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  • A 10-track gospel album, containing songs by the finalists of the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition 2014, was launched on Wednesday, June 11.
  • The 10 finalists, including a four-member group, were also revealed.
  • The finalists have attended workshops to prepare them for the entertainment world.

A 10-track gospel album, containing songs by the finalists of the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition 2014, was launched on Wednesday, June 11, at the Webster Memorial United Church, 53 Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 10.

The 10 finalists, including a four-member group, were also revealed. They are Adrian Dell, Anishca Sinclair, Orville Sutherland, Stacy Ann Brooks-Kristos, Travis Gordon, Aneisha Walker, Chavan Nelson, Jerome Welch, Keneisha Smith, and the group, Servants.

Giving an overview of the Competition, Coordinator, Jamaica Gospel Song Competition, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Leighton Jones, said  over 190 entries were submitted, after which four auditions and eliminations were held in the parishes of Manchester, St. James, St. Mary, and Kingston and St. Andrew.

Mr. Jones said 45 persons were shortlisted and moved on to the semi-finals, which was held, this year, as a concert on, Ash Wednesday, March 5, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston.

So far, he said the finalists have attended workshops to prepare them for the entertainment world.  Some of the topics discussed were: my voice, my instrument, my image, intellectual property rights, and introduction to the music industry.

Currently, he said the finalists are rehearsing for performance opportunities coming up in July and the grand finals scheduled for Sunday, July 27.

Additionally, he said, there are plans for visits to several children’s homes “as a way of giving back, in a tangible way, to our wards of the state.”

“The finalists will spend a day with the children, sharing the word of God and tokens, counselling them, and enjoying a day with them,” he added.

Mr. Jones commended the many sponsors for partnering with the JCDC to make the competition a possibility, and noted the contribution by Almond Productions Limited, which he said provided some $800,000 towards the album’s production.

“It is said that when God closes a door, He opens a window. So when it seemed as though we may not have been able to do an album this year, Almond Productions came to the rescue, having worked with the competition for over 20 years, and decided that they would like to sponsor the production of the album,” he said.

The competition, organised by the JCDC, an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, is being held under the theme, ‘Moving Forward’. It encourages writers and vocalists to challenge themselves in thriving to become the best new artiste/writer for the year, using any genre of music that spreads the gospel of Jesus Christ.