“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.”   Victor Hugo

Hey Music Lovers,

I would like to say congratulations to the choir for their superb performance on BBC Radio 1Xtra. The melodious nature of your voices is truly amazing.

This week, ladies, we will be looking at Nadine Sutherland ― the remarkable old girl who made it possible for the choir to have been granted such a momentous Image 3-7-16 at 9.15 PMopportunity.

Born on March 15, 1968 in Kingston, Jamaica, Nadine began performing in 1979. In that year, she won the Tastee Talent Contest (beating Paul Blake and Yellowman). She combined her musical career with studies in business administration, and was the first artist to be signed by Bob Marley to his Tuff Gong label, recording “Starvation on the Land”. Sutherland’s live appearances helped to groom her for stardom. Her first performance outside of Jamaica was in 1982 at a memorial concert for Bob Marley; alongside Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, the I-Threes, and the Wailers. Sutherland also recorded Christian reggae singles such as “Hands and Heart”, “A Young One Like Me”, and “Work and Pray”.

In 1993, Sutherland enjoyed a number 1 placing on the reggae chart, alongside Buju Banton; and in 1995, EastWest Records secured the rights to ‘Action’ and reissued it. With stronger marketing, it reached the Billboard Top 40. Last year (2015) Sutherland completed a master’s degree in cultural studies at the University of the West Indies. She has also made appearances as a judge on Digicel Rising Stars. Currently, Sutherland is still making amazing music and is currently on tour. She is a true reflection of what it means to be enriched, empowered, and abounding in God’s favour.

SAHS: Listen Music, Listen Clearly, Listen Abundantly.Nadine and the Choir