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Travis Gordon uses trial as motivation

— Cecelia Campbell-Livingston

Thursday, July 03, 2014    

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Today, we begin our feature looking at the 10 finalists in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song Competition.

FOR 21-year-old Travis Gordon, being a finalist in the Jamaica Cultural Development commission (JCDC) Gospel Song Competition is a dream come true. His entry is entitled Roll Back the Dark Clouds.

Born in the rural parish of Portland, Gordon spent his formative years the Olivett Boys Home in Manchester, as his mother had died during childbirth. He relocated to Portland in his teens and stayed with his brother and cousin. He received his education at Portland High School.

The singer said he was encouraged to enter the competition by a friend.

"While working at the Empowerment Proprietary School in Portland, I walked over to the JCDC office which was close by, with the intention to enter the Festival Song Competition. My friend there encouraged me to try out for the gospel song instead," he told the Jamaica Observer.

Gordon said he went home and thought about all the challenges he faced growing up. With the help of his friend Albert Laing, the words to Roll Back The Dark Clouds came alive.

"I am glad I am one of the finalists. I got a lot of training and it has helped to build me up some more," he said.

The singer said he's undaunted by not winning the competition as he's using the experience garnered to later launch his music career.

I want to minister to young people, that's my main goal. To let them know that no matter what they are going through, they can become what they want with the help of God," he said.

The finals of the JCDC Gospel Song Competition is scheduled for Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Sunday, July 27.

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