‘Take Me To Jesus’ by Gamel Grant emerged the winner on Sunday night in the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition 2009. The event which was held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre is a part of the country’s festival celebrations. Grant was rewarded $500,000 along with other prizes for his efforts.
There were screams when Kimiela Issacs’ ‘Reassurance’ was announced for second place. She won $150,000 for her song entry, $50,000 for being the Best Performer along with other prizes. Third place went to Andre Wright who won $100,000 with his entry ‘Man O God’. Nickette Morgan got the most popular votes. Kimola Brown, who entered ‘Sen’ Down’ earning $10,000 for showing the most care and concern for and encouraging her fellow finalists.
The finals which attracted a large audience ran smoothly. The sound was excellent (and since most of the entries were reggae or dancehall, the bass was carried deep and clear) and the stage decor was simple but effective.
Guest performer, Jabez, hit the spot with the crowd, saving ‘I’m Drinking From My Saucer’ for last to have the crowd lapping up his music ministry before the winner were announced.