The sweetest jam got underway last Saturday at Hilton Barbados when nine new artistes hit the Honey Jam stage showcasing their vocal range, stage presence and pure talent.
Ifetayo Clarke was a definite crowd favourite. Her silky smooth vocals brought the show to life as she sang Treat Me Like Somebody by Tink, giving a display of her excellent vocal ability.
Kenyah Joseph, this year’s Richard Stoute Teen Talent runner up who is no stranger to the stage, gave the audience a soulful rendition of the Martin Garrix song In the Name of Love. From their response, the audience loved it.
The crowd also enjoyed Erin Hunte who showed her seventh versatility as she sang The Nearness of You.
Honey Jam, which is in its 7th year in Barbados, aims to provide mentoring, networking and performance opportunities.
Jenna Bennett who won Honey Jam Canada’s contest Get Me To Barbados, hit the stage with guitar in hand to do an original song followed by an impressive smash up of Barbados’ Queen of Soca Alison Hinds’ Roll it Gal and Bajan sensation Rihanna’s We Found Love and Baby This Is What You Came For.
It was exactly what the audience came for. The audience also got a special performance by rising local dance group Riddim Tribe, who brought out all the moves to get the second half of the near three-hour long show, off on a high note..
Local music industry representative Rhesa Garnes also took to the stage and paid tribute to women, in a well received piece before the audience got a taste of Honey Jazz 2018 as Leigh Phillips jazzed up the Hilton with her sultry vocals.
The Honey Jam alums were not to be forgotten as the crowd lightened up and joined in with energetic Adaeze as she sang her catchy song Lemme Tell Ya, Lemme Tell Ya. Adrianna Mayers told us he was hers as she debuted her original song He’s Mine, which left the crowd wanting more of her high notes.
The Honey Jam stage is always full of surprises and, for the very first time , another language was sung as Honey Jam alum Valentine Meniaud serenaded the crowd with Indila – Dernière Danse in full French.
Rhea Layne who had been absent from the scene for the last two years, returned to the stage to give a powerful rendition of Beyonce’s Freedom which featured poetry by local poet Luci Hammans.
All the Honey Jam girls , Producer Ebonnie Rowe as well as Barbados’ orange haired songbird Nikita, joined Layne on stage for an encore of Freedom before the curtains finally came down on the Honey Jam show 2017.