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Jonathan Nelson brings joyful noise to MoBay

Published:Wednesday | July 17, 2019 | 12:00 AM
American gospel singer, Jonathan Nelson.
Jermaine Edwards

American gospel singer Jonathan Nelson, has been booked as the headline act for Leharia Ministries’ Joyful Noise concert, to be staged at the Montego Bay Community College auditorium on Sunday, July 28.

His Jamaican counterpart, gospel reggae singer Jermaine Edwards, who is not only basking in the success of his It’s a Beautiful Day single but is on the cusp of releasing his sixth album, I Will Follow, will also take to the stage, along with compatriot vocalists Jodian Pantry and Carey Sayles, as well as gospel quintet HUMBLE.

Andre Hudson, a member of Leharia Ministries, pointed out that all proceeds from the concert will go towards charity.

“The ministry has been on almost all major gospel concerts staged in Jamaica, and we felt like it was time to minister exclusively in the form of a concert.

Now we are in our ninth year, and I am elated that it has been successful thus far,” Hudson explained.

“This concert enabled us to donate $100,000 to the Mental Health Department of Cornwall Regional Hospital in 2011. In 2012 we were able to launch our Educational Scholarship Fund and were able to present scholarships of $25,000 each to students from various secondary-level schools. Over the years, several students have benefited from this initiative, and this year’s proceeds will go directly towards the sustenance of the fund,” he added.

Leharia, which is currently working on a gospel album, maintains that wholesome Christian music is an effective tool for outreach and the upliftment of those in need. The ministry anticipates that this initiative will open the door for many others.

The event, being touted as family-friendly, has released early-bird tickets for adults and children at various outlets.