Talent prevails at JCDC Children's Gospel Song finals
The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre came alive last Sunday night, as the most talented junior soloists, choirs and ensembles from across the island put on an extraordinary show at the Jamaica Children’s Gospel Song Competition grand final concert.
Organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport, the concert got under way promptly at 6:30 p.m., as 24 finalists competed for the prestigious national title in their various categories.
With each performance, the contestants made the job of the judges on the night very difficult. Delivering one stellar performance after the other, the contestants left the audience in awe as they not only performed but ministered to those in attendance.
The first set of performances came from the contestants in the 11-15-year-old choir category. Contestants from Oracabessa High School, Titchfield High, Balmagie Primary and Haven of Hope (Open Bible Church) sang their hearts out, delivering words of encouragement and hope as they performed.
Haven of Hope was one of the standout choirs in the category. Singing their arrangement of Lord You’re Mighty, the choir wowed the audience and left them stunned by their vocal quality, so it was no surprise when they were later announced as winners in the category.
Titchfield High copped second place. In the 6-10 age group category, Mona Preparatory fought off stiff competition from Alpha Primary, Rollington Town Primary and May Pen Preparatory to walk away with the title. Their spirited rendition of When Jesus Says Yes, had the crowd dancing out of their cheers and earned them the championship title.
Performances in the ensemble categories were up next.
In the 11-15 year old category, Bog Walk High, Papine High and Haven of Hope put on a great show. Each performance had its moments but at the end of the night, Haven of Hope walked away the victors with Papine High placing second.
In the 6-10 category, members of the Harrison Memorial Preparatory from St James, Trench Town SDA Basic and Crescent Primary ensembles, turned up the energy inside the venue another notch with great performances. Trench Town SDA Basic, the only basic school in the competition, won the hearts of the audience and judges, with their performance of, I Will Shine. The tiny tots were just too cute to handle and it was hard to not love their performance. Although their performance was great, they were placed second, as Crescent Primary stole the spotlight with their high energy performance of, Ride Out Your Storm.
The night’s marquee performances were next as the solo performers took to the stage. Sydera McDonald of Duhaney Park Primary, Kevin Scott and Taville Henry of St Aloysius Primary and Mikhail Wilson of Alpha Primary, were the performers in the 6-10 year old category. Belting out the lyrics to some of the most popular Gospel songs on the market, the young contestants had the audience totally captivated by their performances.
Each contestant had their ‘wow’ moment, but when the scores were tallied, the boys from St Aloysius Primary walked away as the big winners. Kevin Scott placed second, while his schoolmate, Taville Henry, copped the national title.
Abigail McLawrence of Haven of Hope, Toshtica Sang of the Salvation Army School for the Blind, Alaina Graham of Alpha Primary and Audia Spencer of St Catherine, showed off their vocal abilities and left the audience wanting more after their performances. Sang who wowed with her version of The Battle is the Lord’s and Spencer with her rendition of Mary Mary’s Yesterday were the standout performances. Both young ladies not only performed but ministered to the hearts of the patrons and were each deserving of the title.
Spencer walked away the victor. Her performance not only won her the title of champion in the 11-15 year old solo category, but she also won the title for Best Performer courtesy of Sweetie Confectionery.
The 24 finalists competed for cash prizes and trophies from sponsors Chase Fund, Tourism Enhancement Fund, Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, Grace Frankfurters, Crazy Jim Ice Cream, Love 101 FM, Happy Ice, Jamaica Corporative Credit Union League, This Is Really Great Yogurt, Excelsior, Grace Tropical Rhythms, NCU FM, Sweetie Confectionery, TBC Radio and Lifespan Spring Water.