Sweet, sacred Slaughter - Gospel artiste headlines Make a Joyful Noise
Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer
International artiste Alvin Slaughter, along with other gospel singers and patrons at Sunday's Make a Joyful Noise 2014, lived up to the concert's title. He was the main performer for the charity concert's fourth annual staging, held at the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Montego Bay, St James.
Slaughter was supported with backup vocals by the Leharia Singers as he performed several of his noted hits, including Mighty Praise, I Will Run to You, Shout and Midnight Cry, members of the audience standing and singing along with him.
At one point, Slaughter left the stage, having seemingly ended his musical presentation, only to return moments later at the audience's request to deliver a parting gift in Holy Spirit Rain Down.
"We got in last night (Saturday), we sang tonight (Sunday) and worshipped with the beautiful people here ... . It has been sweet, it has been great. And not only did I sing, but I was sung to, and that is what I love about the Jamaican people," Slaughter remarked, following his performance.
"I have been singing full-time now for 25 years and I never thought it would last this long," Slaughter added. "I think what keeps me going is that every year I think will be my last year ... . I feel incredibly humbled and honoured that God would allow me to come and be here in Jamaica."
Make a Joyful Noise was started by the Leharia Singers Ministry in 2011 as a charity event to support the group's education fund for secondary-level students, which this year will benefit six persons. Sunday's staging was the first time an international act was featured.
Other gospel artistes who performed at the concert were the Adoracion group, the Chrysolites, Audley Scott, Harriot Quartet, the Called group, the Kingston-based Kencot Youth Choir, Westmoreland-based Daine Malcolm, and the Montego Bay New Testament Church of
God's Tribe of Judah.
"We are elated that our fans came out to support us and we are glad that God brought us through another season of Joyful Noise," said Leharia Singers leader André Hudson. "Everybody has put out their best for Joyful Noise. It is a charitable event and I am elated that so many groups would reply so positively to our call."