Wednesday 21 November, 2018

Promising young talent comes out to Honey Jam auditions

Honey Jam auditionees (L-R): Gabrielle Rock, Ifetayo Clarke and Samara King.

Honey Jam auditionees (L-R): Gabrielle Rock, Ifetayo Clarke and Samara King.

Last Saturday the Dome Mall played host to the Honey Jam auditions for its 2017 programme.

A panel of 11 judges, including Mahalia, Faith Callender, Simon Pipe, Empress Zingha, Barry Hill, Tamara Marshall, Rhesa Garnes, Ingrid Holder, Andre Clarke, Sun Rokk, and Honey Jam Concert host Caroline Reid were impressed by what they heard and looking forward to seeing the chosen artists on the big stage.

Ayodele Edinboro auditions for the 2017 Honey Jam programme.

"I really enjoyed the auditions. A lot of interesting vibes, styles and techniques. We saw some very creative artists and amazing voices,” said Pipe.

His sentiments were shared by fellow audition judge Mahalia, who noted, "It was very inspiring and actually opened up our eyes a little bit more to the wealth of talent Barbados has – which is undeniable."

Sun Rokk added: "I thought the talent was amazing. I saw a lot of artists I had never seen before. I think this is a great initiative. Big up to the Honey Jam crew!"

Also performing was Honey Jam alumna, Rhea Layne gave a powerful rendition of Beyonce's Freedom. She remarked, "I love to perform so it's always fun to return as an alum. The networking opportunities and the amazing workshops offered are great and I've made so many contacts and had awesome experiences."

Honey Jam founder Ebonnie Rowe said, "I was extremely pleased with the level of talent that came out and to see brand new artists along with some alums as well as artists who had tried out in earlier years and weren't chosen but took it as an opportunity to improve and came back stronger. This is a positive youth initiative that we are happy to offer again in the face of sponsorship challenges."

Producers such as KB Sharp of Hit Island studios and artist manager George Thomas came out to scout talent, noting they saw a few artists with excellent potential to develop successful careers.

The lineup will be finalised by the end of September and then between October and November, the artists will attend workshops in voice & performance, songwriting, and music business, along with other experiences and opportunities, culminating with the November 18 concert at the Hilton Barbados Resort.

Honey Jam audition judges with host Chrissy D.