Kingston, Jamaica (14 July 2021) - Sterling Gospel Music Awards (S.G.M.A) soars even higher amidst the pandemic, having this year recorded over 30 thousand votes in its People’s Choice categories, from gospel fans across Jamaica, the Caribbean, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Africa, among other regions.
While the pandemic for the second year in a row, clipped the wings on the physical staging of the Awards, the organizers bulldozered through the challenges, to host the second edition of a Virtual Winners’ Reveal for the fifth staging. The show was aired via Television Jamaica (TVJ) and on the station’s online platforms last Sunday evening (July 11).
Gospel Recording Artiste/ Producer and top 2021 Sterling Awardee, Kevin Downswell, made a giant comeback from 2018 to cop four Sterling awards at this year’s reveal showcasing. He won three awards for the song Carry Me in the categories for Local Hit of the Year, Local Hit Producer of the Year and Video of the Year; while his virtual series, Conversations with Kevin Downswell, won the award for best Virtual Series of the Year.
Reflecting on his inspiration behind Carry Me and why he believed the song resonated so well with local and international Sterling voters, Downswell said:
“From ever since, whenever I get a song, I get everything... I get baseline, keyboard, everything; but you have to have the right people around you to help bring to pass what you can’t do by yourself. I might be the vessel that the Lord chose to release this song, Carry Me, but I quickly recognized that this song did not belong to me alone, it belonged to everybody”.
The Mac 11 singer, Orville Sutherland, who is a first-time Sterling winner lit up the scene, having led the nominations, contending in seven categories, walked away with two awards: Male Artiste of the Year and E.P of the Year.