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The journey continues

Oshene Watson and Robert Ewart focused on making music

Published:Wednesday | October 5, 2022 | 12:07 AMAaliyah Cuningham/Gleaner Writer
St Thomas native Oshene Watson has stepped outside of her comfort zone. The lone female finalist, who placed third in Sunday’s ‘Digicel Rising Stars’ said this is because of the competition.
St Thomas native Oshene Watson has stepped outside of her comfort zone. The lone female finalist, who placed third in Sunday’s ‘Digicel Rising Stars’ said this is because of the competition.
Robert Ewart says his real career in music has just begun.
Robert Ewart says his real career in music has just begun.
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Though she did not take the top spot in the finale of Sunday’s ‘Digicel Rising Stars’ competition, Oshene Watson still has plans to continue pursuing music.

The contest’s only female finalist, Watson, who placed third, said she is focused on finding the support she needs.

“I want to do music,” she said enthusiastically. “I don’t want to rush, but I need to rush in terms of finding the right person for me, the right person to support my brand or what I like. You know you have a lot of people out there who like how you look, and so they want to exert certain pressure on you; but I want to do what I love as the character that I love,” the St Thomas native continued.

For Watson, ‘Digicel Rising Stars’ allowed her to step out of her comfort zone.

“The journey has been good; it has been fun, and it has been stressful. It has just been bittersweet in all its entirety, and I am happy to have experienced all that I did, and to have been up on stage conquering my fear every Sunday night and just doing what I love to do,” she said.

FALL INTO PLACE

Watson also encouraged those who are thinking about entering next year, but still having second thoughts, to just be brave.

“Just do it. The first step is to make the first step, and everything will just fall into place. And the fear will just take time and leave, and everything will just work as it is supposed to,” she urged.

For Robert Ewart, who placed second, his real career in music has just begun, and supporters can look for music from him in the coming weeks.

“I have been looking for the platform to put my music out there, and ‘Digicel Rising Stars’ gave me that platform, so come this week or next week, I will be dropping my first single. So, this is just the exposure to get the word out there, but it’s time now to start my music career,” Ewart said.

As for his time in the competition, he said it’s all based on the efforts that contestants make each week.

“You might come, and you might be shy, and it might be hard; and depending on how much you want it, what you put in, is what you get out. I never expected to be so far up in the competition, so to get second place is a big achievement for me. This is my dream,” he explained.

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