Review: The Premier Gospel Awards 2017
Premier Gospel Awards is a music event that acknowledges the wonders of Gospel Music and artists.
Award winners are chosen by the voting public allowing attendees to participate in the voting process and acknowledge their own personal favourite artists listed. The categories included Best Female, Best Video, Best Song, Best Newcomer, Choir of the Year, Best International Act, Best Male, Best Group and Best Album.
The second annual event was held at Rock Tower in Tufnell Park, North London, a grand space that displays structural history but also has an updated contemporary interior design. The high ceilings and open space had great acoustics and filled the building with sounds from the live house band and entertainers alike. The venue has two seating levels; the upper glass balcony seating – which was filled with selected VIPs and the ground floor which was allocated to ticketholders.
The event hosts, The Compozers and Lady T entertained the crowd and the audience were encouraged to do a synchronised post of a crowd photo or video with a countdown to send from own social media accounts.
It was a jammed packed two and a half hour show with a number of live performances from UK gospel music artistes including Volney Morgan and New Ye, a youth gospel choir of about thirteen singers who were full of high energy. It was amazing to hear such uplifting soulful voices and each member danced in a way that reflected their own personalities. The Jordan Family are a high spirited and united family choir of about ten (including mum, dad and adult siblings) who offer gospel with a rock and roll or blues undertone, a combination of uplifting backing harmonies and synchronised dance movements. Previous MOBO award winners, G Force, a collective of three rappers were very popular with the crowd. Zoe Grace raised their voices in a unique harmonised way to the beats of hip-hop mixed with heavy bass. Andrew Bello, two young singers gave us some gospel with Afrobeats. Oyinbo Jesu gave us an evangelical gospel performance. Marky T and Nadine Marshall had the crowd singing and dancing to some gospel reggae. Reapers Choir sang a gospel arrangement of classic ‘Oh Happy Day’ and were joined by Rachel Kerr for an uplifting RnB gospel arrangement of ‘Mary Mary – Praise You’.
Lurine Cato (Best Female)
Bobby Bovell featuring Dennis Bovell – Love Love (Best Video)
Leke – Unstoppable (Best Song)
Volney Morgan and New Ye (Choir of the Year)
Travis Greene (Best International Act)
More Information: https://www.premiergospel.org.uk/Premier-Gospel-Awards