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‘Mission’ accomplished for Charity

Published:Tuesday | April 2, 2019 | 12:10 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer
Reid and Shaw brought the audience to their feet.
Marshall interspersed his performance with testimony.
Koriq in performance at Stars on a Mission
As was to be expected Dr Michael Abrahams delivered a very entertaining set.
Courtni Jackson taking to the stage before her mother Karen Smith.
From left: Harold Davis, Rory Frankson, Carole Reid, Andre Shepherd, Karen Smith and her daughter Courtni Jackson performing ‘You Deserve It’.
Dean Fraser showing that he is a master of his craft.
A powerful performance by Rory Frankson.
Alaine in performance at Stars on a Mission
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The Christ Church of Vineyard Town’s concert, which pulled a full house and with a galaxy of musical acts, was an event worth experiencing.

Pastor of the church, Reverend Father Sean Major-Campbell, was very pleased, telling The Gleaner, “I think it was really a wonderful show, and most impressive is that, we have a number of artistes who were willing, at short notice, to give their time, their talent and just their wonderful craft, all for charity. It is an excellent example of Church and community working together for the common good.”

Held at Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College, on Sunday, the show, which was aptly titled ‘Stars on a Mission’, saw an impressive line-up of Jamaican vocalists. Their selections reflected this, as they delivered sets laced with inspirational and gospel songs.

Stellar Performances

The backing band, Desi Jones and Skool, was the appetiser for the first mission. They set the tone with a jazz fusion. A powerful delivery of If It’s Not You, from vocalist Courtni Jackson, followed. Jackson later joined the cast for the pre-intermission performance of You Deserve It and later, her mother, Karen Smith, who closed the concert.

Smith not only delivered her customary best, but reminded the audience of her range of musical genres, from Ernie Smith’s reggae beat, Jesus Come for All, the jazz rendition, On That Clear Day; and the blues-sounding Why Do Fools Fall in Love.

Andre Shepherd made several appearances throughout the programme. Accompanied by pianist Kamla Hamilton, he opened his account with a captivating rendition of Pentatonix’s Hallelujah. He also provided accompaniment for Lt. Commander John McFarlane, Rory Baugh and Carole Reid. Reid and Baugh were immaculate as a duet, in their rendition of The Prayer, and moved the audience to their feet.

Earlier, Baugh gave an emotive performance of a selection from Phantom of the Opera, that he dedicated to Reid, who is a cancer survivor.

Alaine and Dean Fraser were also exceptional. Alaine commenced her mission with Heart of a Champion, and then creatively wove a gospel medley into a story. Fraser, who delivered two sets, continued to illustrate the charisma and power of the saxophone. Swaying to every note of songs such as God is Truly Amazing and Diamond on the Soles of Her Feet, the maestro was mesmerising throughout his performance.

Koriq, Harold Davis and Wayne Marshall were not to be outdone, either. Marshall, interspersed his songs with brief testimonies before closing with Glory to God. Davis not only went down memory lane, but also carried everyone to church with popular choruses such as Wings of a Dove, and many more.

Comedian Michael Abrahams, change the pace and tone with a request of, “Silence for all the mosquitoes I have killed,” before chastising Man Who Noh Look after Children and those who do not Break the Silence of child abuse. The inaugural event was such a success, the organisers plan to make Stars on Mission an annual event.