JCDC gospel song auditions begin Tuesday

January 20, 2017
2016 Jamaica gospel song winner Marsha Jarrett.

The Jamaica Gospel Song Competition will kick off its 30th anniversary year with regional auditions, starting on Tuesday.

Organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), the competition challenges writers and vocalists to become the best new gospel artiste/writer of the year by expressing themselves through an original song.

"This is one of, if not the most successful gospel competitions in Jamaica, and it opens doors for a lot of new artistes, both local and internationally, every year," said Stephen Davidson, director of marketing and public relations at the JCDC

"A lot of our entrants have gone on to build a solid music career, including Kerron Ennis, Kevin Downswell, Lubert Levy and Glacia Robinson, to name a few," he continued.

The first regional audition will be held at St Mark's Anglican Church Hall in Mandeville, Manchester, on Tuesday. The following day's auditions are at the Hollis Peter Lynch Hall Holy Trinity Church, Westgate, St James. Thursday, January 26, will see auditions being held at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Port Maria, St Mary, and the final audition will be at Eastwood Park New Testament Church of God on Friday.

Persons who entered and were not successful in the first elimination have another opportunity to audition at one of the other locations.

However, they must do so with a different song. All applicants must be 16 years and older and a resident of Jamaica. All auditions start at 10 a.m., with registration at 9 a.m.

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