Second time’s a charm for gospel talent winner


The second time was a charm for singer Rokisha Lewis. The fourth-place finisher in last year’s inaugural Kingdom of Light gospel calypso contest was crowned the 2011 winner on Saturday night.

“It’s quite rewarding to come out on top,” said Grenadian-born Lewis who spent some time in Montreal before relocating to the Greater Toronto Area in 2000. “Even though I am a confident person, I was nervous waiting for the winner to be announced.”

The York University fourth-year psychology student composed the lyrics for her winning hit, God is Still on the Throne.

For the past two years, Lewis has been a member of Rivers of Living Water Christian Centre whose pastor, Dr. Robert Springett, conceived the idea for the gospel calypso competition.

“It’s sort of funny because Rev. Springett was the guest pastor at a west end church about eight years ago and I was in the congregation that day when he handed me the microphone and told me to sing,” recalled Lewis, the fan choice winner. “Now several years later, I am here winning this title.”

Lewis will travel to St. Lucia next month to defend her crown at an international gospel competition. She and 2010 Kingdom of Light gospel calypso winner Kay Morris represented Canada at the event last year.

Six competitors participated in last Saturday’s final at Faith Assemblies Mission in Rexdale.

Vivian, who sang Tell Hell I’m Not Coming, was the first runner-up while Shawna was the second runner-up. The other participants were 10-year-old Carley-Marie, Lady Lydz and veteran Estiban Lindsay.

Several guest artistes made appearances, including Keisha Fanfair, Julien Hyacinth, Eric Mitchell and Kittitian Dameon Jacobs.

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