Saturday, 29 July 2017

GOSPEL SPOTLIGHT: DJ Nicholas releases fourth solo album + Kevin Downswell wraps up ‘Realignment’ tour

TRUTH & TESTIMONY: Now that he’s based in the United States with the wife and kids, we don’t get to see DJ Nicholas very often, but whenever he does return to the island it’s always a for a worthwhile cause. This month brings the arrival of his latest full-length studio album, The Audiologist (his fourth solo release), which got a well-supported launch at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston on July 21, with a raft of his gospel industry colleagues taking part. Earlier this week, the entertainer, known for his commanding timbre and life-changing testimony, was a guest on TV-J’s Smile Jamaica to perform tracks from the new album with his band. And on Tuesday, August 1 (Emancipation Day), the deejay (aka Nicholas Eccleston) will share top billing with a star-studded lineup at GoSplash at Sugarman’s Beach in Hellshire, St. Catherine. At the event, patrons will also be treated to performances by Chevelle Franklin, Ryan Mark and Grammy winner Tye Tribbett, among several other acts.

POWER & PRAISE: Kevin Downswell loves what he does so much that he’s always seeking out new channels to bring his music and message to the masses. Chapter One of his Realignment Tour which, in partnership with KFC and other sponsors, made stops in St. Mary and St. Elizabeth, culminated with a grand gospel affair at Jamaica College on July 22, with the likes of Rondell Positive, Prodigal Son and the JCDC National Gospel Song finalists adding their unique musical flavours to the praise party. The show was emceed by Ity Ellis, Basillia Barnaby Cuffe and Nadine Blair. On Monday, July 24, the award-winning crooner was the special musical guest at the National Dance Theatre Company’s performance of their 2017 season, in support of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference, at the Little Theatre. It was a quintessential Downswell moment: reflective, vigorous and soul-stirring, as he delved into his catalogue to render hits like “Goodbye World,” “If It’s Not You,” “One Day” and “Stronger.”

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