Mica Sings Ella at Mica Sings Ella at Hanover Grange

Mica Sings Ella at Mica Sings Ella at Hanover Grange

Sunday, December 09, 2018

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Mica Paris's voice is not one of those play-in-the-background-while-cleaning or heard-everyday-on-the-radio pop voices. Hers is the kind of voice that could be the soundtrack of a revolution; the kind that makes you wish you had half that talent; the kind that invites the Holy Spirit to wash over the pews of a church. She has enjoyed tremendous fame, sung with Prince onstage and has successfully toured her Mica Sings Ella project all over the world. And on Tuesday, December 5 Jamaica got its turn... once more.

The performance, held at Hanover Grange — the Tryall Club Jamaican holiday home of British philanthropists Andrew and Theresa Roberts — was in support of the Cornwall Regional Hospital and Women's Health Network Jamaica. The charity fund-raising event saw guests from the United Kingdom, the United States and The Rock gather in the estate's drawing room to hear Paris's melodic voice, which is part Dame Shirley Bassey and part Anita Baker, and yes, the audience was caught up in the rapture of it. With the rendition of At Last, the set's second number, guests were unable to withhold their emotions. And why should they have? The intimate performance had the hallmarks of a jazz speakeasy with a dose of a Baptist revival and by the fourth song, the audience was on its feet, clapping and whooping. What the audience did not expect, however, was that the performance was only six songs. When Paris took her bow and ascended the grand staircase, clearly finished, it took over two minutes of chanting “We want more” to cajole her into agreeng to a two-song encore.

Women's Health Network Jamaica is a community-based, non-profit. non-political charity and, since its inception, the NGO has provided health and social-care services to families in underserved communities. Roberts serves as the patron of the UK chapter of Women's Health Network Jamaica. The support for Cornwall Regional Hospital came from two organisations both founded by philanthropist Janet Silvera — Sarah's Children and the Rebuilders of Cornwall Regional Hospital. Sarah's Children is “an advocacy group formed with the objective of caring for and protecting children and the elderly, particularly, those who are disabled”. The Rebuilders of Cornwall Regional Hospital is committed to the rebuilding of the only Type A health facility outside the Corporate Area and is heavily relied on by the residents of Trelawny, St James and Hanover.

Paris has spent 30 years in show business; only the very talented have that longevity. Abu Dhabi news outlet The National described her as “your favourite singer's preferred artist”. Paris has had a number of top 10 singles, has starred on the West End stage and can now add bowling over an audience at Hanover Grange to her list of accolades.

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