Adrenaline pumping

Local recording gospel artist Neesha Woodz is expected to release her second music video later this month.

Accompanied by dancers from the Vessels Of Honour Dance Ministry of the Church Of The Nazarene in Collymore Rock last Sunday, Neesha shot the “final” scene for her video Adrenaline on location at her adopted church – the Cave Hill Wesleyan.

Neesha (right) and dance leader Alethea Thomas on location.
Neesha (right) and dance leader Alethea Thomas on location.

The shooting started before a congregation that created a make-belief service inside the Cave Hill Wesleyan Chuch where “worshippers” were directed by choreographer Darmedia Benlevi to sing Andrenaline, just after the “pastor” had delivered the “Word”.

The scene then shifted outside to the grounds surrounding the church, where the taping concluded with the “congregation” joining Neesha in a lively rendition of the song and later climaxing with the Adrenaline Girls (dancers) featuring a special dance routine – and the “church members” this time providing background celebratory support, while the colourfully dressed girls performed their final manoeuvres and jump.

Neesha told High Note that other portions of her music video were shot in St Philip, on the overpass obliquely opposite the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, at an apartment in Warrens, St Michael, and at Stein Hill Studios.

Her first music video, based on the song Precious, was done two years ago.

Adrenaline, a soca gospel number, was written by Neesha and produced by Andrew Drilla Thornhill at Stein Hill Studios. Background vocals are by Laura Ifill, Nicole Maachelle Farley and Thornhill.

Andrenaline, along with I Love My Jesus (soca) are the featured selections from Neesha’s hit albumn, which was launched in April 2013 at the Nazarene Church Of God in Collymore Rock.

In other breaking news . . . plans have fallen through – at the last minute – for four-time Grammy Award-winning contemporary Christian gospel vocalist Israel Houghton to perform in Barbados this year.

Israel, a contemporary worship leader, singer-songwriter, producer and arranger, may still perform here, but fans and followers of gospel music will have to wait until next year.

Israel Houghton
Israel Houghton

Through no fault of theirs, the producers of the concert were forced to abandon it this time, but are seriously considering pursuing the possibility of still bringing this much sought after Stellar, Dove and Soul Train awardee to Barbados.

They told High Note they would have more time now to plan properly for next year, so as to try to avoid a similar occurrence.

Israel, who is usually credited as Israel & New Breed, is mostly known for his cross-cultural style of Christian music that fuses elements from gospel, jazz and rock. He has earned two gold-selling albums and his major awards were for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for A Deeper Level; Best Traditional Gospel Album for Alive In South Africa; and Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album for Love God, Love People.

One of his many songs which has caught my attention and really appeals to me is his “live” performance of You Hold My World during Sunday morning worship at Lakewood Church back in January 9, 2011.

Back in Barbados . . . hundreds turned out last weekend to be part of the Agrofest Gospel Concert in Queen’s Park – and it rocked.

This was so, when one considered acts such as Promise featuring the dynamic and award-winning son of the soil from the musical Leacock family – James Leacock – along with the soulful Tony Lowe and the evergreen Sister Magrita Marshall. It was an evening well spent and savoured.

Sister Marshall
Sister Marshall
Tony Lowe & James Leacock in Queen's Park.
Tony Lowe & James Leacock in Queen’s Park.


And before we exit, just want to remind you that A Few Good Men, the three-man urban pop gospel group, is scheduled to return home
on Sunday night after about half of a year in India, Thailand and Nepal working with Youth With A Mission.

YWAM is essentially a non-denominational movement which prepares young people for outreach work, evangelism, leadership, discipleship and sends them out after high school to gain a sense of purpose when going to college.

We look forward to hearing the intriguing stories from Reeco, Reemon and Kyle. Stay in touch with this column. Blessings on you.

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