'I’m concerned about winning souls for Christ' - Lady Saw downplays award nomination
Minister Marion Hall, formerly known as Lady Saw, has received her first nomination for a gospel award as she has been named as one of five persons up for the International Reggae and World Music Award (IRAWMA) in the category Best Gospel Song for 2016.
Hall received the nomination for her song Jesus in the End and is up against fellow artistes Kevin Downswell, Lieutenant Stitchie and Papa San. A humble Hall told THE STAR that she is happy about the nomination, but is focused on winning souls for the Kingdom of God and not awards.
"I wasn't aware of it (the nomination) because I haven't been interested in awards for years now, even before I got saved, but I appreciate the nomination," she said. "I'm not concerned about that. I'm concerned about winning souls for Christ. Win, lose or draw, once it's Kingdom business, I'm happy."
Hall recently released her debut gospel album, When God Speaks, a compilation she revealed is doing well. "VPAL distributed the album and it's doing good. Everybody loves it and it's just a blessing," she said. Hall also recently released the music video for one of the singles from the album called Room In My House. "I'm just loving life and loving the fact that I can spend time with the Lord. I feel free and happy within. I'm happy with Him."
Dancehall artiste Spice, who was one of Saw's biggest competitions when she was a part of the dancehall fraternity, told THE STAR that she was happy to hear of Hall's IRAWMA nomination, stating that she is proud to see that the entertainer has been making strides in the gospel fraternity.
"Lady Saw did well in the dancehall world and she worked hard to please fans, so I'm happy to see that she's working hard for Christ just the same," she said. "She's doing exceptionally well in the gospel world and I wish her all the best and good luck in taking home that award and winning souls for Jesus."
Spice is also a nominee at this year's IRAWMA. She is up for two awards: the Bob Marley Award for entertainer of the year and Best Female Dancehall Artiste.
Other local artistes up for awards at the 2016 IRAWMA include Jahmiel, Don AndrE, Vybz Kartel, I Octane, Popcaan, Alkaline, Morgan Heritage, Luciano and Tarrus Riley.