The 12 finalists of the Gospel Festival Competition, 2006, are set to battle it out on Saturday, 29 April at the Lions Centre in the final showdown to be crowned Gospel Festival Champion, a press release said.
Finalists are Garth Garricks, Nadine Thomas, Lrona Eccleston, Opal Lorraine, Shirley Minott, Chane Watt, Georgia Isaacs, David Morgan, Roderick Brown, Huber Simms, Carlton Clemmings, and a group of four singers called Clarity. Each entrant will be performing two songs; their own gospel festival song and a song of their choice. The winner of the event will receive a cash prize of $3,000.
The concert will also feature Dian Henry, singer of hit song, Oh What a Day.
The finalists will also perform at a special concert to be held Saturday, 1 April at All Nation’s Church. The concert will launch the new album by last year’s festival winner, Sandy Martin, entitled Jesus is Real. The concert will also showcase the 12 finalists singing as a group and highlighted parts of their individual songs as well as gospel singer Kessa Peart.
The Gospel Festival, now in its fourth year, started with a pre-elimination round held 31 January, marking down the original entries from 40 to 25. On 25 February, at the West Bay Playing Field, the semi-finalists competition took place and 12 finalists were selected. Keesa Peart, last year’s Gospel Festival winner who tied with Sandy Martin for first place, opened the concert with a few well-chosen choruses.
Karen Chin, Gospel Festival Co-ordinator, said: ‘We are very proud of the contestants who have done a great job to date. We are looking forward to a great time at the finals. We are encouraging everyone to come out and support your choice, as an important part of the points is crowd appeal.’
Tickets are available from the Gospel Festival Committee on 327-1768. Tickets cost $10 pre-sold, or $12 on the gate. Children cost $5. Show time is at 7pm.
Tickets for the concert on 1 April are available from the All Nations Church. Tickets cost $8 pre-sold, or $10 on the gate. $5 for children under 10. Show time is at 7.30pm.