"It was amazing," Jericho said of the 28th Annual Cingular Wireless Mississippi Gospel Awards and the 32nd Annual Cingular Wireless Jackson Music Awards held this past weekend. "The thing that really struck me about this particular award was the historical context it was given in. … All the old-school groups were there; basically, they paved the way for everything we're doing." Jericho's group, Compozitionz, took home the awards for Local R&B Group of the Year and Local Entertainer of the Year.
Jackson singer Eddie Cotton was named Local Blues Artist of the Year. Best Local Hip-Hop Artist honors went to Soul (female) and Smacka Batch (male). Rhonda Richmond and Eddie Leon won Local Female and Male Vocalist of the Year, respectively, and Ezra Brown, whom you can find performing with Henry Rhodes as Seven every Tuesday at Executive Place, won Musician of the Year.
We talked to Jericho just before press time, and more will come next week on this great local music event.
i have only good things about this awards program. looking forward to more, margaret. thanks for the tease here..
- c a webb
Wow. Like C. A., I cannot wait for the next installment. As I read it, I'll be reliving a couple of Tuesdays I spent at Executive Place, grooving with Henry and eZra, some late nights at the Ameristar and Hal & Mal's with Eddie, and the first time I heard Rhonda at Jazz, Art and Friends at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Jackson's music scene is like a bouquet of vivid, fragrant, long-lasting blooms.
- Lynette Hanson