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On the red carpet: Adrian Jones, Fred Jerkins, Tricray Astwood and Veryl Howard at the 2019 Stellar Gospel Music Awards Awards in Las Vegas at The Orleans Arena (Photograph courtesy of DarkChild Gospel)

Bermudian gospel duo Last Call have notched up two top spots on the Billboard charts.

The hit song Victory, by Adrian Jones and Tricray Astwood, is now No 1 on the Gospel National Airplay Chart after they seized the top spot in the Gospel Indicator Chart last December — where it has remained for the past 19 weeks.

Mr Jones said: “It’s an amazing feeling to have the No 1 gospel song in the US. The simple fact that Last Call has been around for just four years and has accomplished so much in so little time is mind-blowing.

Mr Astwood added: “Two No 1s is an amazing accomplishment.”

Last Call’s chart success coincided with a decision by Fred Jerkins, the president of the US-based DarkChild Gospel label, to sign the duo. Mr Jerkins said: “Last Call has the entire world declaring victory ... I’m honoured to sign them to the DarkChild Gospel family.”

The duo said signing to the label was “a dream come true”.

Mr Astwood said: “ It’s been a long time coming, but we are here. We love our label and management and couldn’t ask for a better team.”

The two said they were surprised when they heard they had topped the Billboard Gospel National Airplay Chart because singer Kirk Franklin’s latest song was predicted to grab the top spot.

But they added signing with DarkChild was an even sweeter moment.

Mr Jones said: “This is my biggest achievement in the music arena by far.

“It’s very encouraging to know that a very reputable label would invest into us and our dream.”

He added that he was from a musical family and was proud to add to their legacy.

Mr Astwood said: “Since I was 16 years old, I’ve wanted to sing professionally and now the time has come.

“Working with Apostle Veryl Howard of Faith Management and Fred Jerkins of DarkChild is simply the best outcome.”

The duo said signing to the label was also a major achievement for Bermuda as they were among a handful of artists who had reached such a high level.

They added they hoped their achievement would inspire other Bermudians.

The duo first performed Victory last November at the Gospel versus Cancer concert to raise funds for the Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre.

The song, written in 15 minutes and first rehearsed just two weeks before the event, was a hit despite the rush.

Last Call flew to Atlanta to record the song with Mr Jerkins three weeks after the event and he included it on his cancer awareness album, A Project of Healing.

They performed last week at the pre-show for the music Stellar Awards in Las Vegas where they got the chance to walk the red carpet.

The duo said their schedule had started to fill up with international and domestic dates.

More information can be found on Last Call’s social-media handle, @lastcallworship, and on their website, lastcallworship.com. The duo will perform at Uplift Bermuda with Cindy Trimm-Tomlinson on April 19 and 20 at TN Tatem Middle School.

They will also be perform with For God’s Purpose at the Bermuda Day Parade next month.

Last Call duo Adrian Jones and Tricray Astwood, seated, sign with the DarkChild Gospel label. Sharing in the moment are Fred Jerkins and Veryl Howard (Photograph courtesy of DarkChild Gospel)