It’s finally here. The much anticipated Break Every Chain concert, headlining double Grammy Award nominee, 2013 number one Billboard gospel artist and Motown gospel artist Tasha Cobbs out of the United States.
Tomorrow night, hundreds of gospel music seekers are expected to converged on the Wildey Gymnasium of the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, hoping to find an early seat before the 6 p.m. start of this mega event.
Apart from Tasha’s, patrons will also get the opportunity to be mesmerized, inspired and blessed by the vocal sounds of another visiting legend, this time from the neighbouring Caribbean island of Jamaica. We are talking about the award-winning reggae and gospel songbird Carlene Davis.
Many no doubt would still have fond memories of Carlene –– before her restoration to Christ in 1996 –– for such secular hits as Stealing Love On The Side, Like Old Friends Do, Going Down To Paradise and Winnie Mandela. But now she is singing a new song –– to God’s honour and glory, Carlene is known for This Island Needs Jesus, Nothing But The Blood, Nobody Greater, Threshing Floor and her latest release One Handful of Salt.
In an interview with High Note yesterday, Carlene said she planned to sing a brand new song in tribute to the late South African icon, freedom fighter and president Nelson Mandela at tomorrow’s concert.
“My main reason for being here, is to support the Break Every Chain charity initiative concert. And it’s about reaching the youth here in Barbados, through the Child Care Board, the various orphanages, to help bring them back into society, once they have completed their time in the orphanage, to prepare them,” the singer explained.
“What better way to go about it than to bring the Gospel that Jesus Christ saves, that Jesus loves them; and it’s through the love of God, that they will be able to cope,” she asserted.
This beloved reggae and gospel vocalist informed High Note that if there was one thing she would like to take away from tomorrow’s concert is to know that people come to Christ.
“That it wouldn’t be just another concert . . . to be an opportunity to save lives, to speak into the lives of even some of us who are struggling; we probably have already accepted Christ, but we are still struggling with our walk,” declared the queen of song.
“Yuh know, one foot in and one foot out . . . you know, that was my experience. I knew the Lord from when I was young, but as I grew up, I sort of went on my own and God used cancer to draw me closer to Him, and I believe there are many people out there who are struggling; you know, they are tempted with the things of the world and not remembering, unless the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain, you know?” Carlene pointed out.
Other guest acts at tomorrow’s Break Every Chain concert will be top Bajan recording artist Neesha Woodz, who recently shot her new music video Adrenaline; De Warrior, another local artiste with perhaps the biggest following in the island and who is in massive demand across the region, along with Praise Academy Of Dance, another national outfit whose services are in large demand.
Stay tuned to High Note for breaking news from Carlene Davis coming soon, as well as breaking news of yet another local gospel radio station, which is expected to be officially launched shortly. Just to let you know that this radio station is not the same one to which we referred in an earlier article and which is still pending.