Neesha Woodz has been recognized as the best Flame Awards Gospel Artiste in Barbados.
Woodz, who was earlier this year crowned Female Gospel Artiste of the Year by the Barbados Music Awards (BMA), walked away last night with the coveted overall top prize of the Claytons Kola Tonic Artiste of the Year at the Flame Awards at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St Michael.
But the accolades did not end there. Woodz also won the awards for Female Vocalist of the Year, and Recording of the Year for her debut album, Fyah.
Woodz, who also performed the title track, dedicated her Artiste of the Year prize to her father who was in the audience.
Another top music missionary, Gozzy, who also earned Male Gospel Artiste of the Year at the BMAs earlier this year, also scored a hat trick of awards last night. Gozzy, who is currently riding high with his debut album Redemption Music, won Songwriter of the Year, Best Scripture-Based Song [When I Can’t See] and Male Vocalist of the Year.
Male Vocalist of the Year, Gozzy.
Keann Walters, a new entrant to gospel music, took the big prize for her hit Original Song [I Am Amazed]; Promise won Band of the Year; Kieshelle Rawlins received the award for Most Improved Act of the Year.
Other awards went to Sherry Ann Maughan – New Artiste of the Year; Praise and Worship Song of the Year [Unconditional], David Thomas – Producer of the Year; the Belcanto Singers – Vocal Group of the Year; Rickey Niles – Instrumentalist of the Year; Calypso of the Year – Doing Something Wrong by Samantha Clarke; Calypsonian of the Year – Apache; Barry Reid and Joel Brooks – Best Performance by a Duo [Today], and Joel Brooks – Music Video [Save Me].
In other categories, prizes went to the Hallal Dancers for Dance Group of the Year; PAM won the Creativity Award; musician extraordinaire Cynthia Austin received the Jewel Award for her distinguished contribution to the development of the art form.
Forty-year veteran gospel artiste Sister Margreta Marshall earned the Mission Award for her dedication to the mission of music ministry, while Pastors Lemuel and Pauline Rawlins copped the Vision Award.
Barbados TODAY beat out the competition by winning the Print/Online Media Award of the Year [High Note], Anthony Greene – Radio Announcer of the Year [Live 97.5FM], while Live 97.5FM won Gospel Radio of the Year. (EJ)