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June 12, 2014
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Denbigh 2014 ready for Gospel Extravaganza

(From left) DJ Nicholas; Senator Norman Grant, president of the Jamaica Agricultural Society; Omari; Dr Claudette Cooke, VP for HRD and PR, Jamaica Broilers Group and Tommy Cowan, managing director of Glory Music. - Contributed

Following a long hiatus from the local stage, the Grace Thrillers returns to the Hi-Pro Denbigh Gospel Extravaganza at Denbigh 2014 on Sunday, August 3 at 6 p.m., at the Denbigh Showground, May Pen, to much anticipation from their local fans.

The award-winning gospel group, which is slated to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Canadian Caribbean Gospel Music on June 14 - will be joined on stage by the island's popular gospel performers Carlene Davis, D.J Nicholas, Omari, Kevin Downswell, Kerron Ennis and Garfield Reid, together with JCDC Gospel Festival finalists.

Members of the Grace Thrillers are considered the forerunners in Caribbean gospel music and a number of performers of that genre have patterned their performance off the group's style.

Produced by Glory Music, the gospel show is about 20 years old, having been introduced by the company's managing director, Tommy Cowan, as part of the entertainment package at the annual Denbigh Show.

"The concept was introduced as an Oldies (Vintage) Show; then it changed to Denbigh Gospel at Sunset. In 1999 the Gospel Train came through with Carlene Davis, Papa San, Judy Mowatt, Junior Tucker, Grace Thrillers and many more. Up to then Glory Music was responsible for advancing funds to cover the cost of production, with reimbursement through gate receipts," Cowan noted.

However, the arrangement between the organizers of Denbigh and Glory Music changed, at which time Cowan approached the Jamaica Broilers Group for sponsorship through its Hi-Pro brand, with Glory Music producing the annual event.

Over the years patrons of Denbigh have looked forward to seeing the island's leading gospel artistes on stage on the closing night of the agricultural show.

At this year's Hi-Pro Denbigh Gospel Extravaganza, Carlene Davis will launch her new album, titled Dripping Blood.

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