Digicel Rising Star winner: Jody-Kay James takes Season 12 crown


Jody-Kay James on Sunday night won the Digicel Rising Star competition held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica.

Going into the last night of competition, it was all down to singers Jody-Kay James and Marsha K who had clawed their way to the top.

In the end, Jody-Kay a teacher at the St Andrew Technical High School proved she had what it takes to be crowned the winner. She walked away with a total of 11 prizes including $1 million, a development contract with the Ashe Performing Arts Company, airline tickets from Fly Jamaica, a record deal, an album distribution deal, and a Huawei Smartphone.

Second place went to Marsha K (Given name Marsha Kennedy), who previously didn’t make it to the top 10, but was brought back into the competition as judge Conroy Wilson's wildcard. She went home with $600,000, a Huawei Smartphone, and a development contract from the Ashe Company.

Anna Maria, who was placed third the week prior was awarded $400,000.

Jody-Kay joins such champions as Christopher Martin, Romain Virgo and last year’s winner T-Rizzy and some of whom have found their own pop stardom.