Daynea Deacon-Jones, from Portland, is the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition winner of 2018.
Thousands saw her lift the title after beating off nine other finalists in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Gospel Song Finals at the National Arena, Kingston, St. Andrew on August 5.
Jones snatched first place with the winning song ‘Worshipper’s Heart’ with a cash prize of $500,000, a trophy and a two-day stay at the Azul resort in Negril.
She was placed third in the 2005 Digicel’s Rising stars Competition.
Her runner ups were Dwight Fearri, who won second place for his song ‘God’s Coverage’ with a cash prize of $350,000 a trophy and a day pass for two at the Jewel Resort and Adeoluwa Adeoye who came in third place with a cash prize of $250,000 and a trophy for his song ‘You, oh Lord’.
As Jones walked onto the stage to claim her prize and title she burst into tears of joys, seemingly surprised that she had won the competition.
Jones told JamaicaToday that God has carried her all the way and he is the one that inspired her to write the song that she did earlier.
“God is working even now, and I will try my best to thank Him; He has been so good to and He has been speaking to me about the song I had done, and He has brought me all the way,” beamed Jones.
She wants to use the moment to encourage those who will enter next year, vying for the spot to follow their dreams and never give up. “Follow your dreams and in the Lord’s will it will be done”, Jones told JamaicaToday.