Jerome Welsh takes a stand
By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston Observer staff reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
This is another in the Jamaica Observer's series of features on the finalists in this year's
Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC's) Gospel Festival Song Competition, scheduled for the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in St Andrew, today.
AS the hour draws closer to finals of the Gospel Song Competition, Jerome Welsh is confident he will get the strength he needs to overcome his anxiety.
The 21-year-old singer, who hails from Redwood in St Catherine, said he was first attracted to music while attending Cedar Valley Primary School where joined the choir.
That love saw him moving on to McGrath High School where he was a choir member for four years.
According to him, his entry — Rise Up and Stand — was inspired by the word of God.
"It's a blessing to be among the finalists and ministering to others," he said.
"I have been singing from a very early age. I have entered the JCDC festival with my former high school, where my school and I have been awarded many medals," he said.
Welsh said his ultimate goal is to "be able to reach out to the hearts of men and women across the world and to let them know that even in the darkest moment in their life Christ is there and at the end of the day we should rise up and stand for what we believe in."
Being involved in the competition, Welsh is thankful for the lessons he has been taught.
"I have gained musical aptitude and representational skills which have propelled me to excel," he said.