my associates) and again, I got fond of radio and listening to radio DJs up there and how they’d mix music,” Edwards said. “I came back in 2003.”
A few years after his return, he decided to enter a local comedy contest. It was around 2007. The show was sponsored by bMobile and Courts. His gimmick was impersonating a pastor and he won. It’s also the way he acquired his stage name.
When asked if he’s received any flack about the moniker, he responded: “Oh yeah … I’m always being chastised by persons around the island asking, ‘Why you name yourself pastor and then Courvoisier, but I don’t mind the flak. It just shows me someone is listening.”
These days, Edwards can be found playing tunes on SUN FM on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 7 pm to 11 pm.
“Right now, we’re working on a permanent name for the show but you can call it the Courvoisier Variety Show,” he said.