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JCDC's 'Moving Forward' delivers catchy songs

Published:Monday | July 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM
The JCDC Gospel Competition is one of the major events used to mark Jamaica's Independence celebration.

Marcia Rowe, Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC)-produced CD, Moving Forward, is more than a showcase of the entries of the 2014 annual Gospel Song Competition. It is also a collage of catchy and uplifting songs that are well delivered.

The singalong lyrics, creative arrangements and the high vocal quality of the 10 original songs, make the CD worth listening to, as the songs are rendered with fervour and spirituality by all the contestants.

music selections

The first selection is Blessed and Highly Favoured, by Adrian Dell. It is arranged to a moderate reggae beat. Likewise, The Word of God by Anishca Sinclair, Unchanging Love from Aneisha Walker, and Rise Up and Stand by Jerome Welch. All, in their lyrical content, amount to testimonies of God's power and blessing on the singers.

It is a more mento-sounding beat for Stacy-Ann Brooks Kristos with Give Me Jesus and Orville Sutherland's Cool Shade.

Sounding just as good and lyrically appropriate, competitors Servants, and Travis Gordon with Free At Last and Roll Back the Dark Clouds, respectively, going for a slower reggae beat, takes listeners straight to the altar.

Not to be outdone, Keneisha Smith, with a sprinkling of DJ, takes a no-nonsense approach to the gospel in Prayer Warrior. "Ah Jesus mi sey," she defends her cause with conviction.

So it was at the beginning, so it is at the end, the last selection on the CD, Turn Around for Me, Chavan Nelson's entry, is also arranged to a moderate reggae beat. He, too, sings with some degree of passion.