By Arthia Nixon, Ambassador News Agency
(Freeport, Grand Bahama) Kelda ‘Timeless’ Sweeting, The Bahamas’ undeniable queen of gospel reggae will be switching gears when she takes on the role as workshop director – and she’s bringing along some of Grand Bahama’s leading ladies in gospel music with her. The ladies are gearing up to take the stage for the first major concert of the new year, the highly anticipated and aptly titled Let The Women Sing.
Taking center stage with the backing of a 50 member choir are local soloists Debbie Jones, Bridget Rolle, Vashta Richardson and Tia Pennerman. The choir will be directed by veteran choir directors Valencia Brown, Marleia Pinder and Kelda Sweeting.
The concert takes place at 7p.m. January 13 at the historic Community Holiness Church in Martin Town Eight Mile Rock.
Sweeting, who serves as founder and concert director, explained why she decided to host such an event.
“Upon returning to Grand Bahama in 2001, I sought to find ways to bring more exposure to the local gospel music scene that had either been overlooked or under developed,” she stated. “This birthed the vision in 2004 to begin working with women on the island whose voice in the gospel music arena seemed to have gone silent due to a lack of continuous exposure. Even though I was helping in small ways, I would not begin to make a significant contribution to affect this change until September 2011 when the first Let The Women Sing grand gospel concert was held in Freeport at the Hilton Outten Convention Center.”
That inaugural concert featured poetry, soloists and an all female mass choir. Considered to be an overwhelming success, Sweeting noted that it was a great experience working with women from different denominations all with one purpose in mind – to sing praises and worship God together for one night on one stage.
“I am looking forward to the concert being hosted at the new venue,” admits Sweeting. “I chose to go there because Community Holiness was the first church in Grand Bahama, besides my home church at the time, to call on me to conduct workshops with their sanctuary choir and I thought it would be a wonderful experience to take the concert to a part of my beginnings as a choir/workshop director.”
“Me and the entire Let The Women Sing committee look forward to a tremendous outpouring of praise, worship and celebration on concert night and invite the whole community to come on out and be blessed and ministered to by the talents of our very own women of song in Grand Bahama,” she beams.
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