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Gospel ministers rock Portmore with music feast

Published:Friday | April 9, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Milika James, National Chil-dren's Gospel song competition winner in the 11-15 age group category, delighted the audience during Gospel Show. - Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer
Ryan Mark performs during Gospel Show at the Portmore HEART Academy in St Catherine on Sunday.

Anthony Minott, Gleaner Writer

On a day when many Christians around the world were celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, Marva Providence was creating a spiritual healingat the Portmore HEART Academy in St Catherine on Sunday.

Providence, who is based in Canada, had the audience clamouring for more, as her personal testimony, told in song, saw her whispering Jesus' name ("Jesus is the best thing that ever happened to me".)

Soul-searching performance

She sang, danced and taught her audience how to surrender their hearts to God in total worship. She ministered in song Hear My Cry, (Oh Lord), Sing Praises and Pressing On, among others, during her soul-searching performance.

"I'm not only here to entertain, but also to minister," Providence said.

Earlier, gospel reggae artiste Ryan Mark, during a high-tempo set,delivered with God Have Mi Back, Me Nah Go Sin and Can A Man Rob God.

Marvin Fishley complemented the bill well with his singing prowess. He quickly got the audience into his performance, first with the spiritual selection Four Days Late. He also told the patrons to Run Him Away, making reference to the devil, and showed his devotion to the Almighty with I Must Have The Saviour With Me prior to ending his stint with a gospel medley.

Renowned international gospel singer Claude Davis was the penultimate performer. He delivered selections such as Final Call, No More Night, Every Time You See Me Clapping My Hands, and from his new album coming out in August, Do You Know My Jesus.

Guest performer Milika James, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Children's Gospel Competition winner in the 11-15 age group, gave a scintillating performance with Encourage Yourself. She received a big round of applause, and when the crowd requested an encore she obliged, much to the delight of the patrons.