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K Anthony Cops JUNO, Covenants Awards

Born in St James and bred in Falmouth, Trelawny, K Anthony never imagined that one day he would become an award-winning gospel artiste.

But the years of life have rolled on and, having relocated to Saskatchewan, Canada, 11 years ago, he has seen his stocks rise and his music being embraced by the gospel community.

“The gospel community in Canada has been incredibly supportive and accepting of my work. They have embraced my music, message, and artistic expression with open arms. Through collaborations, performances, and networking within the community I’ve been able to build meaningful connections and relationships with fellow artistes, industry professionals, and fans. Their encouragement and support have been instrumental in my journey, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the vibrant gospel music scene in Canada,” K Anthony disclosed in an interview with the Jamaica Observer recently.

Three weeks ago, K Anthony’s seven-track album ‘Arrow’ won the JUNO Award for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year.

This followed his double win at last year’s Covenant Awards (Gospel Music Association), which is regarded at Canada’s equivalent to the Dove Awards for gospel music in the United States.

He told the Observer that winning the JUNO (Canada’s equivalent to the Grammys) caught him by surprise.

“When my name was announced as the winner of the JUNO Award I was overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. It was a surreal moment that I’ll cherish forever,” said K Anthony.

He continued: “Yes, I was pleasantly surprised to win. The competition was fierce, and I have immense respect for all the nominees.”

The other nominees in the Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year category were ‘Glory to God’ by Brooke Nicholls, ‘All Ye Lepers’ by Joshua Leventhal, ‘Where I’m Meant to Be’ by Stirling John, and ‘Alive’ by Tusee.

This wasn’t the first time that K Anthony was nominated for a JUNO Award. He competed in the same category in 2021 with the album ‘The Cure’.

“These awards signify recognition and validation of my hard work and dedication to my craft,” K Anthony noted. “They serve as encouragement to continue pushing boundaries and striving for excellence in my music. Additionally, they provide a platform to reach a wider audience and inspire others through my artistry. Overall, these awards are a testament to the impact of my music and the connection it creates with listeners.”

Arrow was released in October 2022.

Among the producers who worked on the project are former Kingston resident Lamar Reynolds (LMR Pro), Kevin Winebarger, Joshua Frerichs, Emmanuel Pule Mokhine, and Derek Keota.

K Anthony (real name Kevin Anthony Fowler) was baptised as a born-again Christian at the age of 12. After completing studies at Falmouth All-Age School, he received a track and field scholarship to attend William Knibb Memorial High School. However, his parents decided that he would attend the Harrison Memorial High School in Montego Bay. After finishing studies at that institution, he enrolled in the music programme at the Northern Caribbean University in Mandeville.

K Anthony is working on new music.

“I am currently working on an eclectic project that blends Afrobeats with elements of dancehall and contemporary Christian music (CCM). It’s an exciting fusion of genres that reflects my diverse influences and musical inspirations. I’m passionate about creating music that resonates with people from different backgrounds and cultures, and this project allows me to explore new sounds and styles while staying true to my message and vision as an artiste,” said K Anthony.

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