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Bono G does it for Dad

By Ainsworth Morris

Tuesday, July 08, 2014    

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The Jamaica Observer continues to profile finalists in the 2014 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's Festival Song Competition.

EVOL 'Bono G' Holness, a finalist in the 2014 Festival Song Competition, says were it not for the death of his father nearly two decades ago, perhaps he would not be a recording artiste.

According to the singer/songwriter whose entry is Island in The Sun, his father Keith loved singing and, as a child, he admired his voice.

"My father died when I was very young. It is because of his death that I have a passion for music. I remember how he loved to sing in the bathroom and I used to listen to him. I used to look up to him and after he died when I was around 11-years-old, I decided to take up singing in his honour," Holness told the Jamaica Observer.

He said his mother, Shirley Lewis, is also an inspiration.

"She is one of my motivaters. She always encouraged me to sing like my father did."

At 33, Holness has been in the music business for over a decade. Being named a finalist in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's Festival Song Competition is his biggest accomplishment.

"I have always been entering talent and singing competitions but I have never reached this level before. I have entered the Tastee Talent Trail, Digicel Rising Stars and other competitions, but never have I been selected in the top 10," said Holness, who is from Greater Portmore.

Paul Stephenson (also known as JJ Wizzle from SunCity FM), Ratigan, Omar Johnson and Jamar Kelly are co-writers of Island in The Sun.

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