Sweet like honey!
They were celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Honey Jam showcase and the 15 ladies definitely showed up and showed out, making this one of the most fabulous showcases to date.
Organizer Ebonnie Rowe should go ahead and take a bow for a job well done this year.
The sweet sounds of music filled the Frank Collymore Hall, as each lady boldly displayed their innate musical ability and thoroughly entertained the sold old audience.
Their voices were indeed sweet like honey and they displayed much versatility as they presented all genres.
The ladies were backed by a talented group of musicians who only added to the overall brilliance on stage. Special mention must be made of keyboardist Dwayne Norville and drummer Melvin Alick who definitely shone on their own and stood out from the pack. These two were late additions, but without Rowe making mention of that, one would never have been able to tell as they showcased quite extraordinary talents while on stage. Take a bow gentlemen.
Dawn Marie Springer was definitely one of the highlights on the night and she took the audience straight to church.
She took to the stage full of radiance, along with 10 backup singers, to close out the first half with the gospel piece I Can Only Imagine.
Springer was very deserving of the standing ovation she received and left the audience wanting more.
Hunnie Devon, whose vocal range spans three octaves, gave a chilling rendition of Lie With You. She had the audience hanging onto her every word and humming right along with her.
Ieashia Brown is definitely no stranger to the stage, and her professionalism and experience were evident in her short but powerful rendition of Jennifer Hudson’s One Night Only. This was among the best performances of the night.
Ashlene Rahman, who performed an acoustic version of Jealous by Labrith, backed only by Norville on Keys, hit every note and brought goosebumps to many in the audience.
Kamilah Ellis also gave a very soulful performance of A Change is Gonna Come and the crowd loved it.
Kristen Walker was the final scheduled performer and she could not have brought it to a more perfect end, with her flawless performance and graceful moves across the stage.
Barbadian singer Nikita, who helped to mentor the girls throughout this season, also took to the stage and showed off her tremendous vocal skills in the Mary J Blige hit I Can Do Bad All By Myself. She was simply amazing.
Melissa Megan, winner of Honey Jam Canada, was a special performer and she blended perfectly with the Bajan ladies. She gave a fantastic performance of the country hit song Stay originally recorded by Sugarland. She was a joy to listen to.
The other performers, all of whom were excellent, were Zoe Armstrong, Quissa Baptiste, Kathleen Cothran, Mikki King, Jamie Leacock, Valentine Meniaud, Ashleigh Phillips and Jenn Proverbs.
Rowe should be lauded for the great work she continues to do with the girls.
Addressing the audience, she described them and the showcase as the light of her life and her baby, and appealed to Barbadians to continue supporting the show.