Search on for our– top gospel singer
A lucky Bermudian singer will have the chance to perform alongside some of the world’s top gospel singers and be seen around the world.
The 2011 Gospel Festival will feature noted singers such as Grammy Award winner Bobby Jones, Fred Hammond, Y’Anne Crawley, Mary Mary and Kim Burrell and the winner of the Divine Voices Vocal Competition.
“The Divine Voices Vocal Competition is based on a similar talent search in Bermuda called Singing for Success, but with a gospel flavour,” said Kevin Bean of KDB Entertainment. “This is a huge opportunity for Bermudians for many, many reasons. Firstly, the winner will get huge international exposure with the opportunity to perform on the television show ‘Bobby Jones Gospel’ with Dr Bobby Jones.”
Mr Bean is producing the three-day gospel extravaganza next month, with Dale Jackson.
Dr Jones, a renowned television host from Nashville, Tennessee, will serve as host.
“Bobby Jones Gospel is huge,” said Mr Bean. “It is seen in over 90 million homes in 200 different countries. That is very significant. The winner will also be able to perform during the 2011 Gospel Festival with the headliner of the night. They will have a one-song deal with some minor distribution. We are looking forward to people coming out and really enjoying this.”
Auditions for the Divine Voices Vocal Competition are being held on Sunday, July 31 at 4pm at City Hall. The competition is open to people of all ages. There is a $25 audition fee.
The winner will be decided by a panel of overseas judges including some of the festival stars.
Mr Bean said organisers of the 2011 Gospel Festival had worked to put Bermudians in the middle of the action.
“It is an opportunity for Bermudians to come out and support our own in the midst of the stars,” Mr Bean said. “That is really important to me. Kim Burrell, one of the stars, has made herself available to be a part of that process. She is going to perform as well.”
Ms Burrell has been dubbed this generation’s Ella Fitzgerald.
“Gospel music is hugely popular in Bermuda,” said Mr Bean. “I think it is possibly one the biggest genres of music in Bermuda. There are also lots of people in Bermuda who sing gospel. My mission is to just simply find the very best Bermudian to represent us as a Country in front of 200 countries around the world. That is the mission, to find the best possible candidate, so it doesn’t matter what age they are.”
The 2011 Gospel Festival will be held in the Victualling Yard at the Royal Naval Dockyard August 25, 26, and 27. Tickets purchased before July 31 are $75 per night or $200 for three; VIP tickets are $150 per night or $400 for three. Tickets purchased after July 31 are $90 or $245; VIP tickets are $180 or $500. Tickets can be purchased online, www.bermudagospelfestival.com. For more information telephone 504-8790.