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Ernie Smith for McCam Child Care Benefit Concert

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2015 | 3:00 AM

Known for his powerful and unique baritone vocals, Ernie Smith, will again live up to the expectations of local fans, when he belts out crowd favourites in support of the McCam Child Care and Development Centre benefit concert, set to take place at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College, on Sunday, April 12 starting with cocktails at 6 p.m., and showtime 7 p.m.

Smith continues to enjoy popularity over many years on the entertainment circuit, both locally and internationally, due to his wide musical repertoire of hits from the '60s and '70s such as Bend Down, Duppy Or Gunman, Ride On Sammy, One Dream and Pitta Patta.

It comes as no surprise that Smith has received many accolades for his contribution to the entertainment industry. Among them are: The 1972 Yamaha Music Festival Award in Japan with Life Is Just For Living - a song originally written for a Red Stripe commercial, and as a songwriter for Tinga Stewart's Play De Music, which won the 1974 Festival Song Contest. In 1973, he also received a well-deserved honour from the Jamaican Government with The Badge Of Honour For Meritorious Service In The Field Of Music.

Special guests

Other special guests billed to perform at the benefit concert include Myrna Hague, Desi Jones, Jon Williams, AndrÈ Campbell, the Carifolk Singers and the Immaculate Conception High School Steel Band.

Dr Pauline Watson Campbell, executive director of The McCam Centre, said the benefit concert is one of the fundraising initiatives being held by the Centre to help balance the rising operational costs and to prevent these costs from being passed on to parents.

Tickets for the concert are available at Music Mart and the McCam Child Care and Development Centre.