By Arthia Nixon, The Ambassador Agency For Elevation Records and 242Untapped
Nassau, The Bahamas – It’s a new season, there’s a new cohost and a new season is about to launch as judges seek The Bahamas’ next “gospel recording superstar” with 242Untapped. Returning are judges producer/coach Chris Roberts, international worship leader and recording artist Nadene Moss, singer/songwriter Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Farrington and Vincent ‘V-Mac’ McDonald of Elevation Records who wears several hats as host, director and creator of the show.
Scores auditioned with about 100 getting callbacks. Their journey from the initial audition to belting it out for the top spot will begin airing on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8 p.m on Cable 12. The show’s website www.242untapped.com is also full of surprises as well as a video extras.
Viewers are not being told if there will be an appearance from last year’s winner Shenique Thurston whose powerhouse vocals continued to win over fans following the contest as she travelled the country and found her single Give Him Praise in heavy rotation on radio. It was the tenth most requested song for 2013 on a local radio station, which the top 20 list included four other Elevation Records artists.
If that weren’t enough testament of the show’s success, several of the runners-up, including Davian Chase and Malikah Pinder headlined their own concerts or were featured artists at some of the biggest gospel events of 2013.
As for the biggest change of the show, that comes with Davrielle Burrows being named cohost.
“Davrielle is the daughter of Dave ‘The Ruffneck Pastor’ Burrows but she comes with her own claim to fame,” explained V-Mac. “She has been behind the scenes at some major youth and gospel related events, plus she’s an author and an entrepreneur. She also has a personality that meshed well with the cast and crew and we are excited to have her on board. I know I am glad she’s joined because because that means she gets to do some of the cohosting, which gives me more time to fine tune what we’ve got going on behind the scenes. Overall, though, we have a great team this season and some talent that is sure to keep people watching.”