Wednesday, 25 May 2016

GOSPEL SPOTLIGHT: Judith Gayle feels like a ‘Winner’ + Jason Mighty finds ‘Favour’ + Kevin Downswell going ‘All the Way’

‘ALL’ NIGHT PRAISE: That Kevin Downswell is an alum of the JCDC’s National Gospel Song Competition, which played a significant role in launching his career, makes it only fitting that the gospel star is partnering with the cultural agency in launching his hotly anticipated new album, All the Way, on June 4 and taking the show on the road via an islandwide tour, coming to a town near you. Going from coast to coast, our January cover star will share the stage with the top ten finalists in this year’s competition, along with other guest artistes, treating gospel lovers to a praise-and-worship ministry that promises to electrify and enlighten. At the June 4 flagship show, taking place at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, guests performers will include Levy’s Heritage and Carlene Davis. The album itself features appearances by Papa San, DJ Nicholas, Jermaine Edwards, Rondell Positive, Perpetual Praise and the On the Shout Band.

WINNING STREAK: Judith Gayle is another superenergetic Christian artiste who stays busy. This summer sees the arrival of her latest disc, The Winner in Me, for which she’s hitting the road to promote it in a major way: with an album launch concert tour! On July 23, Gayle and her band will kick things off at the Grace Baptist Church in May Pen and on August 13, they’ll grace the stage at the Savanna-la-Mar Open Bible. North American-based fans will not be left out of the celebration: On Oct. 1, the tour resumes at the Family of Christ Kingdom in Bronx, New York, and a week later (Oct. 8) they’ll bring the praise to the New Life Community Ministries in Toronto, Canada. “It’s not just a concert,” Gayle assures her fans, “it’s an empowering movement.”

HIGH AND ‘MIGHTY’: Not many people outside local gospel circles know that Prodigal Son (aka Calvin Whilby) has a younger brother who’s been making a name for himself in the gospel game for quite a few years now. The overseas-based Jason Mighty, who has a handful of hit singles, notable collaborations and well-received albums to his credit, is gearing up to celebrate the release of his newest effort, a 17-track album titled Favour, on June 25 with a big-bash launch at the Miracle Arena in his adopted Toronto, Canada. Among those scheduled to share the stage with Mighty are DJ Nicholas, Kevin Smith, Chozenn, Orianna and One Voice and big bro Prodigal Son.

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