Adrian Dell hoping for JCDC's blessings
This is the fourth of a 10-part feature looking at the finalists in this year's Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song Competition.
WITH his entry Blessed and Highly Favoured, Adrian Dell is counting his blessings for making it to the top 10 of the 2014 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song Competition final.
According to the 21-year-old, lyrics came about from experiences he had while attending the William Knibb Memorial High School in Trelawny.
"One of my friends was going through a very difficult time in her life... spiritually and emotionally. In encouraging her, I told her that no matter what happens, people will say what they want, but at the end of the day, she's blessed and highly favoured. Things were happening in my own life and I had to start speaking to my situations declaring: 'I'm blessed'. The song just came after that," he told the Jamaica Observer.
Dell said the song also speaks to the country.
"We are a blessed nation. We see it countless times, when we are spared the wrath of Nature. It's just amazing, some people call it luck. I call it blessing and favour," he said.
Dell said he initially wanted to pursue a career in broadcasting, but got sidelined by his love for music.
He represented his school in the JCDC Festival of Arts Competition receiving several awards as a soloist and a member of the school choir.
Despite those experiences, Dell said he feels "a bit nervous" going into the finals scheduled for Sunday, July 27, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew.
"It's amazing how God has brought me thus far, so I'm very grateful and I count it as a blessing," he said.
A student at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, the singer currently attends Harbour View Gospel Chapel in St Andrew. He said his mission is to spread the Gospel of Christ.
"I'm currently writing other songs, which I hope to start getting out very soon," he said.
— Cecelia Campbell-Livingston