Jada Redmond never takes a singing opportunity for granted, especially one as esteemed as the Stellar Gospel Music Awards.
Redmond, 16, was nominated for best youth project of the year for her album, “My Season.” It’s her second Stellar nod — Redmond received her first nomination at age 11.
“First time I was nominated, I cried,” the Eastside High School sophomore said. “The second time I didn’t, but I was still in awe.”
The Stellar Awards recognizes the year’s best performances in the genre, honors gospel music icons and acknowledges those who have been instrumental in advocating for the industry. The 35th annual event was scheduled for March 27 at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena but has since been postponed to Aug. 14-16 due to concerns over the coronavirus.
This year’s categories included best artist of the year, best album of the year and best music video of the year.
Don Jackson, founder of the Stellar Awards, said the show is one of the longest-running nationally televised awards program for African Americans.
A member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Simpsonville, Redmond said music has always been a big part of her life.
“I grew up in a church where my dad was a musician and my mom was a part of the choir,” she said. “I’ve just been around music ever since I was born.”
But singing isn’t Redmond’s only talent. She also writes her own music, runs track and recently started her own cosmetics line.
“She amazes me with her balance and she is incredibly focused,” said Redmond’s mother, Teresa Redmond.