WORSHIP LEADERS: The 2018 crop of finalists hail from Portland, St. Ann, Kingston and other parishes.
IT’s that time of year again, when the over two dozen semi-finalists in the National Gospel Song Competition, organized by the JCDC, is whittled down to the top 10 finalists who will vie for cash and prizes valued at over $1 million. As in years past, the class of 2018 is an exciting and eclectic mix, with contestants hailing from several different parishes.
Kingston and St. Andrew is being represented by LaWayne Thomas (“24/7 Contact”), Crystal Chambers (“The Christ in Me”), Lloyd ‘Father’ Reece (“Bright Morning Star”) and Joelle Notice (“Keep the Faith”). St. Ann’s candidates are Travis Allen (“There is No Greater Love”) and Kenrick Lynch (“End of All Things Is at Hand”).
St. Catherine natives Adeoluwa Adeoye (“You Oh Lord”) and Dwight Ferrari (“God’s Coverage”) also have their eyes on the prize, as do Portland’s Daynea Deacon-Jones (“Wayward Worship”) and Hanover’s Shaundre Cowan (“Worship – Victory Edition”).
The winning entry will be revealed during the Emancipendence celebrations this summer.
Head of Marketing at the JCDC, Stephen Davidson, has high praises for the judges who had the “tough” job of choosing a final 10 from the large pool of worthy contenders, who all lived up to the calibre of the annual competition, now in its third decade.
Established in 1987, the National Gospel Song Competition continues to unearth and showcase outstanding talents from across Jamaica, many of whom go on to establish viable recording careers in the gospel sector. Notable past winners and finalists include Kevin
> HE DID IT AGAIN!
Hearty congrats are due to Kevin Downswell, who copped the award for Favourite Gospel Artist at the recent Your View Awards ceremony in Kingston. A past winner at the YVAs, Downswell’s new album, Realignment: The Live Edition, arrives later this month.