The great gospel mix
The gospel music-related events continue to pile on –– between this month and the next. Most of you who follow this genre are already aware of the Queens Of Gospel Concert coming up on February 21 and 22 at the Wildey Gymnasium and Caribbean Praise Fest 2015 –– The Barbados Edition slated for March 28 also at the Wildey Gymnasium.
But add to those, CITA Radio’s Jam 4 The Lamb scheduled for February 27 from 8 p.m. to midnight. This series, which will be staged the fourth Friday of every month, takes place this month at the MERC [Multi-Education Resource Centre] Complex on River Road, St Michael. In store will be a $500 step-up dance competition prize. Prospective participants are being urged to bring their dance team for a chance to be blessed.
This month’s Jam 4 The Lamb will feature Youth Impact with KP and D Switch. However, for those who are not yet aware of the two previously mentioned shows, here we go with the details.
For the Queens Of Gospel Concert, the Saturday, February 21 segment will highlight international headliners Yolanda Adams, Michelle Williams and home-grown royalty Neesha Woodz and Laurianne. The following night will focus on global icons Cece Winans and Erica Campbell, and local queens Sister Margrita Marshall and Toni Norville. Both sessions begin at 8 p.m. and will be hosted by Barbadian award-winning songbird Paula Hinds.
The March 28 Caribbean Praise Fest –– from the producers of the Break Every Chain Concert series –– is a potpourri of Caribbean musical vibes spotlighting Neesha Woodz, De Warrior, Fenton Harry, Shine The Light, Kevin Downswell, among others.
Fenton is an anointed psalmist/gospel singer and songwriter from St Vincent and the Grenadines. He is currently working
on a solo album.
In 2003, the world was introduced to Kevin Downswell, when he won the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s Gospel Competition with the entry song Praise. He also received the award for Most Outstanding Performer in the
In 2005, he had his first major hit song entitled Naah Bow on which he collaborated with DJ Nicholas and Jermaine Edwards. This song won the 2006 Marlin Award for Best Reggae Recording Of The Year and has become an anthem to the youths across the Caribbean. It did not end there, however, as he was one of a few Jamaican artistes chosen to be a part of an international compilation album produced by Tennyson Walters of OFMB, located in New Jersey, United States.
This album went on to become the first reggae album to top the New York and Florida charts simultaneously in 2006. This was something major for Kevin, as his two contributions to this album, namely Evildoers –– Fret Not and Since The World Didn’t Love Me were now being heard across the world in various places, including but not limited to the United States, Japan, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. God was gradually enlarging his territory.
Meanwhile, Shine The Light was founded in the early 1980s. The original members were Gloria Claxton, Lynn Kent, Annalee Polo, Carla Richardson, Carl Bachelor, William Bufong, Corey Kent, and Markie Sexius. The present members are Carl Bachelor, Kenneth Belle, Gloria Claxton, Orlanda Joseph, Lynn and Corey Kent, Carla Richardson and Markie Sexius.
Shine The Light’s ministry travels have taken the group to many locations, including Tampa, Dominica, St Lucia, Tortola, St Kitts & Nevis, St Maarten, Antigua, Barbados, St Thomas, and the Bahamas, where they received the Bahamian Marlin Award for Outstanding Caribbean Calypso Recording Of The Year. They are also recipients of the 2004-2005 Virgin Islands Music Award for Gospel Artist Of The Year.
Shine The Light’s goal is to see souls delivered and made free from captivity, by using the ministry of song. Since 2005, they have hosted The Heart Of Worship on Good Friday.
“This is a free evening dedicated to returning to the heart of worship, where we know God’s passion, grace and mercy for us are revealed when we truly worship Him in spirit and in truth.”
And even though many of us know of the exploits of Neesha and De Warrior, the uninformed should be told Neesha’s big hits include Adrenaline, Express Yourself and Nagga Bow, while De Warrior has become a household name with De Blood, When Yuh Bless Yuh Bless and I Won’t Go Back.
And, finally, make a note of the following dates: May 23 to 31 –– Barbados Gospelfest 2015.