Wanted at Plantation Garden Theatre 04/10/2011; Girls with Voices who command Respect – HONEY JAM BARBADOS AUDITIONS BEGIN

Honey Jam Barbados is looking all over Barbados for the top young female artists, representing hip hop, jazz, soca, r&b, gospel, rock, dancehall, blues, alternative, opera, house, techno, country – ALL styles of music!

Depending on her schedule, Malissa Alanna may not be available for the next Honey Jam Barbados

Ebonnie Rowe
, of Bajan descent, the main coordinator explains why Honey Jam originally happened {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Entitled “A Taste of Honey Jam”, the show featured all young local female artists, including popular teen country singer Malissa Alanna, one performance each in a variety of genres. The artists were also given the opportunity to attend a free industry session which gave them valuable information and advice about their careers.

A panel of judges representing local artists, music industry reps, vocal coaches, managers, radio personalities and others will mark each artist and then those who make it will be contacted later that week. Confirmed judges include:

The room at Divi Southwinds was packed with Industry personnel who either had an interest or came to lend support to the initiative from Ebonnie Rowe

Cassandra Crawford, singer and CBC TV host; Mahalia, lead singer with Nexcyx; Paul Russell, former Head of Sony/ATV; Alan Shepherd, formerly vanguard of Spice & Co; Caroline Roach, LOVE FM; Marisa Lindsay, recording artist and Vocal Coach; Anies Jordan, CRS Music & Media; plus Philip 7, recording artist among others…

Well known for her efforts in assisting the Ship Inn's Fun Run with the late Dame Olga Lopes-Seale, Ms Rowe is passionate about not only service back to your roots but to helping charities and this year's drive is Leah Marville's Love Foundation

Ms Rowe is nevertheless very angry how not only Corporate Barbados but the Public Sector entities who are involved in Culture will treat a local enterprise compared to a foreign promoter merely wanting a concert, since honey Jam is more than music, it’s education and training for life {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

She wants to know why it’s easier for Mavado & Vybz Kartel to get money for a show with no training or no giving back to Barbados, yet Honey Jam which seeks to not only see female talent rise but thrive is denied an equal footing with violent misogynistic Jamaican Dancehall gangsters?

Posing with Country Diva Malissa Alanna is the radio personality who shuts Barbados down at Lunch for the 104.1 Sound Off, Ms Gaynelle Marshall - Barbados' best undiscovered comedienne, I kid you not!

Anyone interested in auditioning for the Honey Jam Artist showcase should come to the Plantation on Tuesday 4th October. Check out our FB event page HONEY JAM BARBADOS AUDITIONS for all of the details. {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

The girls only have 60 seconds to show and prove, although Ms Rowe says she can tell in 15 seconds…

Honey Jam is an all female developmental multi-genre multicultural showcase. It is a chance for young women to earn exposure, education, mentoring, showcase and networking opportunities in both music and arts… {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Along with the artist workshop and showcase, they also promote women’s charities and also offer opportunities to female entrepreneurs. It is based on the Honey Jam movement in Canada which was founded by Ms Rowe and which boasts Nelly Furtado as their most famous alumna. The concept was introduced to Barbados earlier this year.

Malissa Alanna's donation came as a comlete surprise to Ebonnie Rowe, who compared the gift for the show to Honey Jam alumna Nelly Furtado who always made sure to support the Canadian version

This year, the one to show respect and appreciation for what Honey Jam did for her was country-pop diva Malissa Alanna, who contributed towards costs of putting up the show which is proving to be a regular sight on Barbados’ entertainment scene!

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