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Stars deliver at Live United Concert 4

Published:Tuesday | December 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer
Alaine (right) singing with her mother Myrna Laughton.
Marcia Forbes, chairman of United Way Jamaica.
Levy's Heritage
Wayne Marshall closed the show in fine style.

Live United Concert 4, which was held last Saturday, featured an impressive line-up of Jamaican vocalists who delivered A-class performances. The audience had a treat.

Wayne Marshall was the closing act, and one of the most enjoyed. Among the pleasantries was a 'test' given by the members of the backing band, Fab 5. The band played tunes of the past, and Marshall was challenged to sing a contemporary song

on the same rhythm. He did so to the enjoyment of the audience.

Prior to ending his performance with his very successful Glory to God, the talented vocalist shared his new single, You are My Father, penned in memory of his late father.

Before Marshall brought the audience at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium at Jamaica College, Old Hope Road, St Andrew, to their feet, a number of acts preceded him in the first segment. Among them were Corporal Andre Gillespie, Kimeisha 'Candi' Isaacs, Levy's Heritage, Jermaine Edwards, and Kevin Downswell.

Downswell opened his set with one of his hits, If It's Not You. He also had the younger members of the audience dancing to uptempo gospel songs. So was it for the trio Levy's Heritage, who invited the audience to dance the 'Gospel Rock'.




Isaacs and Edwards tapped into the Christmas spirit, with the former performing two of her favourites - Some Day at Christmas and Oh Holy Night. The latter sang Silent Night while playing the keyboard, and ended his set with Halleluiah. Saxophonist Gillespie, also treated the audience to Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

In segment two, performances came from Nickeisha Barnes, Admiral Bailey and Alaine. Barnes received a rousing response for her flawless delivery of Natural Woman. Admiral Bailey not only brought old-school music and lots of humour, but reminded the audience what it was like when performers poked fun at themselves. He did so effectively with Big Belly Man. With the aid of a medley of love songs, Aliane captivated the audience, especially the females. She ended her story and performance with Bye, Bye.

She told The Gleaner that although she is asked to perform at many such shows, she cannot do all of them. "But there are some that touch part of my spirit, and United Way is one of them. It is such a great movement that does so much for so many, and I am so happy that I am able to lend my voice to something that is so awesome."

Marcia Forbes, chairperson of United Way, organiser of the concert, said the concert was the major fundraiser of the year. "United Way is one of the primary anchors for the private voluntary sector in Jamaica. We support the Council of Voluntary Social Services, the umbrella organisation for nearly 100 voluntary groups."