Jamaican gospel music broad-caster Arnold Kelly is the recipient of the President's Award in the 2010 Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards.
He was recognised for his contribution to the development and advancement of gospel music in the Caribbean, particularly when it comes to the media, during a ceremony held recently at the Diplomat Centre in Nassau, Bahamas.
Kelly, who has been in the gospel music industry for the past 24 years, is the first Jamaican to receive this award since its inception in 1996.
"I feel a sense of pride knowing that God has given me an opportunity to make a difference in someone else's life and ministry is always a sweet reward for doing what I do," said Kelly. "The fact that music is an effective vehicle for messages that can influence lives positively bring into sharp focus the need for artistes and producers, in general, to ensure that their work is designed to effect such a change."
Kelly has been associated with Caribbean gospel music for the past 10 years, as host of the weekly broadcast of the 'Caribbean Breeze', an afternoon programme on Caribbean Gospel Network (CGN) - while working at LOVE 101 FM - and, in more recent times, the 'Caribbean Hour', which airs on 10 regional radio stations once per week with co-host, Linda Berthier.
Served on panel
In addition to being the official broadcast team for The Marlin Awards, Arnold served on the panel of judges for at least five consecutive awards and has also been a presenter at The Marlin Summit.
Commenting on the award to Kelly, Kevin Harris, president and CEO, Harris Communications and producers of The Marlin Awards, said: "This year, we had no difficulty in making our selection, as we have been observing Kelly and the work he has been doing over the years, helping to advance the career and ministry of so many artistes in the region, creating platforms and opportunities for growth in the Caribbean gospel music industry."
After several stints at various print and electronic media in Jamaica, Kelly joined Love 101 FM in 1994. In 2006, he resigned from Love FM to join the Media Services Department at Northern Caribbean University (NCU) as coordinator of media affairs. He now serves the newly formed NCU Media Group in the capacity of acting manager for NCU FM 91.1.