By Arthia Nixon, The Ambassador Agency for
Inspiration With Keith
(Nassau, The Bahamas)… An international pop princess’ patriotic rendition of a national anthem is being hailed as the most inspirational song for 2013, according to a nationally syndicated Caribbean radio show. Teen sensation Angelique Sabrina’s version of March on Bahamaland, the national anthem of The Bahamas, took her completely away from her high energy singles Stop Signand Pull Up when it released as the country was at the height of last year’s 40thIndependence Day celebrations. It also came about as she was named the face for Cable Bahamas.
As for the coveted spot of Artist of The Year, the honor went to Johnathan ‘Jonny’ Farrington. Jonny took 2013 by storm, collaborating with several major names, debuting his music video and single, headlining and being featured in major concerts and serving as a celebrity judge on reality singing show 242Untapped, The Bahamas’ version of Sunday’s Best.
Keith L. Rolle, the host of Island FM’s Inspiration with Keith, spent new year’s day on air counting down the top 20 artists of 2013.
“It was truly a phenomenal year for Bahamian talent,” said Rolle. “I took note of several major concerts and while there were well known international names out there, I was personally impressed to see local talent take the stage as headliners. That goes to show that there is local support and there is enough fuel to get these artists out there internationally.”
Noteworthy, added Rolle, was the diversity when it came to the genres local singers were venturing into.
“The artists on the countdown, came strong with influences from many genres including hip hop and rap, jazz, pop, traditional gospel, rake ‘n’ scrape, reggae and more,” said Rolle. “I’ve been in the industry for over a decade and it really is impressive to see them find their sound and raise the bar. Two artists in particular – Willis and the Illest band and Avalachee – are to be commended for fusing the indigenous Bahamian sound of rake ‘n’ scrape with reggae and hip hop. ”
In the 20th spot was Barz Noble featuring Rudell with What Will It Be while Manifest and Millyon took number 19 with Forever. The St. Anne’s School Choir was the only choir on the list at number 18 with Let’s Dance. Securing the 17thspot was Chesternique with Get Away.
Willis & The Illist’s Survival Psalms with SosaMan was number 16, followed by Monty G’s Jesus I Love You and Avalanchee’s More God. At number 13 is One More Hallelujah by former BahaMen lead singer and Mount Tabor Full Gospel Choir’s Nehemiah Heild featuring Stevie S. I’m Still Here by Lyrically Blessed landed in at number 12 and Lay Down My Burdens by Kenyatta Taylor at number 11.
In order from number 10 to one were Shenique Thurston (Give Him Praise), Jonathan Farrington (It’s Time For Me), Lynn Terez Davis (Sing Hallelujah), V-Mac featuring Jonathan Farrington (Declaration), Averia Rolle (You Are Holy), Truesdale (The Other Side), Ricardo Clarke (Don’t Count Me Out), Puzzle (Rise Up), Javen featuring Johnathan Nelson (Worshipper In Me) and Angelique Sabrina (March On Bahamaland).