Chad Bryan, Gleaner Writer
Despite the slow start, a few technical glitches and a modest turnout, Genesis, an annual gospel concert held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, was able to soldier on.
In fact, those present appreciated every second, lifting hands to receive God's Spirit, who had been invoked by many of the gospel recording artistes who graced the stage.
The event, organised by Jamaica Youth for Christ, was emceed by Nadine Blair of Love 101 and Omar Letford.
In recent years, Genesis had been held on the evening of New Year's Day, but was this year held in the wee hours of the morning.
THE GENESIS OF 'GENESIS'
Dr Doris Fraser, one of the volunteers and missionaries, explained the change.
"The original concept of the Genesis concert was to have an activity for Christians to meet after watchnight service and for them to be able to enjoy themselves in the Lord. So people would gather immediately or shortly after their watchnight service at a particular venue," she said.
"This time was chosen so that Christians would have something to do and be gainfully entertained".
Although not featuring the primary heavy hitters and other elements which have come to characterise the concert in previous years, up-and-coming gospel recording artistes such as: Jprojek, Blu Isteppa, J-Dat, Sister Nicky, Priest and Alleluia Bwoy, mixed in with a few household names such as: Minister Blesssed, Perpetual Praise, Jermaine Edwards, Portmore Vision Gospel Choir and others, to provide good ministry to those who made it out.
Songs such as: Where You Are, All I have to give, Eye on the Sparrow, I will bless the Lord, Breathe into me, Heaven on Earth and Never grow Old among others, sprang from the lips of those in the crowd as the soul-stirring performances and charges resonated with the patrons.
Interspersed among the performances were light-hearted moments from the emcees as well as album giveaways from the gospel recording artiste Priest, who took the opportunity to launch his album.
Just another Friday, said to be Jamaica's first Christian movie, is set to be released this Easter. The trailer for that movie had its premiere on the night.
The event was brought to a close by Jermaine Edwards.