Welcome Barbados Gospelfest 2010 Artiste Ministers!

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Papa San is an internationally renowned, Jamaican Gospel reggae and dancehall singer, songwriter and producer who committed his life to Jesus Christ in 1997 after receiving what he describes as a “supernatural visitation”.
The Barbados Gospelfest Mass Choir has its origins in the creation of the very first Mass Choir which was established as part of the inaugural Barbados Gospelfest staged in 1993. This year, they will create a first for a choir at the festival -- a live video and audio recording.
Founded in the 1980's, the award-winning Gospel group, Shine the Light, has travelled quite extensively, especially in the Caribbean. Their goal is to see souls delivered and made free from captivity through the ministry of song and is reflected in their hosting of "The Heart of Worship" held every Good Friday.
Within seconds of listening to Antonio play, you’ll know you are listening to something special. Antonio’s musical gifts are God-given. He grew up playing in his mom’s church and now travels extensively sharing his music with the world.
Barbadian singer/songwriter, Kellie Cadogan, is the 2010 Jazz Artiste of the Year (Barbados Music Awards). Her debut performance on the music scene came at the Cool Jazz Series’ Discovery Segment in May 2006 and the following year she was the headlining act for the final Cool Jazz Series held in May 2007.
Musician, singer, prolific songwriter, music educator, producer and instrumentalist, Shane Forrester is a musical all rounder who was born into a family of musicians and exposed to the music industry from an early age.
Norwill Simmonds’ musical journey began at age nine when he entered a talent show at Salt Spring All Age School in Jamaica and wowed the audience with his rendition of a well known reggae song. Today he uses his undisputably special talent in the service of the Almighty God.
Praise With Steel is a Gospel steel band based in the UK whose music is described as “the sound of Gospel music infused with the Caribbean”. Praise With Steel's ministry supports the vision of the group’s local church whose mission statement is based on Reaching, Ordering, Commissioning and Keeping.
You don’t know how funny Willie Brown & Woody are until you see them. They’re not just your average comedian/ventriloquist team. Brown takes a different approach to the age old craft by making it fresh, new, and hip for today’s more savvy comedy audiences.
Kevin Downswell is a Jamaican-born Gospel recording artiste, who discovered he could really sing at age 13. His ministry was launched when, in 2003, he won the JCDC Gospel Festival Competition with the song “Praise”.
CYI (Christian Youths Incorporated) began in November 1990 when five students from the San-Fernando Technical Institute’s Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship in Trinidad, all around the age of 17, decided to start a music group.
Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica Sista Michelle, (Michelle McKenzie) was has been singing and writing gospel music since childhood. Determined to birth forth the gift of music God placed on the inside of her, Sista has ministered at several events in the US, England, Europe and the Caribbean.
Linda 'Chocolate' Berthier is a Jazz/Reggae/Contemporary recording artiste, whose hit single "Feeling The Vibe" won the Best Jazz Single Award at the St. Lucia Music Awards.