Over two hundred entries later and days to go, the excitement is mounting before the selection judges announce on Monday 5th September the Final Nominees for the 2016 JUMP Music Video Awards.
Leading artists in and out of the world of Christian and Gospel Music are expected to gather in their Sunday best for the award ceremony which will be held on Saturday 1st October at the luxury Hilton Tower Bridge, 5 More London, Tooley Street SE1 2BY, with a dress code dubbed to be ‘Red Carpet – but not Black Tie’
Special guest performers on the night include Lurine Cato (Winner MOBO 2013 Gospel Category) who is preparing for the release of her new album, exuberant Worship Leader AaronT Aaron, fresh from his successful Caribbean summer tour, and smooth saxophonist Simon Lee with his live band. They will be joined by female soloist Lana Baker from the USA who is making her debut UK appearance.
The inaugural JUMP Music Video Awards event, staged in 2014, was the first time that the collaborative efforts of artists and music video makers operating in the Christian and Gospel scene was recognised and rewarded. Since then the 16 winning videos have notched up 30 million viewing figures between them on YouTube alone.
Executive Director Juliet Fletcher explains, ” There are a lot of struggling independent artists. However, investment in music videos is a real indicator of the increasing confidence this sector has to reach audiences and build on the growing popularity of the genre. We expect these awards to acts as an encouragement to push the creative boundaries with their visual messages and stories and gain wider music industry recognition.
The music videos featured will largely utilise the type of music played on radio stations like Premier Gospel, UCB Gospel, and online stations like UGN Radio, Vinejuice, MiSoul Radio SoulCure Radio; and certain local and regional BBC Radio stations that maintain a Gospel Music strand.
The awards include a new UK category called ‘Song For A Cause’ which will award a commissioning/consenting agency who has utilised an original composition with artists and video makers to deliver a potent message.
Andrew Bello an artist who in 2014 won the Best UK Afro Beat Video award says ” I was in the audience viewing my video on the multi-screens among the finalist, absorbed in how everything looked and then my name was called – I was in shock! Its great! I’m excited its back on a bigger grander scale”.
The evening programme will consist of the award ceremony, after a sumptuous 3-course silver service Dinner, with entertainment. Tickets are available now for audience participation at the LIVE event on Saturday 1st October 2016.