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Levy Heritage wins Gospel Festival final

BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer staff reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

ONE Touch was all it took to win the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's (JCDC) Gospel Festival Song competition, on Sunday at the National Arena.

There was no surprise when Levy's Heritage was announced winner. The siblings wowed the judges and crowd with their powerful delivery of One Touch.

The trio — Ovando, Oneil and Oshin — are children of 2004 Gospel Song winner Lubert Levy.

"I can't believe it... It was unbelievable. I don't have any words to explain," an emotional Oneil told the Jamaica Observer, as they were bustled into their new car — a 2012 Nissan Versa.

The trio also won $300,000, a recording contract with Main Street Records, a weekend for two courtesy of Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort, and a collection of inspirational music courtesy of Music Mart.

They were presented with the winning trophy by the youth and culture minister, Lisa Hanna.

There were some memorable performances throughout the evening, particularly in the first segment when contestants performed a song of their choice from the previous gospel competitions.

Standouts were Terri Johnson-McLean, who gave a spirited rendition of Noreta Lewis' 2000 winner, I'll Make It Through The Valley; and Ancient Priest, whose spin on Rohan Clarke's 2008-winning By Faith earned loud cheers.

But the biggest reception was for Levy's Heritage who performed their father's 2004 winner, More Blessings Again.

Copping second place and $200,000 was Mirriam Hibbert for Prayer Away; third place and $100,000 went to Ancient Priest for I Declare and Decree.

Hibbert was presented with the Spirit of Praise Award, given to the contestant who maintained a spirit of devotion and encouraged the finalists throughout the competition.

The Best Arranged Song went to Grub Cooper for One Touch, while Best Lyrics went to Hibbert for Prayer Away.

Guest performers were Ann Marie Williams and Kevin Downswell.

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