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JCDC Gospel Song Finalists Star in Reality Series

Published:Saturday | July 16, 2016 | 7:00 AM
The top ten finalists of the 2016 Jamaica Gospel Song Competition.

The top-10 finalists of the 2016 Jamaica Gospel Song Competition, recently made their television debut.

'Gospel Vibes', a reality television series, aired on PBCJamaica, follows finalists, showcasing their journey in six half-hour episodes.

Since 1987, the competition has been organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport.

Steven Davidson, director of marketing and public relations at the JCDC, lauds it as something that has facilitated growth in the music industry, and continues to provide opportunities, locally and internationally, for gospel artistes.

According to Davidson, 'Gospel Vibes', will chronicle the journey of this year's impressive crop of finalists, showcasing all their hard work and dedication, as they vie to take home the prestigious title of Jamaica's next gospel great.

"You see them in studio, on their road tour with Kevin Downswell Ministries, and in rehearsals," Andrea McCurdy, event coordinator for National Religious Services and Projects at the JCDC told The Gleaner. McCurdy explained that 'Gospel Vibes' is not an 'elimination show', as the cameras merely document the top-10 performers on their journey to the finals.

The reality show moves from the audition phase of the competition, and continues all the way to the final showdown on July 31, the first day of this year's Emancipation and Independence celebrations. A gospel concert, featuring all the contestants will be the first of seven nights of entertainment to be held at the Independence Village at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, beginning at 7 p.m.

The winner of this year's competition will be selected from the series, featuring Omar Douglas of St Thomas, Vitalyte of Manchester, Orville Sutherland of Clarendon, Kazak Ministry of St Ann, Jessan Nambhard of Kingston and St Andrew, Marsha Jarrett of St Ann, Sherlon Russell of St Catherine, Derona Davis of Clarendon, and Triciana Simpson and Filicia Williams, who are both of Kingston and St Andrew.

'Gospel Vibes' will air every Sunday, at 6 p.m. with repeats on Mondays at 6:30 p.m., and Wednesdays, at 9 p.m., on PBCJamaica.

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