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First Caribbean Gospel Escape a success

Published:Wednesday | June 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM
A section of the crowd applauds the night's opening performances at the first staging of Caribbean Gospel Escape held at the Police Officers Club last Sunday. - photos by Winston Sill
Up-and-coming Gospel artiste, Marlon Christy during his performance at the inaugural Caribbean Gospel Escape at the Police Officers Club on Old Hope Road last Sunday.

Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer

Though off to a late start, the first staging of Caribbean Gospel Escape was by all indications a success. Patrons were left singing praises into the wee hours of the morning as the show brought out the best in gospel entertainment.

From the opening prayer to the closing act, the energy was kept high as patrons sent their best praises to their Creator.

The Police Officers' Club on Old Hope Road provided the perfect location for the Sunday evening escape.

With enough space for free movement, patrons danced up a storm inside the venue. Determined to show that Christians can have fun too, guests put their best moves on display, never letting their energy level drop even as it was getting late.

Stand-out performance

Early performances from Laud Dance Ministry, Jai Kingston (formerly from gospel group Katalyst Crew) and Sister Scully set the mood for what was to come in the next few hours.

Perhaps the stand-out performance from the early segment came from the veteran, Sister Scully.

Though she sat through her performance, the seasoned gospel artiste showed she didn't need to move around the stage to command an audience's attention.

She had guests jumping out of their seats as she thrilled with what the hosts dubbed 'good ole gospel soul food'.

As she belted out hits from her early career, guests enjoyed the nostalgia, some so much so, they didn't want her to stop. Even as her set ended, they begged for more.

Testimonies and declarations of moving on in the faith would come in the latter segment, which saw performances from up-and-coming artiste Dunamis Reignz, Prodi (formerly known as Prodigal Son) and Claudius 'Supa' England.

Life of guns

Reignz, who turned to Christianity from a life of guns, spoke openly about the temptation to go back to that lifestyle before declaring that he would continue his Christian journey despite the odds.

He went on to deliver a powerful set.

England also put in an impressive performance before inviting Prodi and Guyanese native E-Praise on stage.

Together they gave an energetic performance much to the audience's delight.

Sons of Thunder, a group from Trinidad, further ignited the crowd with their worship songs before handing over to the closing acts.

Even at 1 a.m. patrons still wanted more as they watched executive producer for the tour, Kevin Smith and Jason Mighty deliver their sets before DJ Nicholas brought the curtain down on a praise-filled evening.

The inaugural Caribbean Gospel Escape is slated to be an annual event with the organisers hoping to host the event in another Caribbean country in 2015.

The event took place over three days, in Montego Bay last Friday, in Manchester last Saturday, before the final event at The Police Officers Club in St Andrew on Sunday.