With authenticity at his core, the acronym M.E. is only fitting for this rising star who is creating his own niche within the Reggae-Soul genre. He defines his music as the place where R&B and Soul meets Reggae and Dancehall. It is with passion and tenacity that this artiste develops and delivers his music.
Mario completed his degree in Songwriting and Music Business Management from the Berklee College of Music in December 2010 and after spending some time in New York performing, is back in Jamaica developing his artistry and carefully piecing together his album, "Reggae Soul Vol. 1: M.E. on Love". In New York, Evon opened for Reggae Crossover band, New Kingston, performed numerous times at Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar, and also at the first Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival. In 2011, Mario made it to the final of four rounds of the Amateur Night at the Apollo competition in Harlem, NY and continues to draw from the diverse experience he is gathering as a performer.
While at Berklee College of Music, he shared the stage with Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire), producer/bassist Don Was, Angelique Kidjoe, and had the privilege of performing for legends, such as Smokey Robinson and Gamble and Huff. In January 2010, he was an opening act on the main stage of Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival setting the stage for Marion Hall, Jon Secada, Hall and Oates and Gladys Knight. Marking his return to Jamaica, he set the talent stage on fire in 2013 performing between Dionne Warwick and John Legend, to a large and appreciative audience.
Juliet competed for Jamaica in the 1992 Summer Olympics held in Barcelona, Spain in the 100 Meters and 200 Meters where she won the silver medal. The same year she was deservedly elected Jamaican sportswoman of the year.
Four years later at the Atlanta 1996 Games, she helped the Jamaican 4 x 100m relay team of Michelle Freeman, Nikole Mitchell and Merlene Ottey to the bronze medal. With the Jamaican sprint relay team, she also won a gold medal (1991) at the Tokyo World Championship and another two silver medals in 1995 and 1997 at World Championships.
Juliet, retired in 1999, based upon an Achilles injury. She first returned home to Jamaica to take up a position at Western Sports as a marketing manager promoting their PUMA brand. It was then that she was discovered by Ed Barnes who brought her into television to do analysis at track and field meetings. She was later recruited by then program manager at KLAS FM, Ed Wallace, to work at a VMBS Boys' and Girls' Championships. Chairman Alston Stewart then asked her to be a regular presenter for the daily sports talk program Scoreboard.
She is now the owner of Cuthbert's Fitness Studio in Kingston, Jamaica.
Gina, the reigning Miss Jamaica World, was born in Jamaica before moving to London for high school. Describing herself as “extremely family orientated”, Gina would like to take over the family business after studying history and politics at university.
An athletic person, Gina enjoys a variety of sports, having swum competitively in her youth and also taking part in the "Race for Life" for the past four years. She is also a blue belt in Taekwondo. In her spare time she enjoys listening to reggae music, paying the cello and her favourite book is To have or to be? By Erich Fromm.
In Her Own Words...
“I was raised by my two loving parents to be a strong and independent woman. I am extremely self-motivated and have always held the belief that you must do what you have to do, in order to do what you want to do. I recently completed my A-levels in German, History and Chemistry.
My hobbies include singing, dancing, swimming, netball and painting – as well as other forms of fine art.I have always had a passion for children and protecting their interests. Through charities I have adopted to make a difference in the lives of these children.”
Krystal Tomlinson is a 23 year old student at the University of the West Indies who has completed a Bachelor of Science in International Relation, Political Science and African Diaspora Studies. She now pursues an MSc. in Natural Resource Management with a specialization in Sustainable Urbanization.
She is a World University Debater and was ranked the number one Public Speaker in the world (2011-2012) by the World Universities Debate Championships. A passionate debater she also enjoys outreach, advocacy and the performing arts. She is the recipient of the UWI Premier Award for Leadership (2012) and the UWI Premier Award for Culture (2011).
She was selected to represent Jamaica at the 9th sitting of the Commonwealth Youth Parliament (May 2012) where she was ranked Best Youth Parliamentarian. Krystal is also a research assistant at the Centre for Disability Studies under the direction of Senator Floyd Morris.
Krystal is the Vision 2030 Youth Ambassador for 2013/2014, host of the cooking and travel log show Nyammings, Special Projects Coordinator at FAME 95FM and was recently crowned Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2013.
Dr. Terri-Karelle Reid
Dr. Terri-Karelle Reid can best be described as warm, bubbly, charismatic and a self-proclaimed sports analyst. Terri-Karelle enjoys the literary arts and was the youngest dancer to be instated in the Tony Wilson Dance Company. She has always been a model student and graduated from St Andrew Prep School as “The Student of the Year” and went on to Campion College where she graduated as “Deputy Head Girl”. Upon receiving a scholarship, she pursued Veterinary Medicine in Cuba where she graduated in 2007.
Quite the tomboy, Terri-Karelle walked away with the coveted title of Ms. Jamaica World in 2005. At the Ms. World Competition, she placed in the top 15- winning the Public Vote for the Caribbean, 2nd in talent and placed in the top 15 in the Beach Beauty competition. She has since spent 2 years as the Director of Public Relations of RISARC, a Healthcare company based in Los Angeles, and was the General Manager of Spartan Health Club.
Terri-Karelle continues to be a motivational speaker in schools (especially the secondary institutions across the island) and is currently working towards establishing a mentorship programme. She participates in various charity events. She dedicates her success to the loving support of her husband, mom, grandma and God. Terri-Karelle works at The Gleaner Company as the Online Brand Manager. Her philosophy is “never be content with someone else‟s definition of you!”
Molly Rhone (OJ)
Molly made sporting history in 2003. At the congress of the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) held in Jamaica, Rhone became the first and only Jamaican female to head an international sporting body.
She was president of the Jamaica Netball Association for 10 years and vice-president of the then International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA), now INF, from 1999 to 2003.
She has been president of netball's world governing body since 2003 and was re-elected to another four years in office that will take her to 2015.
The INF, with its headquarters in Manchester, England, was created in 1960 and is responsible for world rankings, maintaining the rules for netball and organising the World Netball Championships and all major netball international tournaments. The organisation has five regional areas: Africa, the Americas including the Caribbean, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.
In 2011, Rhone was conferred with the Order of Jamaica and has received numerous other awards as a sports administrator and for her work in netball across the globe. She was also named the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Sagicor Iconic Award for her contribution to the development of the sport in Jamaica and the world.