A show fit for royalty

Yolanda Adams


It was truly song and praise fit for royalty when six Queens of Gospel took to the imperially designed stage at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex of the Wildey Gymnasium last night.

Even though it was not a full house, the quality of musical ministry presented to patrons, was of the highest order.

Homegrown and dynamically talented Laurianne, who got things off and running on the opening night of the inaugural Queens’ of Gospel Concert, delivered an unforgettable and top class performance that set an early trail blazer.

Laurianne’s rendition of I Love the Lord set the bar extremely high for the other five songbirds to follow.

They did not disappoint. Barbados Music Awards Gospel Artist of the Year nominee and leading recording artist Neesha Woodz grooved onto the stage with a few stanzas of a traditional selection before rocking the Gymnasium in her typical soca mode with House In Order, Express Yourself and Adrenaline.

She got an encore before making way for another Barbadian act, Toni Norville who provided a top-draw

Toni Norville interacting with patrons.
Toni Norville interacting with patrons.

performance with songs such as her latest single Back Against The Wall and Survivor.

After taking off her shoes, Toni came down from the stage and interacted with the audience.

Barbados-based Samantha Gooden, whose ministry was sandwiched between the two visiting international headliners – Michelle Williams and Yolanda Adams – fed the couple hundred patrons with excellent classical vocalizing.

But Michelle was probably the one who had the Gymnasium shaking to the roof with her megahit Say Yes. Like Toni, she temporarily abandoned the stage and moved among members of the audience who were by then dancing, singing along and waving.

Michelle Williams shook the Gymnasium with her hit, When Jesus Say Yes.
Michelle Williams shook the Gymnasium with her hit, Say Yes.

Yolanda brought the curtain down with soothing and inspiring selections, interspersed with life changing testimony.  Her awesome vocals and total control took the evening’s concert to heights unknown. The multiple Grammy awardee also disclosed that she was already considering returning to Barbados because felt welcomed and loved the island and its people.

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