Despite near flooding in Barbados, Honey Jam concert has capacity audience: Artists impress people with professional deliveries!

Many in the audience were amazed by the level of talent and marvelled at the fact that they all lived right here in Barbados. They were also impressed that so many of the artists had great original songs, and those who did covers made them their own.

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The event started promptly at 8pm sharp as advertised and was hosted masterfully by LOVE FM’s Caroline Roach. Show producer Ebonnie Rowe was thrilled with the talent and the turnout. “The performances were awesome! The time the artists spent with celebrity vocal coach Elaine Overholt clearly made a difference in their performances – so much more powerful – her tips were on point and the girls took them to heart and worked very hard to prepare. There is so much talent in Barbados that needs showcasing opportunities, and I am grateful beyond measure that so many people came out to support the artists especially with the weather. My mother Joan flew in from Toronto to be here so that made it extra special.”

Among the hundreds In attendance we spotted Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy, Senator Santia Bradshaw and the NCF’s John Hunte, Khalil Goodman from the U.S. Embassy, artists Khiomal, Tamara Marshall, iNDRANi, Buggy Nahkente, Oneka Best, Wesu, poet DJ Simmons, rappers Sun Rokk, Rhy Minister, and up and coming country artist Malissa Alanna.

Guest artist Mahalia Phillips closed the show with her empowering anthem "Queen" followed by a freestyle session featuring all of the artists who took part in the show.

International music industry reps Ivan Berry, Paul Russell and Ivan Evidente were also in attendance and were impressed with the talent. They will be in regular contact with Rowe and will be keeping tabs on artists they might possibly want to work with.

The "Playgirl but No Bunny" t-shirts which were introduced at the press conference earlier this month were also a big hit and were worn by the team of lovely ladies who kept everything running smoothly.

The local music industry was also well represented with CoverDrive Manager Kerrie Armstrong, Nexcyx Manager Andrew Daniel, producers Scott Galt, Eliseus Joseph and Mikey Hulsmeier, AME’s Rychard Skeete and Christmas Jazz Producer Deryck Walcott.

Also in attendance were showcase sponsors Derek Wilkie and Anies Jordan of CRS Music & Media, Chris Donawa of Hanschell Inniss, Ron Johnson of Blueprint Creative Inc., Susan Blackett of RBC/RBTT Bank and prize donors Simone Ward of Diamonds International, Diana Pitt of Tennis ‘Pon de Rock and Andre Cordice of Fitness Zone.

Featured artist Gigi Ma'at (pictured above in an image by acclaimed photographer Nzegwhua Anderson who flew in from Canada to attend) was just one of the 18 stellar acts who graced the Honey Jam stage. After a full day of seemingly non-stop downpours, the Plantation was packed for Saturday's Honey Jam Barbados artist showcase.

The Honey Jam ladies won’t be kicking back and reflecting on the success of the show, they are already identifying all of the ways they can make it better and planning for 2012 with the hopes of securing more significant corporate sponsorship and some government interest and support.

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