Set for Ash Wednesday, March 6, the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition’s free semi-final concert promises patrons a holy and memorable show. Organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) an agency of the Ministry of culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the spirited concert will see the top 25 semi-finalists from across the island compete for a top ten spot at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre, Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, 35 Hope Road, Kingston 10, beginning at 6:00 pm.
Hundreds of entries were received from across the island from persons looking to become the Next Jamaica Gospel Song Ambassador, and after two highly competitive regional auditions and eliminations, the vocally anointed semi-finalists are now eager to out shine each other as they are whittled down to the cream-of-the-crop top 10.
According to Andrew Clunis, Director of Marketing & Public Relations at the JCDC, “This year’s impressive crop of semi-finalists have each brought something extra to the competition in their own unique way. This concert will definitely be a show persons will be disappointed if they miss.”
Clunis continued, “The Jamaica Gospel Song competition continues to provide opportunities both locally and internationally for a lot persons who have entered this competition even those who were not the winner on the final night.”
Along with the 25 semi-finalists, the evening will feature guest performances by Jamaica Gospel Song 2018 finalists: Dwight Fearri, Joelle Notice and Khaipable.
The Jamaica Gospel Song Competition since its inception in 1987 has since become an iconic presentation of indigenous gospel music in Jamaica and attracts over 200 artistes, producers and writers of original gospel music each year. This competition is also seen as another avenue for the unearthing and growth of writers, and vocalists through training with the best within the industry.