Silvertones Ministries was established in November 1981 as a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian organization. It is also the umbrella organization for the Silvertones of Barbados, a group widely recognized as one of Barbados’ leading gospel groups with international recognition.
During our existence, the organization has provided the community with opportunities for high quality, diverse, and accessible musical and educational programmes. In addition, it has been offering a broad range of gospel concerts, performance opportunities for singers and musicians, and artistic support services, which helped to improve the quality of life for our citizens and making Barbados a more livable place. We have also exposed audiences to the creative process in its many forms and engaged them in creative acts. As a presenter and producer of gospel concerts, Silvertones Ministries values the diversity of cultural expression and traditions, fosters the preservation and advancement of diverse musical genres, creates a sense of welcoming and belonging, enhances the enjoyment of life, and celebrates with the community when programming events.
Our first concert event was held in November 1982 as part of our annual celebration programme. This was followed with a Super Gospel event in March 1983, which was a unique and targeted way of showcasing in one place, top international, regional and local gospel artists, as well as exposing young talented artists. Our events over the years have established a strong identity and secured local popular support with attendances in excess of 1200 for each concert.
The 2008 concert series will be more family friendly, attractive, enjoyable and exciting. The events will provide opportunities to expand the programme, improve the overall audience experience, and significantly improve the concerts publicity potential. The programme will consist of the following:
(i)Super Gospel -1 under the theme “Tell It To Jesus” will be held on Saturday, March 29th at Western Light Church of the Nazarene, Oxnards, St. James at 5.30 pm, and Sunday, March 30th at 5.30 pm at MERC New Testament Auditorium, Lower River Road. The special overseas guest artist will be the dynamic and popular Rev. Nicole Ballosingh Holder from Trinidad and Tobago.
(ii) Super Gospel-2 under the theme “A New Salvation” on May 3rd and 4th at 5.30 pm at MERC New Testament Auditorium, Lower River Road. The special overseas guests will be top Canadian and International artist, Kay Morris and Rachel Washington from Knoxville, Tennessee. These events form part of the Jesus Week activities and commence the week. The week climaxes in Independence Square on Saturday, March 10th with “worship in the city”.
(iii) Super Gospel-3 under the theme “A New Anointing” on September 6th and 7th at 5.30 pm at a venue to be named. The special overseas guests will be from the USA and Trinidad and Tobago.
(iv) Community Concerts: These events will be held on week-ends between June and November across the country at specific locations including churches, schools, community centres among others. Artists for these events will include experienced and talented young community rising stars. It is proposed to stage ten (10) concerts in association with schools, PTAs, churches and community organizations.
(v) Celebration Concert: This event will be in celebration of our 27th anniversary, and that of our nation 42nd anniversary of Independence. It will be held under the theme “Sing God Children Sing” on November 1st and 2nd at the Nazarene Tabernacle, Eagle Hall, at 5.30 pm featuring a variety of local talent.