Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer
As a trained percussionist who has worked with the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Damian and Stephen Marley, fast-rising star Denver D owned the Talent Stage on the final night of Jamaica Jazz and Blues in Trelawny.
The musician, whose real name is Denver Smith, offered a sizzling 20-minute performance that had patrons engrossed with his skills on the instruments and the microphone.
From an uptempo rendition of Bob Marley's Redemption Song to demonstrating that We Will Stand, Denver D and D' Family made a clear statement with their performance that it is time to graduate to the main stage at the music festival.
Original songs such as Igwengo, Riverside and Anna underscored his musical depth and that he has something different to offer to the entertainment business.
Denver D has amassed a wholesome musical catalogue that time did not allow to be performed but he connected with the audience at Jazz and Blues. His fan base certainly grew.
Danced and interacted
Reggae soul artiste Mario Evon held nothing back as he sang, danced and interacted with the audience throughout his performance on the Talent Stage.
His mellow voice and charismatic persona won the crowd over with his rendition of Turn Your Lights Down Low to start his set. He showed poise as he took a female fan by the hand and sang his original, Love In Da Morning, to her, much to the delight of the audience and the lucky young lady.
The crowd quickly caught on to Soul Tek, the song he used to cap his set and signal his course in the music industry.
Mario covered Miguel's Do You but craftily put a reggae spin on it, the audience appreciated. He was to do the same with his rendition of Boys 11 Men's Water Runs Dry.
The Black As Cole band used every opportunity to showcase their talent and their lead singer Cecile did them justice in putting the group on the map.
With original songs such as Black As Cole and Love Sick, the group proved it was well on its way to making serious inroads into the business.
Mystical Revolution did well, entertaining the audience and showing their worth as credible musicians.