Jo­dian Pantry fight­ing crime in Claren­don through mu­sic

The Star (Jamaica) - - ENTERTAINMENT CENTRAL STAR - CE­CELIA CAMP­BELL-LIV­INGSTON STAR Writer

Gospel singer Jo­dian Pantry has thrown hat into in the ring with those try­ing to bring about peace in Claren­don. Pantry, who hails from Claren­don, started her ef­fort in 2015 when she launched Gospel Tenac­ity in Lionel Town. It is an anti-vi­o­lence gospel show, which Pantry says aims to com­bat crime by cre­at­ing a friendly, safe and peace­ful en­vi­ron­ment for ev­ery­one to feel safe. There are per­for­mances, as well as so­cial­is­ing and bond­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

The next stag­ing of the event will be held in May Pen on New Year’s Day, fea­tur­ing Wayne Mar­shall and Alaine, JaBez, Goddy Goddy, Ro­han Hayles, Kevin Heath, Chozenn, Lu­cas and, Sadra Madonna Lind­say.

Ex­pound­ing on the show, Pantry said that ac­tiv­i­ties will be­gin at mid­day with ‘Fi Wi Cul­ture’ that will have per­for­mances from school choirs, dancers and soloists from schools in the parish.

Pantry said that since the first stag­ing, the aim has al­ways been to go be­yond “Je­sus and prayer.”

“We also gave birth to this event be­cause we re­ally want to as­sist with touch­ing and im­pact­ing lives in the parish by giv­ing back to per­sons who are sick and those who are not liv­ing in proper con­di­tions,” Pantry said.

She added that part pro­ceeds from the last stag­ing of the event went to eight-year-old can­cer pa­tient Jero­dene Bai­ley, who has since suc­cumbed to the ill­ness.

“We were able to con­trib­ute to her fam­ily, and come Jan­uary 1, 2019, we will be as­sist­ing a 45-year-old vis­ually im­paired to have bet­ter liv­ing con­di­tions,” she said.

Pantry said that her ul­ti­mate goal is to ac­com­plish peace in the parish and to reach those who may be feel­ing ne­glected, hope­less and os­tracised from ev­ery­thing and ev­ery­one.

“I want them to feel alive when they at­tend Gospel Tenac­ity. They will feel the love, warmth and ap­pre­ci­a­tion the mo­ment they en­ter the venue,” she said.

Look­ing ahead on a per­sonal level, Pantry said that come 2019, she will be head­ing to Mikey Ben­nett’s Grafton Stu­dio to work on her first gospel al­bum.

Jo­dian Pantry

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