Two local gospel artistes are finalists in the Antigua and Barbuda Gospel Music Awards (ABGMA) to be held on Saturday, April 21.
The ABGMA is an annual award show that recognises gospel artistes and media personnel around the Caribbean.
Local talents Oneyke Huggins and Tracia Petersen were voted in as finalists on March 5 via social media.
Huggins is a finalist in the Best Contemporary Gospel and Male Songwriter of the Year category, while Petersen is in the Best Praise and Worship category.
Local agency, Progressive Ministry Management (PMM) represents the two BVI finalists, and company CEO Darryl Flanders said he is proud of his clients.
He further said he considers it a ‘blessing’ that the two were nominated and recognised for their work.
The artistes and a member of PMM are scheduled to arrive in the twin-island state of Antigua and Barbuda on April 20 for the awards ceremony. They will return to the territory on April 22.
Huggins is a piano player and original composer.
According to a media release from PMM, Huggins’ ability to switch from Contemporary Worship to Gospel Reggae caused him to earn a spot in the finals with his song, Save Me.
On the other hand, Petersen is well known to the music scene and has already won a number of awards at ABGMA.
She was the 2016 Female Psalmist and Female Vocalist of the Year. And in 2017, she captured the International Psalmist of the Year and the Song of the Year awards.
This year, she is hoping to reel in the Best Praise and Worship award for her song, Midst of the Storm.
The artistes are sponsored by National Bank of the Virgin Islands, Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie, and Education and Culture Minister Myron Walwyn.
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