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CHILDREN GOSPEL SONG FINALS EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) delivered on its promise of an exciting Jamaica Children’s Gospel Song Competition Finals which was underscored by talent explosion and blessing on Sunday, May 25 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

The evening was made special by 24 finalists which included choirs, ensembles and soloists in the 6-10 years old and 11-15 years old categories who captured the competition’s theme, “Blessed to be a Blessing” through ‘glorious singing’. Performances by the finalists and 2013 Solo Winner, Raihanna Mitchell paved the way for what was expected to be an amazing evening.  The programme was emceed by LOVE 101’s Nadine Blair who piloted the audience through performances that had them requesting more.

The 11- 15 Choir category had performances from St. Mary’s High, Salvation Army School for the Blind, Titchfield High and Oracabessa High Schools but it was the magnificent rendition of The Sound by the Salvation Army choir that blew them into first place and Titchfield High School capturing second place.

The 11- 15 Ensemble Category was another class to watch with performances from Salvation Army School for the Blind, Herbert Morrison Technical High School, Papine High School and the group Singing Jewels who copped the 1st place with Something Happens and Papine High School placing second.

Donnica Dennis from the Titchfield High School, Brittney McCallum from the Eber Kinder Prep School, Nastashia Benjamin also from Titchfield High School and Rebecca Bissoon from Thompson Town High School shone in the Solo Category for the 11-15 year olds. It was Rebecca Bissoon’s cover of That Name is Jesus that landed her the first prize with Brittney MCallum placing second.

The anticipated results of the Solo 6-10 Category had audiences on their feet but it was the small stature of Rajae Coleman from the May Pen High and Prep School that

won the coveted prize with his Indescribable performance. Other contestants in this category were Janae McLymont from the May Pen Primary School, Erica Lumsden from the Port Maria High School and Remone Watson from Hanover who copped second place.

The HOH Junior Ensemble Haven of Hope Open Bible Church delivered an exciting performance of Why to win the Ensemble category of the 6-10 year olds. Harmony Sisters from the Corinaldi Avenue Primary School copped second place ahead of Woodford Prep. School and Eber Kinder Prep School.

The 6-10 Choir Category saw robust performances from Kids for Christ Mona Prep. School, May Pen High and Prep School, HOH Junior Ensemble Haven of Hope Open Bible Church and the Cornaldi Avenue Primary School but it was the Corinaldi Primary School Choir who won with the selection Yuh Excellent Jesus and the Kids For Christ choir taking second place.

The evening reached another climax and ended on a high note with performances from guest artiste Levy’s Heritage, 2012 Jamaica Gospel Song Competition winner who had the audience on their feet singing songs of praise and worship.

The JCDC Jamaica Children’s Gospel Song Competition is Jamaica’s premier gospel song contest for children, and continues to provide a platform for talent development and inspiration since its inception. The main sponsors include Grace Tropical Rhythms, Grace Frankfurters, Tastee Cheese, Excelsior, LOVE 101FM, TBC Radio, NCU Radio, Gospel Ja and the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation.

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