Rising Stars Top Eight Wows The Crowd
Kingston, Jamaica—Tuesday, August 8, 2017: Instead of just being the opening acts or a ‘side show’ to a line-up of more popular and established entertainers, local up-and-coming artistes were the main event at the Digicel Denbigh concert held at the Denbigh showground in Clarendon on Monday, August 7.
Upcoming reggae crooners Jah Rain, Veli, Tanice Morrison and Rasta Camp were also joined by the top eight contestants from the Digicel Rising Stars competition, who had the crowd dancing and cheering along with their spunky performances.
Top contenders Anthonia Atkinson and Jerone Riley stole the show with their high energy and infectious personalities. Atkinson had the crowd riding along with her vocal gymnastics while crowd-favourite, Jerone cameo out kicking with a vibrant cover of Carl Douglas’ classic, Kung Fu Fighting.
FIfty-three year old Avia Bartley, a patron of the event for over two decades, observed, “It’s rare to see so many people staying around for a concert with just local people from the community but because people know that its Digicel, they know it has to be good. I wish more promoters would give the young artistes a chance to ‘buss’ too and I really have to big up Digicel for doing this.’
“This concert was all about giving our local talent an avenue to shine and what better place to do it than at Denbigh, one of the biggest local events on Jamaica’s social calendar,” said Andrew Brown, sponsorship manager at Digicel Jamaica. “The artistes were very profesional and they came and delivered quite an entertaining package for the patrons, so we’re very happy to be able to offer them a platform to show Jamaica their talents and what they have to offer.”
Much to the delight of the patrons, emcee Kalia Ellis, kept the momentum going right throughout with giveaways of credit and smartphones.
Another patron, Clive Barnett, shared, “The Digicel show really nice up Denbigh man! As much as no big big artiste never on the show, it was nice and my whole family enjoyed themselves. Everybody in my house watches Rising Stars so it was nice to see them in person and hear if they can really sing and they never disappointed us at all.