“Prayer Warrior” by Keneisha Smith has been selected as the 2014 Jamaica Gospel Song. Smith’s entry topped the competition after an intense face-off between the contestants at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Sunday, July 27.
Keneisha, who started singing at age six said she stepped out in faith and asked God to help her inspire people through songs. Upon walking away with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) trophy, cash prize of $400.000, a recording single, gift baskets and prizes in addition to the Best Performer and Best Lyrics prizes, Keneisha plans to do more music as well as taking the Christian ministry more seriously.
Orville Sutherland walked away with the second place award for his entry, “Cool Shade” and third place awarded to Adrian Dell with “Blessed and Highly Favoured”. The People’s Choice Award was presented to Aneisha Walker and the Award for Spirit of Praise given to Anishca Sinclair. The contestants including Adrian Dell, Anishca Sinclair, Stacy-Ann Brooks Kristos, Aneisha Walker, Jerome Welch, Servants, Orville Sutherland, Travis Gordon, Keneisha Wilson and Chavan Nelson all delivered impressive performances of a cover and original song.
The attendance at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre resounded with the important role gospel has played in Jamaica’s development and entertainment value over the years. The audience was kept on their feet throughout the performances particularly during the performance of guest artiste Joan Flemming who thoroughly entertained the crowd.
The evening’s programme was emceed by the energetic Markland “Action” Edwards.