TAMARAC, FL (June 9, 2024) — On Saturday night, Nadine Sutherland, celebrating 45 years in the music industry this year, headlined the ISLAND GROOVE IN THE PARK family festival. This performance came right after she closed the KEY TO THE REGION award ceremony in spectacular fashion on Friday night (June 7) at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott. Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton and other elected officials in South Florida hosted the event.

Sutherland received enthusiastic cheers from the appreciative audience at the Gala and later commented, “I consider it a privilege to help Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton present the keys to the Region to the well-deserving Ky-Mani Marley and Miss Kitty, and also to honor the amazing ‘Coach Stormy Wellington,’ ‘Claudienne Hibbert,’ ‘Rhonda Rosemin,’ ‘Davion Silvera,’ ‘Mark Daniel,’ ‘Lana Lindo,’ and ‘Michelle Richards’.” Sutherland praised the efforts of Commissioner Marlon Bolton and his colleagues, stating that the Church, Diaspora, and wider communities in Tamarac and surrounding areas have greatly benefited from their work since he was elected in 2016 as the youngest and first Black representative to serve in his capacity.

Commissioner Marlon Bolton (left), Nadine Sutherland and Riddims Marketing CEO Eddy Edwards, share a photo moment at ISLAND GROOVE IN THE PARK on Saturday June 8th, at Caporella Park. (@judithannbodley photos)

Sutherland took the time to congratulate Ky-Mani Marley, expressing her pride in his achievements. They share a history, as she was signed by Reggae’s King Robert Nesta Marley to his Tuff Gong Label right after she won the inaugural Jamaican Tastee Talent Contest in 1979. The singer, songwriter, and academic also spoke highly of Khadine ‘Miss Kitty’ Wilkinson’s significant journey and hard work for the culture. Sutherland also highlighted violinist Stevin Avi’s riveting performance at the award ceremony and how music has profoundly impacted his life. Avi is fluent in 19 languages.

You can check out Nadine Sutherland’s performance on her social media pages: Instagram and Facebook. Don’t miss her new single, “Acoustic Queen,” available on Spotify.