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As a full time artiste, record label owner, event promoter, minister and mother, Carlene Davis has her plate full. However, when she got the call to join the Digicel Stars show as the Gospel Mentor, she couldn’t help but jump at the opportunity.

As an influential figure in the music industry, Davis sees the show as another avenue for talented Jamaicans to launch their careers. “It’s a good opportunity to invest in young talents” she commented.
Davis is no stranger to this environment, having been a mainstay on the scene for over three decades. During this time, she has produced numerous hits - first as a secular artiste and later in her career as a gospel artiste. Davis first recorded gospel music in the early 1990s, but it wasn’t till she was diagnosed with cancer in 1996 that she says her relationship with God strengthened.
Since then, she has recorded several hit albums, started Glory Music with her husband Tommy Cowan and launched the annual ‘Fun in the Son’ gospel festival.  Davis is also the holder of a Ph.D in Pastoral Counseling.
She was careful in the selection of “true vocalists” for her team and Davis believes her role as a mentor is to get her mentees to use their natural talent to minister to the audience. This, she says, is what makes Team Gospel unique. She instructs her mentees to “see themselves as a vehicle, because even though it is a competition, the real star is God and they should use every opportunity to witness”.
This, of course, doesn’t mean that all is being left to chance. It is important to her that her mentees have a “teachable spirit” as she imparts invaluable knowledge that can only come from years of experience. In fact, mentorship for Davis is a 24 hour job and admits to having phone or Skype conversations with her team members at all hours.
“Sometimes in the middle of the night I get inspired, because the more time I spend with them the more I get to know what they’re capable of doing.”
This inspiration sometimes results in a mid-week change in song, which she knows is a risky decision. Davis and her team, however, live by the saying “let go and let God”. Davis is confident in her team’s abilities and thinks that once they ignore the distractions around them and just witness, they will be successful. After touting her team’s accomplishments thus far in the competition, she proudly states “we definitely can win, with God all things are possible.”
You can tune in this and every Sunday on Digicel Stars to see Davis and be witnessed to by Team Gospel. The show airs on TVJ at 8 p.m.. It repeats on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 11 a.m., and Thursdays at 11 p.m.


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