ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

Kiokya Cruickshank’s Bio

Kiokya Cruickshank, who can be considered as a prime national youth hero of St.Vincent & the Grenadines, has made “a joyful noise unto the Lord as long as she can remember.

Born in Guyana in 1986 to Guyanese parents Cidbert & Carol Cruickshank, she later arrived to the shores of St.Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) at the age of three(3) to reconnect with her strong Vincentian roots which includes her father’s mother, Mrs. May Cruickshank. Being born to a musical family which includes her parents, uncles & aunts who formed the locally famous Gospel band – “The Revival Players”, it was only natural for her to develop her craft while attending many rehearsals and making appearances with the band, which includes her rendition of “I Surrender All” at the tender age of 11, during a Ron Kenoly concert held at The Victoria Park in SVG.

As a resident of Layou, Kiokya attended the Barrouallie Anglican primary school, and the Barrouallie Secondary school where she won the inter-secondary school singing competition during her second year of high school. At age 16 she continued to emerge as one of the best young local gospel talents as she was selected to sing the album and festival team song for the inaugural SVG Gospel Fest in April of 2003. Just two years later, while being a student of
the St.Vincent Technical College, Kiokya continued to lift high the name of Jesus as she competed in and won the first-ever Eastern Caribbean Digicel Rising Star Competition (2005). Upon arrival back home, she was honored with a distinguished dinner and party by the prime minister of St.Vincent and the Grenadines, the Hon. Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves. She also gained tremendous worthwhile local & regional recognition. Later that year at the “Flame Awards” in Barbados, she was awarded the “Overseas Artiste of the year”.

 

In 2006, Kiokya completed the recording of her first album entitled “Heart to Heart” which was written and produced by her highly talented uncle – Mr. Andy Cruickshank. Kiokya has since been performing throughout the Caribbean, North America and beyond. In 2009 Kiokya performed at a Gospel Music workshop in Nashville Tennessee that also had international gospel artistes Mrs. Yolanda Adams and Vicky Winans who were also featured at the workshop. As a leading Eastern Caribbean Gospel Artiste, Kiokya attended the 2010 UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women) Caribbean workshop which was held in Barbados. The workshop’s primary objective was to inform the artiste and their fans about the impact of domestic violence against women in the region. At this workshop, Kiokya worked along with various Caribbean artistes such as Destra Garcia of TNT, TC & Edwin Yearwood of Barbados and recorded a Television campaign ad with Patrice Roberts of TNT. The ad can be viewed on several Caribbean television channels including Caribbean Vision and Tempo TV.

Kiokya who’s main passion is serving the Lord as a worship leader was also featured as one of the main Gospel Artiste at 2011 “Worship Experience” Featuring William McDowell and 2014 “Break Every Chain” Featuring Tasha Cobbs Concerts that was held in St. Vincent And The Grenadines. Later that year in 2014, Kiokya also won the inaugural (Association of Music Professionals) Amp Awards’ for Gospel Artiste of the Year 2013. Kiokya has served as Worship Leader at Harvest Bible Chapel St.Vincent and the Grenadines for 8 years from April 2010 and has received a lot of training in worship arts and worship leading from Harvest Bible Chapel Chicago.

Kiokya continues to make an impact on the local regional and international gospel scene evident by the release of her 2019 single “I can’t do it without You!” released on June 2, 2019, which is currently featured as no. six on the Caribbean African American Countdown (CAAG), wish is aired on BTC Flow TV, ZNS Bahamas, Our TV Caribvision TV, Tempo TV, CH 44 Africa, All Nations TV and BPEN TV.

On January 28th, 2022 Kiokya has released her latest Single entitled “Desperate For You” which is now streaming on all major digital platforms. Whether the world stage or the local church stage, Kiokya is pleased to offer her gifts unto the Lord

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