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Local acts deliver at Come Celebrate Jesus

BY HORACE HINES
Observer West reporter

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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MONTEGO BAY, St James – Heavy afternoon showers in the western end of the island last Saturday night did not succeed in watering down the performances at Come Celebrate Jesus in Jamaica at Montego Bay Convention Centre.

The venue was transformed into an atmosphere of worship and praise as gospel artistes ministered through musical selections which had the patrons singing along, clapping, and dancing.

The early acts, which included the Unity Hall Open Bible praise team, Mount Olive Basic School, Montego Bay Youth for Christ Chorale, Foster Triplets, and the 2019 Jamaica Cultural Development Commission gospel song winner, Joanna Walker, set the pace for the more accomplished performers.

Walker, was in irrepressible form as she dropped renditions of Shirley Caesar classics, including Jesus, I l ove Calling y our Name and Taste and See, her winning gospel song contest entry.

Jai Kingston announced his presence in town as he kept the spiritual fire burning hot with selections like S end Judah First, Double f or Your t rouble, Man in the Middle and others.

Closing act Kevin Downswell lived up to his top billing and delivered hits from his vast catalogue, including Stronger, If It's Not You, Goodbye World, Close to You, Enough, and Already Done.

There were also outstanding performances from Flavia Beswick, Jermaine Gordon, and Judith Gayle.

Donald Brooks, who along with his sister Rev Talsey Brooks of BA&D Gospel Production Limited conceptualised the event, expressed satisfaction with the high standard of performances.

“Overall, I think it was very good,” he said.

It was the first time that international acts were absent from the festival's line-up, and Brooks argued that it proved that the local acts are outstanding performers.

One patron, Jennifer Miller told the Jamaica Observer West that she was blessed by the performances.

“This shows that Christians can also party at a gospel concert,” she said.

Part proceeds from the concert will go towards two charities.


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