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Children's Gospel final tomorrow

Published:Saturday | May 19, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer

About 250 youngsters from schools, churches and community groups from all across the island will vie for honours at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) Children's Gospel Song Competition tomorrow at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. Showtime is 7 p.m.

The Children's Gospel Song Competition is seen as Jamaica's premier gospel contest for children, and it continues to provide a stage for ministry and inspiration after a decade of existence. As such, the JCDC strives to create a greater appreciation for the inspirational music culture in Jamaica, while putting the nation's children on show during this significant Child Month.

In celebrating Jamaica's 50th anniversary of Independence, the competition will be staged under the theme 'Jubilee: First Fruit and Harvest', and will see competition across several categories, including solo, choir, and ensemble. The three categories will accommodate children from the 6-10 and 11-15 age groups. Winners of the competition will walk away with various prizes, including scholarship awards, gift packages, trophies and cash incentives.

"The celebration of 50 years is symbolic to the teachings of Christendom and identified as a year of jubilee, where saints were instructed to take the first fruits of harvest to the Lord," said competition coordinator Leighton Jones. As such, he expects the competition to be fierce. "The finals will not just see entertaining pieces but strong competition among the youngsters in all categories," he said.

gospel song finalist debut

The competition will also see the debut performance of the Top-10 Jamaica Gospel Song finalists for 2012, and there will also be special appearances from Joshua Lewis and Bradley Sutherland, the 2011 Children's Gospel winners in the solo category. The show will be hosted by Love FM's Basillia Barnaby, with Markland Edwards as his co-host.

Major sponsor GraceKennedy, which has been with the competition for the past six years, is excited by what is in store for this year's renewal.

"Grace is always excited to help develop and expose the great talents that our children have, and we are looking forward to fantastic performances," said Nicholas Bramwell, Grace's brand manager. Tastee Cheese, Yummy Bakery, Love 101 FM and Kirk Distributors are also sponsors.

Tickets cost $800 for adults and $400 for children. According to the JCDC, group rates are also available for tickets purchased in batches of 15 or more at the JCDC head office, Music Mart (Twin Gates Plaza), Portmore Mall Pharmacy, or Music Depot in Clock Tower Plaza.