Gospel Spotlight: Jermaine Edwards subtly celebrates Sterling wins – But gospel artiste still elated with Sterling wins | Entertainment
Having secured the most nominations in this year’s Sterling Gospel Music Awards, singer Jermaine Edwards walked away with some of the night’s biggest wins at last Sunday’s virtual staging of the annual awards. The singer topped the evening with four wins: Male Artiste of the Year; Local Hit of the Year for his song ‘I Will Follow’; Local Hit Producer of the Year, and Collab of the Year for ‘Only You’ with fellow artiste Christopher Gayle.
Edwards told Gospel Spotlight that although he wasn’t necessarily focused on winning, he is overjoyed at the wins.
“It’s been five years since I released an album and I named the album I Will Follow, and it was just me identifying that I needed to be obedient to the calling on my life. Winning or losing an award wasn’t as important to me. I wanted to fulfil the will of God in my life,” he said. “But it feels good to be acknowledged for musical work done. With many great, talented people in the category, anyone could have won, so I’m happy I came out most favoured for the category.”
With the awards show being held via live-streaming rather than a physical event, Edwards says celebrations have been low-key as he is having mixed feelings with all that is happening around the globe.
“With the uncertainty of what the future holds, I’m struggling a bit to celebrate,” he said. “It (quarantine) is not easy and it can get to you at times. You just have to plan for the worst and not for the best to even cope. Put your mind in that survival mode and deal with it. Getting your mind active with things is the best thing, or else you will go mad.”
“I’m happy that I was always thinking ahead and putting down a little something from what I was earning to sustain me through this no-job period, so I thank God for that, and for wisdom and the ability to use my popularity to help others through this time,” he continued.
Edwards said that he was giving thanks for the time he now has on his hands, and that the time away from the stage has allowed him to completely commit to the gospel.
“I had a few shows cancelled and tours in territories I never toured before. Last year was an unusual year for me, the biggest I have seen in my career and the most transformational. We would have seen an extraordinary year this year, but COVID-19 had a different plan. It has allowed me go deeper in God’s words and has forced me to stop running from being totally sold out to the Gospel of Jesus,” he said.