El­ton Ear­ling­ton, fo­cused on mak­ing mark in mu­sic

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Shere­ita Griz­zle Gleaner Writer

IGICEL RIS­ING Star’ 2016 win­ner, El­ton Ear­ling­ton al­ready has his sights set on mak­ing it big in the mu­sic in­dus­try.

Clearly over­whelmed, an emo­tional Ear­ling­ton, who won the ti­tle af­ter nine at­tempts, told The Gleaner that he never gave up be­cause of his love for mu­sic.

“I am very grate­ful for this win and very happy that I never gave up,” he said, ex­plain­ing that now the com­pe­ti­tion is over, he will be look­ing on to greater things. First on his agenda is find­ing the right team.

“It will be all work from here on, no rest, no break. I am go­ing to take the judges’ ad­vice and find the right team be­cause mu­sic is what I’ve al­ways wanted to do. I am go­ing to use this plat­form to the best of my abil­ity, try to stay cur­rent and re­main on top,” says Ear­ling­ton.

Ear­ling­ton, who hails from Trelawny, walked away with 1.5 mil­lion dol­lars in cash and an Al­ca­tel smart­phone for his ef­forts. Se­cond-place win­ner Monifa Goss re­ceived $600,000 and an Al­ca­tel smart­phone.

The newly crowned win­ner was also granted $1.5 mil­lion to kick-start a com­mu­nity devel­op­ment project, and Ear­ling­ton al­ready has his sights set on help­ing the Eve­lyn Peterkin Ba­sic School. As a past stu­dent of the in­sti­tu­tion, Ear­ling­ton said he de­cided to help be­cause he re­alises that the school is in dire need of proper bath­room fa­cil­i­ties. The school which caters to tod­dlers does not have a bath­room ad­join­ing the build­ing, so stu­dents have to trek out­side when­ever they want to use the bath­room, a re­al­ity Ear­ling­ton wants to change.

“The ba­sic school is a stone’s Dig­i­cel Ris­ing Star 2016 win­ner, El­ton Ear­ling­ton

throw away from where I live, and as a past stu­dent ,I see the need, and I want to help,” he

said. “My daugh­ter is two and will be at­tend­ing the school soon, and I don’t want her or any other stu­dent to be un­com­fort­able, so I’m go­ing to as­sist them with a bath­room.”

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