Int’l gospel act Kierra Sheard for Kingston Jerk and Gospel Mu­sic Fes­ti­val

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Cur­tis Camp­bell Gleaner Writer cur­tis.camp­bell@glean­erjm.com en­ter­tain­ment@glean­erjm.com

THE OR­GAN­IS­ERS of the Kingston Jerk and Gospel Mu­sic Fes­ti­val have con­firmed that in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Grammy-nom­i­nated gospel singer, Kierra Sheard, will be head­lin­ing the Oc­to­ber 17 event, which is set to take place at Hope Gar­dens, St An­drew.

Event or­gan­iser and front­man at Chozenn Me­dia Group, Min­is­ter Duane ‘Chozenn’ Be­sen­tie, who started the event just three years ago, told The Gleaner that the fes­ti­val will cater to all age groups.

“It’s a whole­some fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence. Food, fun, fash­ion and mu­sic will be the or­der of the day,” he said.

Mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor for Chozenn Me­dia Group, Shanelle Bethune, be­lieves that Kierra Sheard’s ad­di­tion to the show will add value to the an­nual food and mu­sic fes­ti­val.

“We have signed the con­tract and she is ex­cited about vis­it­ing Kingston. This year’s fes­ti­val ex­pe­ri­ence is highly an­tic­i­pated and we look for­ward to the lives of many Ja­maicans be­ing trans­formed through this min­istry. We de­clare break­through, de­liv­er­ance ... we are just su­per ex­cited to see how the Holy Spirit moves,” she said.

Kierra Sheard, to date, has re­leased six al­bums, top­ping sev­eral charts, and is also the daugh­ter of vet­eran gospel singer/Grammy award win­ner, Karen Clark Sheard, and Pas­tor Drew Sheard. Also an en­tre­pre­neur in her own right, Kierra has also helped to trans­form the fash­ion in­dus­try with her own Eleven60 cloth­ing line, which has graced run­ways in New York, Lon­don, Paris, Tokyo, and Seoul.

The artiste also ven­tured into re­al­ity TV in 2013 when, along with her fam­ily, she launched The Sheards, which was a re­al­ity show hosted on in­ter­na­tional ur­ban me­dia out­let, Black En­ter­tain­ment Tele­vi­sion (BET).

In ad­di­tion to Sheard’s per­for­mance, a strong con­tin­gent of lo­cally based gospel acts like Kevin Down­swell, Chozenn, D-Mur­phy, Ano­vah Love Jones and the dy­namic Joseph Emanuel are also ex­pected to hit the stage.

The event will also fea­ture Mobo Award-win­ning UK gospel artiste and preacher, Isa­iah Ray­mond Dyer.

Gates at the Kingston Jerk and Gospel Mu­sic Fes­ti­val will open to the pub­lic from 12:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.

Not to be left out of the mix, a full day of en­ter­tain­ment has been sched­uled for chil­dren and par­tic­i­pat­ing par­ents. The venue will fea­ture me­chan­i­cal and non-me­chan­i­cal rides, Ja­maica Karate Club demon­stra­tion and the highly an­tic­i­pated Celebrity Cook-Off, which is set to com­mence at 2 p.m. The 2015 win­ner for the lat­ter com­pe­ti­tion, record­ing artiste Mr Lexx, is set to de­fend his ti­tle.

The Kingston Jerk and Gospel Mu­sic Fes­ti­val has also ex­panded its en­ter­tain­ment fea­tures this year to in­clude a Jerk Epi-cen­tre, Food Court, Shop­ping vil­lage, DJ Spin-Off and a Fash­ion Show.

SPON­SOR SUP­PORT

The event is spon­sored by TVJ, Clear­sounds Pro­duc­tions, Cari-Med, Hope Gar­dens, Best Dressed Chicken, ATL Au­to­mo­tive, Pu­rity, It’s Pixel Per­fect, Wind­sor Ridge and Sign Chan­nel, Hawk­eye, Love 101, Mega Jammz, Ja­maica Cul­tural Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion and the Ja­maica Tourist Board. Food part­ners in­clude Rabb-Eats with their sig­na­ture Jerk Rab­bit, Scotchies, Fish­pot, among a host of others.

Tick­ets are avail­able for pur­chase at York Pharmacy, La Vega Pharmacy (Span­ish Town) Port­more Mall Pharmacy, Genus Pharmacy (Brae­tonPort­more), To­tal Gas Sta­tion Duhaney Park, Tutti Frutti (Loshu­san Bar­bican), Hair Ex­treme (New Kingston Shop­ping Cen­tre) and Di Spot at UWI Mona.

“It’s awe­some lo­cal culi­nary fused with the world’s best gospel tal­ents, 100 per cent Christ-cen­tred. It could have been Kingston Jerk Fes­ti­val, but no, we went gospel. The move to Hope Gar­dens was strate­gic, be­cause you can cater to a fam­ily set­ting bet­ter and the en­tire day is fun-filled. Gospel is what the peo­ple need to cause a trans­for­ma­tion, and peo­ple should come out for a whole­some fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence and we will be jerk­ing ev­ery­thing. We have the best restau­rants on board and we will not be short-chang­ing the peo­ple,” Chozenn told The Gleaner.

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