Joanna Walker served up a taste of Jesus to land Gospel Song contest
Joanna Walker (right), the winner of the 2019 Jamaica Gospel Song Competition, is awarded the champion's trophy by Culture Minister Olivia Grange on Sunday at the National Arena. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)
Joanna Walker served up a taste of Jesus to win the top award in the 2019 Jamaica Gospel Song Competition finals held at the National Arena in Kingston on Sunday night.
Walker, who represented the parish of St James, was in irrepressible form as she came out on top of an impressive group of 10 finalists who were all winners in their own right.
Her entry, 'Taste and See', caught the attention of the five member panel of judges who must have had a difficult task coming to a final decision.
An unassuming Walker was hesitant to take any of the accolades and gave them all to Jesus.
“It's not about me. Right throughout the contest I learnt to put Jesus first. He was the one that guided me and made me realise that I should put him first and all things would follow. Thank you Jesus,” she told Loop News after her victory was announced and endorsed by the majority of the audience inside the packed National Arena.
In many ways she was on point. Jesus was the winner on Sunday night.
The mood inside the venue was all about him. The audience was very receptive to all contestants and were clearly enveloped in love, harmony and most glaring, adoration for all contestants.
There was never a dull moment.
Walker, who was awarded $1 million for the first prize, also won the sectional prize for best performer. She edged out the impressive duo of Darien Callum and Ricardo Williams who must be commended for their professionalism after one of the microphones they were using to deliver their entry, 'Never Leave My Side', malfunctioned. But the pair seemed unfazed as they interchanged the microphone which remained stable whenever the lead role switched during the song, and came up trumps as they sauntered through their final performance effortlessly.
They received $600,000 for their efforts.
Third place was awarded to Daron Mitchell for his piece entitled 'Already Loved'.
Other sectional prizes were awarded to Mitchell for best musicianship, Callum and Williams for best lyrics, Le-schae Grant for best arrangement, Curtis Rhoden for most popular on social media and Lorenza Rowe for the spirit of praise award.
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