Praising God Boldly
Claudius "Supa" England - "The One to Watch" for 2012; doing even more for 2013
Prior to the 2010 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, nobody really knew who the dreadlocked Claudius England was. However, after earning two encores for the melodious lyrics he performed on the small stage, his stock soared on account of the rich accolades and great media reviews the performance attracted. (See article here).
It was no different this year as England took to the grand stage of the 2013 staging of Jamaica Jazz & Blues alongside John Legend, Monica, Dione Warwick, Romaine Virgo and KC and the Sunshine Band, and unleashed song after song much to the amazement and delight of the thousands in attendance. (Take a peep at highlights here)
The just-concluded 2012 was a special year for England, who is a product of Montego Bay. The year started with the pleasing news that he had been nominated in two categories for the Atlanta Gospel Music Awards - the categories of 'Best New Artiste' and 'Most Uplifting Song.' (Done For Me) After his Atlanta Gospel Music Awards nominations, Love 101 FM named England the 'One To Watch' for 2012. A few weeks later, he was also nominated for Chicago's International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in the category of Best Gospel Oriented Song. And it didn't end there. Claudius accomplished a personal goal when he was featured performing live on Television Jamaica's prime Entertainment Programme - Layers of Soul where himself and Kevin Downswell shared the hour. (Watch it here)
In addition to using his voice to spread the gospel, England has also been backing up his words with action. In 2011, he was involved in the Olic Project - an initiative created to promote love and unity surrounding the issue of HIV/AIDS. His single on HIV was used as the official theme song.
In recent times, England has been spearheading the project 'Friday Nites Plugged,' a national series in which gospel artistes lend their time, reasoning on various topics with youth in churches, schools, and communities. The series, which provides wholesome and entertaining activities, also includes a concert element. Among the gospel acts who have participated in the Friday Nites Plugged event, which is staged as a partnership with The Bureau of Women's Affairs in support of its Unite to End Violence Against Women campaign, are Kevin Downswell, Prodigal Son, DJ Nicholas, Jermaine Edwards, Kevin Smith, and Rondel Positive.
This is just the beginning for this music minister who has his sights set on sharing the gospel all over the world. He also believes that there are many more who are gifted to do the same and has a heartfelt desire to support them through the showcasing of their talent wherever possible.