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Gayle slays with praise... and fashion

Published:Wednesday | October 16, 2019 | 1:32 AMMarcia Rowe/Gleaner Writer
Judith Gayle in performance.
Judith Gayle in performance.

Last Saturday evening, the Ministry of Judith Gayle took her promotional vehicle to the spacious Swallowfield Chapel in Kingston. The turnout, however, was low, but that did not affect the advertised praise fest. Through songs and testimonies, the talented gospel artistes kept the audience active with praise.

But Saturday’s show was not just another ‘singspiration’, it was Gayle taking her ministry to another level by launching her second book, Had I not Known, along with her CD, Judith Gayle Breakthrough, and a collection of fragrances, skirts, as well as handbags. She called the launch ‘Slayed with Praise 2’.

The title of the show was influenced by an experience of the biblical hero David, she told The Gleaner.

“Your praise is a weapon against the enemy. No matter what you are going through, the moment you open up your mouth, even in your weakest moment, and praise God, you kill your giant,” Gayle explained.

Opening act, Sabrina Witter, was on message, as she commenced the musical segment of the unorthodox launch with I’m No Longer a Slave to Fear. Carey Sayles continued the praise with a more uptempo beat with songs such as Lift Him Up, before MCs Markland Edwards and Davine Buthler redirected the audience to the purpose of the show. The book was highlighted by way of mentioning its title, while the collection of skirts was brought to life in a fashion show.

High-energy atmosphere

The energy generated by the display of the skirts, of varied sizes and lengths and boasting original patterns, was picked up by comedian Mr Handsome. He had the congregation laughing out loud with familiar and new satires on Christendom.

An energetic Kevin Heath was followed by Jermaine Gordon. Both continued to slay through songs and personal testimonies.

Gayle was the closing act. She opened her set with a spirited performance of a new song, I’m Gonna Slay Them with Praise. But, prior to performing songs from the album, Breakthrough, she departed from the musical ministry to one of a different sort; the exchanging of gifts between Gayle and Nadine Blair.

The gift to Blair, a sparkling crystal, was in appreciation of her role in helping a then seemingly arrogant Gayle, become grounded. Before making the presentation, Minister Gayle said as a young Christian and a member of the vocal group, Perpetual Praise, founded by Blair, she learned how to get “rid of self” for the Lord. Blair presented Gayle with a framed citation highlighting her achievements.

Then, it was time to introduce the songs on the 10-track album, but only the title track made it, as the budding entrepreneur segued into a moving personal testimony and a song that she loves, Stay With God.