MARLIN AWARDS PREPARE TO CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY DR.MYLES MUNROE AMONG SPECIAL HONOREES
The Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards will celebrate its twentieth anniversary this coming Saturday February 25th 2017 in the Atlantis Theatre on Paradise Island. The event promises to showcase some of the most diverse talent in Caribbean Gospel Music with live performances from artists from a variety of countries including Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Thomas USVI, Tortola BVI, Turks & Caicos and the Bahamas.
The Marlin Awards is the vision and creative brain child of veteran gospel music executive and radio personality Kevin “Minister K” Harris, who was inspired to create a platform to recognize and honor local and Caribbean gospel music after spending some time recording with his group System 3 in Los Angeles in the summer of 1995. “It was while we (System 3) were in Los Angeles working on the Motown Comes Home gospel album that I realized that there was nothing at home or in the region that was in place to honor and award gospel recording artists and songwriters for their hard work and creativity. The vision was birth right around that time and I immediately started planning and less than one year later we launched the very first Marlin Awards on Sunday March 16th 1996 says Kevin Harris.
The Marlin Awards started as the Bahamian Gospel Music Marlin Awards in 1996 and in the year 2000 it added eight (8) categories to recognize other forms of Caribbean gospel music and in the year 2002 it fully evolved into the Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards. Since its inception the Marlin Awards has grown to become the premier and longest running Caribbean gospel music awards show in the world. The awards are produced bi-annually by local media and production firm Harris Media Group.
This year the highly anticipated event will celebrate its anniversary in grand style with a weekend of events beginning with Marlin Summit which will take place this Thursday February 23rd at Kingdom Discipleship Ministries in the Honda Plaza in Palmdale. Senior Pastor of KDC Ambassador Devon Rolle will serve as the keynote speaker. The next day on Friday February 24th the Marlin Industry Seminar and Luncheon will be held at the Diplomat Center starting from 10am. Then later that night the music will come alive with Marlin Fest considered one of the biggest Caribbean gospel music concerts in the region. Marlin Fest will begin at 7:30pm and tickets are $10 (advance) and $12 (door) with children 12 years and under paying $5 at the door. The weekend will conclude with the hosting of the Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards on Saturday February 25th 2017 at the Myles E.Munroe Diplomat Center Carmichael Road beginning at 7:00pm
A number of local and regional gospel recording artists are scheduled to perform including our very own Shaback, Najie Dunn, Monique Terez and Kem Gardiner. Gospel music legend Al Gibson will perform a special version of The Visionaries classic “Living with Jesus on the Other Side” as a tribute to the late Dr. Myles Munroe who will receive the Legacy Award for his outstanding contribution towards the advancement of Bahamian & Caribbean Gospel Music. The Legacy award will also be given to gospel hip-hop artist and founder of Dunamus Soundz Music Group the late Pastor Lavard “Manifest” Parks and the late Joseph Niles, a pioneer in the gospel music industry in Barbados.
In addition, several well know as well as new recording artists from throughout the Caribbean will perform including the top 2014 Marlin Awards winner and Top Nominee this year Joel “Positive” Murray from Trinidad & Tobago. Also appearing will be Top Female Nominee this year Neesha Woodz from Barbados as well as Sherwin Gardner (Trinidad), Roxsy & Shawn J (St. Martin), Gabrielle Denae (Tortola BVI), Nigel Lewis (Trinidad), Samuel Medas (Guyana), Eleanor Riley (Jamaica) and Rizon (Trinidad).
The Rev.Arthur Preacher Rolle Life Time Achievement Award will be presented to legendary gospel group D.E.C.I.S.I.O.N out of Freeport Grand, Bahama. This year’s Presidents Award will be presented to Senior Pastor of the New Mt.Zion Missionary Baptist Church Rev. Alfred Stewart who is being recognized for his contribution to the development and advancement of the local and regional gospel music industry. Rev. Stewart in his capacity as President of British American Bank now Fidelity Bank & Trust in 1996 became the first official corporate sponsor of the budding Marlin Awards, providing the seed capital to host and stage the awards.
For the Founder and President of the Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards Kevin “Minister K” Harris, watching the Marlin Awards grow from a God inspired idea, to the first gospel music awards show in the Bahamas and now being considered the top awards for Caribbean Gospel music worldwide, has been an indescribable feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. “The journey to 20 Years has not been easy, it has been a road filled with many highs and lows and countless potholes of good and not so good moments. However when I look at how far some of our local and regional gospel artists have come over the years with many acknowledging that the Marlin Awards has in some way helped them in growing of their own personal ministries is truly a great feeling of joy and satisfaction says Harris”.
“When we started this vision we started with a mandate of “Encouraging Excellence and Growth in Caribbean Gospel Music” and when I listen to how far the production of our music locally and in the region has come, I am even more encouraged to continue to play my role in its development. I believe the future is bright for Bahamian & Caribbean Gospel Music and it is my hope and prayer that the Marlin Awards will continue to serve as an inspirational and creative platform for future generations of gospel songwriters, recording artists, producers, engineers and other industry professionals” concludes Kevin Minister K Harris.
For more information about the 2017 Marlin Awards weekend of events including tickets contact the Marlin Awards Command Center at 393-1167, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the official website at www.marlinawards.com.