Again as sweet as Honey

The sweet sounds of music filled the Frank Collymore Hall last Saturday night. And not even the bleak and wet weather could dampen the mood set by the Honey Jam (@honeyjambdos) performers.

Sixteen very talented ladies, including one group of three, hit the stage to display their outstanding vocal abilities. And it’s a good thing this was a showcase and not a competition, as it would have been difficult to choose a winner.

Some of the greatest young talent in Barbados was featured, the ladies displaying great versatility and presenting all genres. Their voices were truly sweet like honey.

Performing with the backing band NJ30, who are mentored by renowned saxophonist Arturo Tappin, the young women displayed such confidence and competence that they left the audience wanting more.

A number of original songs were also performed on the night, showing that the girls of Honey Jam are becoming braver and coming into their own.

Current Banks Calendar Girl Faith Callender was exceptional on the night performing her new single Listen Careful, written by Rhea Layne. Faith is no stranger to the stage, and she made this clear with her strong and comfortable performance, which the audience loved.

Rhea, also taking part in the showcase, was quite confident and powerful on stage with her rendition of the ever-popular Am I Wrong?. She was the only one to have backup dancers on the night, who blended perfectly with her energetic performance.

Sixteen-year-old Ieashia Browne delivered one of the greatest showings of the night. Her cover of Christina Aguilera’s Hurt was stellar. And as host Alex Jordan put it, “you have to be great to cover a Christina Aguilera Song”. Ieashia was graceful and gentle with the song, hitting the high notes effortlessly.

Ieashia Browne’s cover of Hurt was stellar.
Ieashia Browne’s cover of Hurt was stellar.

Melanie Jean Baptiste, who has a fascination with musical theatre, delivered a unique but stirring performance.

Melanie Jean-Baptiste: a stirring musical theatre act.
Melanie Jean-Baptiste: a stirring musical theatre act.

Miranda Thomas, winner of Honey Jam Canada, was a special performer. She blended perfectly with the Bajan Honey Jam ladies, giving a fantastic performance of Sam Smith’s Lay Me Down. She was a joy to listen to, the audience hanging on to her every phrase.

Canadian Miranda Thomas: a splendid Lay Me Down.
Canadian Miranda Thomas: a splendid Lay Me Down.

The other performers, who were all amazing, were Tionne Hernandez, Maya Millington, Aleah Searles, Christina Dottin, Lashana Lewis, Josee Burton, Britney Mayers, Emmah, Ashlene Rahman and the trio Decyphia who included Mahalia from the band Nexcyx.

Show producer Ebonnie Rowe should be lauded for the great work she does with the girls. When addressing the audience, Ebonnie described them and the show as the light of her life, and appealed to Barbadians to continue supporting the show.

The ladies performed to an almost packed audience that included Central Bank Governor Dr Delisle Worrell and Dame Maizie Barker Welch.

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