2020 Elevation Awards Winners – BGMA’s – BAHAMAS GETS NEW GOSPEL AWARD SHOW!

The Bahamas Gospel Music Awards 2021

“Official Launch”

Nassau, Bahamas- The Gospel Industry of The Bahamas now has a new haven to be recognized and celebrated called The Bahamas Gospel Music Awards. The inaugural award show will be hosted live on Saturday, June 12th, 2021.

The BGMA’s is a televised award show that highlights Bahamian Gospel Artists throughout the islands of The Bahamas representing various genres of Gospel Music. With adhering to the COVID protocols, the award show will be virtual featuring performances by the top gospel artists. Any music material that has been released January 2019 to December 2020 will be eligible for submission.

Our various categories include Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Junkanoo/Rake ‘n’ Scrape Song of the Year, Traditional Gospel Song of the Year, Contemporary Song of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Producer of the Year, Album of the Year and more. Also, you the viewers will be allowed publicly to vote for Radio Personality and Radio Station of the Year. Special Honorary Awards will be the Trailblazer Award and Lifetime Achievement Award. Those recipients will be announced at a later time.

There are various event dates that will occur leading to this year’s award show. Submissions will be open today Monday, January 25th to Monday,   March 1st,, 2021. Current Elev8tion Now Members will have the opportunity to vote for nominees and winners of the various categories on our website www.elev8tionnow.com/bgma. You do not have to be an Elev8tion Now member to submit but we encourage you to join to be a part of the voting process. On Monday, March  15th,  Elev8tion Now members will begin voting for nominees and the process will end Wednesday, March 31st. On Saturday, March 20th, the BGMA’s will host a Gospel Music Forum that will feature various Gospel Industry Executives, Artists, and Musicians to discuss the current state of the Gospel Industry. Finally, on Monday, April 5th, The 2021 Nominees will be announced with virtual performances.

For more information visit our social media platforms on Facebook (The Bahamas Gospel Music Awards-BGMA) and Instagram (bgma242) or contact Travis Edgecombe 813-8397 or bahamasgospelmusicawards@gmail.com.

Bodine Victoria Releases Official Video for “Juicy Fruit”

8TH July, 2019, Nassau, The Bahamas

What’s summer without some Juicy Fruit?  Luckily for you, you don’t have to wait to find out.  BodineVictoria presents an entire Juice Bar of your favorite fruit, set against the background of the historic Doongalik Art Gallery estate and its Craft Cottage.

Juicy Fruit, written by Bodine herself and produced by Rik Carey of BahaMen, is one of the artists’ classic songs which draws inspiration from Goombay and Junkanoo.  Musically, there are many inspirations ranging from Dry Bread, to Geno D, Swain & The Citations and Dr. Off, blended perfectly through the genius of Rik Carey,  In the video, Bodine pays visual homage to classic Bahamian songs like Joseph Spences’ rendition of Don’t Touch Mi Tomato, Dry Bread’s Sweet, Sweet, Sappodilly, and the Caribbean classic Big Bamboo among many others.  See if you can spot them all.  There are quite a few.

Ring play, romance, Commerce and the Arts are all prominent themes in Juicy Fruit.  The Farmer’s Market is an important aspect of the video as it represents Bahamian art and culture in many forms and the businesses that Bahamians have traditionally been a part of.  Estreja Unique Straw Work, The Coconut Factory, Havashell Productions and Pursenal Paradiyse all show in the film. What’s just as entertaining is all the playful innuendo that Bodine is known for in her music.

Watch BodineVictoria’s Juicy Fruit shot and directed by Sherard Campbell of iFocus Visuals assisted by Chris Seemore.

For interviews and inquiries please email: info@paradiseproductionsbah.com or call Bodine directly at 1-242-421-6645

Bahamian R&B Singer Tebby Wins NBC’s Songland

Source: The Nassau Guardian

Bahamian singer-songwriter Tebby Burrows said her journey to being featured on popular music competition Songland began three years ago.

Tuesday night, she won the hearts of the judges and, ultimately, the entire competition.

“When I originally heard about Songland, it was three years ago when they were just doing the pilot,” Burrows said in an interview with The Nassau Guardian.

“I submitted one of my songs, I didn’t get chosen and so late last year when I saw that the full season was greenlit by NBC, I was like, ‘I need to submit again,’ and I got selected.”

Songland is a competition where aspiring songwriters have a chance to audition their original songs for a major recording artist. This season, the contestants auditioned to write a song for award-winning recording artist John Legend.

Burrows performed her original song, “We Need Love”, which Legend criticized as crossing the line into “cheesy” a little too often. He said the original upbeat version of the song was too much. Legend’s advice to Burrows was to make the message-driven song sound more mournful as if she were “crying for the world”.

Tuesday night, Burrows took that advice and blew the judges away winning the competition with the revised, downbeat version of the song, accompanied by an acoustic guitar.

Burrows said songwriting is an integral part of the music industry.

“Some artists don’t write their own music and so they have really amazing songwriters,” she said.

“Even when they do, they like to collaborate with other creatives.

“You know, Adele is a great songwriter but you know she co-writes with one of our judges, Ryan Tedder, who’s also the frontman for One Republic.

“Ester Dean is an amazing singer and songwriter, she’s written so many songs that you know, especially for Rihanna, she’s written a few of her hits – Rudeboy, What’s My Name?

“Songwriting is its own kind of art form.”

Burrows admitted that she was nervous when she initially walked into a room full of industry giants.

“[I was] super shell shocked to see John Legend just kind of hanging out there, but I was excited,” she said.

“I just tried to stay present.”

She said she feels the support of the country behind her.

“Honestly, it’s been so awesome and encouraging to hear from everyone,” she said.

“Everyone is messaging me or sending little notes on Instagram.

“So, I’m proud to be representing The Bahamas.

“I’m just really happy that everyone is going to tune in.”

Tebby said her next move is to keep doing what she does best.

“I’m just going to keep writing, keep recording and keep doing what I love.”