Marcia Rowe, Gleaner Writer
Two of the members of the musical group, Levy's Heritage are still too young to drive the car they won in the 2012 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song Finals, but that has not stopped the trio from charting their own path in the music industry.
Their latest venture was the launching and subsequent release of their CD One Touch, titled after their winning entry last year.
The Gleaner caught up with the group of three siblings Ovando, Oshin and Oneil, after another energetic but more confident performance at the JCDC Gospel Song Finals 2013. They expressed their gratitude to the JCDC for providing the avenue for their musical ministry and how things have changed for them since their victory.
In preparation for the competition last year, the young performers were disheartened by the notion of having to wake up early for rehearsals. So a year later, not having to do so was one of the welcome changes for Oneil, the younger of the two brothers. "We don't have to wake up early again, thank God."
That does not mean they have stopped rehearsing. In fact, now its "fun, it is not hard now as it is not for a competition". However, they still pray on a regular basis and fast once per month to keep up the spirituality, because although their job is ministry, it is still "warfare".
Oshin, the lone female of the group, said another change is the perception people now have of them. "Normally, persons see us as children who sing with our father, but now we are our own entity, a group, ministers in the gospel and not just backup singers or musicians for our father. And we are happy for the exposure and the change."
While Ovando, the older brother and leader of the group, said, "Because of the exposure, we have been getting shows all over the place. And now that we have a name to bring across the message to the nation, we are just using the opportunity to minister. We are not just here for the showmanship, we are here as true young Christians and children of God, and to encourage other young people that they can genuinely serve God with all their hearts."
"We recognise that we now have a responsibility to represent Christ to the fullest. Our mission is touching the hearts of people and bringing across the music in the best way we can," he added.
They are all grateful to the JCDC, through its gospel song competition, for making it all possible. "We are elated and thank JCDC for the exposure," said Ovando.