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Star Awards nomination gives Downswell new feeling

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 12:02 AM
Downswell: I'm truly happy and honoured to be a part of this.

Gospel artiste Kevin Downswell is no stranger to winning awards, but he is still grateful for his nomination in this year's STAR Awards. The Star Awards and Free Concert will take place on Saturday May 30, at Kingston, Waterfront Downtown Kingston.

"It's truly a blessing to be nominated by the STAR Awards. I'm humbled and grateful to be recognised, and of course... to God be all the glory," he said.

Other nominees in the Gospel Artiste of the Year category in which Downswell is nominated, are Omari, Ryan Mark and Jermaine Edwards.

Despite winning other awards locally and abroad Downswell, who is known for the single You Make Me Stronger said each nomination and win is different.

"No two awards are the same. Each award show has a hardworking team in the background doing a tremendous amount of work just so that the awardees can feel appreciated and that I am always thankful for it. So for the STAR Awards it's a fresh joyful feeling. Again, I'm truly happy and honoured to be a part of this," Downswell said.

The nominations are linked to Downswell's work on and off the stage. In January, he released his latest single, The Meaning Of Life. "Its impact is rising significantly. We plan to do the video for that same single in June," he said, noting that an album will follow later this year.

Downswell added that he is currently editing his first book and hopes to have it published soon.

Apart from being nominated, Downswell will be one of the performers at the awards ceremony. Other performers on the show include Spice, Demarco, Chi Ching Ching, I-Octane, Ding Dong, Ishawna Elephant Man, Voicemail, Bugle, Gaza Slim, Kalado, Ikaya and Omari.

The Star Awards and Free Concert is sponsored by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Boom Energy Drink, Pride of Jamaica, CB Chicken, Bad Dawg Sausages, Sugabuzz and the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC).

-Sadeke Brooks