Funding for its 2014 season is currently the focus of Honey Jam Barbados, which hosted its final session recently at the Frank Collymore Hall.
Over the course of two nights, 19 artists took to the stage and wowed the crowd with spirited renditions representing a variety of genres including soul, rock, jazz, country, reggae, gospel, hip hop and R&B.
One of the highlights of the evening was when 15-year-old Ieashia Browne, who sang Man Down, was spontaneously joined on stage by the writer of that song, recording artist Shontelle Layne, who flew in from New York to be a panellist at a workshop for the artists the day before and stayed to attend the concert.
Recording artist Vita Chambers also flew in for the workshop and concert and both she and Shontelle joined the artists on stage for a freestyle at the end.
Music executives from Canada, England and New York were also in attendance, including the head of Warner Chappell Music Publishing Canada Vivian Barclay, A&R Rep from Universal Music Canada Ivan Evidente, the North American managers of both Shontelle and Vita,
UK Music Industry Executive Paul Russell along with local notables such as producer KB Sharp, LIME Marketing Executive Rachel Pilgrim, BIDC Head Dr. Leroy McClean, businessman Harold Morley, poet Adrian Green, manager Philip Forrester, Artists Kellie Cadogan and Tamara Marshall, lawyer Stewart Mottley, and the Central Bank Governor Dr. DeLisle Worrell.
The Saturday show included a swinging after-party with a DJ in the Grande Salle and kicking Live Band in the courtyard led by local bandleader Marius Charlemagne.
Show producer Ebonnie Rowe put out an appeal for funding going forward, saying she wants it to be “Honey Jam Goes Glam”, which was the theme of the weekend’s events.
(Photos provided by Honey Jam)