Gospel In Harmony, a gospel showcase featuring some of the very best acts in the genre, will be staged by Premier Events on Sunday, May 29, 2011, at the National Arena in Kingston, Jamaica.
Popular international gospel duo, Mary Mary, will be headlining the event and they will be joined on stage by Thrillers United, Prodigal Son, One Voice and the Kencot Youth Choir.
According to a spokesperson for Premier Events, “We recognise that there is a plethora of reggae and dancehall concerts on the island and for that reason Premier Events has taken the bold step to inject a breath of fresh air into the mix with a cutting edge gospel event catering to the entire family.
“The success of gospel shows, such as the recently-concluded Fun In the Son points to a dire need for more family-oriented events such Gospel In Harmony. Premier Events has selected the best of the best for this musical feast, which, although branded ‘Gospel’, definitely has mass appeal,” the promoter stated.
Sister act Mary Mary will undoubtedly prove a huge drawing card as their contemporary, cross-over hits have garnered for them millions of fans worldwide, both within and outside of the gospel arena.
Ever since the siblings – Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell – broke through in 2000 with the pioneering crossover hit “Shackles (Praise You),” the chart-topping sister act has never wavered from defying convention to fulfill its mission: sending uplifting messages through music and words that are relatable to everyone.
Eleven years later, having earned three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, an NAACP Image Award and a BET Award, the “Mary Mary way” sounds just as fresh and innovative on the duo’s sixth album, the aptly titled Something Big.
Among Mary Mary’s popular numbers are Can’t Give Up Now, Yesterday, Heaven and The Real Party.
Also eager to get the real gospel party jumping will be Thriller United. It’s been a while since this group performed on the gospel stage in Jamaica, and the Shirley Willis-led praise and worship troubadours are in high spirits. Willis is gearing up to give her first big performance in Jamaica since her miracle recovery from the accident which left her in a coma for weeks.
Thrillers United comprises Sandra Brooks, Leroy Smith, Shirley Willis, Karlene Bartolo and Patricia Archer.
The group, the former members of the Grace Thrillers, has not been tempted by the secular world of entertainment, and have led the gospel scene for years both in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Today they have regrouped with the name Thrillers United.
Joining in the harmony of the concert will be the group appropriately named, One Voice. In November 2001 Andell Haughton, while attending the then Mico Teachers’ College had an idea to start a group that would consist of males and females. At the time Andell was singing with a male quintet group called Quest but felt compelled to put together a diverse ministry. Being guided by the Holy Spirit and encouragement from friends, Andell recruited a few friends and eventually, One Voice became a reality.
Sunday, May 29 will be the perfect time to catch the group at this Premier Event promoted show.
Many-time award-winning performer, Prodigal Son, is no stranger to the gospel arena and he should be on fire as he goes through his paces for his fans. Interestingly, Prodigal Son has performed alongside Mary Mary on two occasions and he is definitely anticipating this reunion.
“And I am looking forward to enjoying the evening with the Kencot Youth Choir,” Prodigal declared. “I am not Adventist, but everyone knows that they have a special gift when it comes on to singing,” he stated.
Gospel In Harmony promises to rejuvenate the soul through music.