More News – November 2012

MORE NEWS

The best known songs of Grammy nominated worship leader MATT REDMAN are being released on a new compilation, ‘Sing Like Never Before: The Essential Collection’. The album, issued by Kingsway on 12th November, will include his recent number one single “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)”, past classics like “You Never Let Go”, “The Heart Of Worship” and “You Alone Can Rescue”, all-new recordings of his songs “Our God” and “Better Is One Day” plus the new song “Love So High”

Integrity Music announces the global release of BRIAN DOERKSEN Ultimate Collection, a 15-track album from the JUNO and Covenant Award winning worship leader and songwriter. The project features some of Doerksen’s best-loved songs including “Come Now Is The Time To Worship,” “Refiner’s Fire,” “Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing), which he co-wrote with Brenton Brown and “Thank You For The Cross,” which he co-wrote with Kathryn Scott. A native of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Doerksen is also a conference speaker, pastor and the author of the book Make Love, Make War: NOW Is the Time to Worship (David CCook). His recordings include Level Ground, It’s Time, Holy God, Live in Europe, Today and You Shine.

Singer/songwriter ADAM BAKER writes: “In the summer I was performing at the London 2012 Olympics in the Olympic Park. As a Christian artist it was an awesome opportunity and I felt so blessed to be part of the Games sharing my music. It was a great experience. Out of 80 artists who played in the Park I am one of 21 other artists who were selected especially to go on an Olympic Album https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/emerging-icons-in-park-as/id564838317 , a review was posted here http://www.emergingicons.com/News/Article?articleId=183 and the Huffington Post also wrote about the album. 30,000 people tuned in to the Student Radio Chart Show on Sunday to listen to a selection of artists who feature on the album of which I was one.” www.adambakermusic.co.uk

Encouragingly, CROSSRHYTHMS are now 33% of the way towards their target of 150 urgently needed new Friends of Cross Rhythms, having reached 50 new Friends since we communicated their need. This is the best response they have ever had for new Friends, so a huge thank you to everyone who has responded so far. This target of 150 Friends at just £10 per month is the extra amount they estimate we need in order to sustain the current work of Cross Rhythms every month. If you think the ministry of Cross Rhythms – reaching youth and people outside our church walls through media is of value, please do consider partnering with them. They need you! www.crossrhythms.co.uk

Brentwood-Benson Music songwriter JEFF SLAUGHTER, whose songs have touched millions of children and families throughout his career, has released “Under God,” a patriotic single extolling the Christian values on which the United States was founded. The popular songwriter, who co-wrote the song with Preston Dalton and Spencer Dalton, hopes “Under God” will challenge Christians in the U.S. to pray for their country in the countdown to the 2012 Presidential election on November 6.

Since PAUL POULTON’s successful tour of the US last summer, he has been busy in the studio recording his 14th album. “Wade in the Water” is a single from the forthcoming album “Words” by the Paul Poulton Project. Paul has put together a tight talented group for this year’s project. As well as musician Leroy Johnson, Denise J Thompson is on her drums with her solid yet sensitive playing. Denise also sings some strong gospel type backing vocals. Paul laid out the arrangement which always hits the mark at live performances, he’s also singing, playing guitar and took care of the production. The single will be released on iTunes, Amazon etc on November 5th.

The young and talented British singer, PHILIPPA HANNA, is keeping herself very busy this year with many exciting ventures. Not only is she planning her new book with Authentic Media but she has also been supporting the legendary Lionel Richie on his UK Tuskegee Tour this month! Her new book will be scheduled for next summer, further details will be released as soon as they have been confirmed. Philippa, who was previously signed to Authentic Media’s record label, has also agreed for Authentic to once again distribute her backlist titles. These will be available from November 2012 and include: Taste, Watching Me, Out of the Blue EP (7 tracks), and Live at the Lantern DVD. Philippa is said to be ‘really excited to be releasing the new book’ and ‘pleased to be working again with Authentic’.

Singer/songwriter, author and theologian MICHAEL MILTON has unveiled his first Christmas CD, When Heaven Came Down. The 15-song collection of original compositions evokes a peaceful atmosphere in which to celebrate and contemplate the Advent and Christmas seasons. “When Heaven Came Down is a desire to express the drama, beauty and wonder of the Incarnation, when God became Man,” Milton says about the new CD. “The songs range in feel from Celtic to ballads to symphonic. Yet the scarlet thread that ties them all together is, well, I will say it again, ‘wonder.’ It is my prayer that the listener will come away from this album sensing that heaven has come down personally, intimately, and hopefully.

‘Amazing Grace’ is the new 2 disc CD & DVD Set from black gospel stars THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP. Featuring 11 newly recorded songs, with unforgettable remakes of ‘People Get Ready’ and ‘Amazing Grace’, the package also includes the recently filmed and historic DVD documentary ‘Music Majors – The Rance Allen Group. Released on the Tyscot Record label, the album is available from November 27th.

For new artist JULIE ELIAS, 2012 has been a watershed year as the multi-faceted performer prepares to release A Wild Rose, the singer/songwriter’s debut full-length CD of all-original music, on November 13. The independently-released project follows Holy Night, the singer/songwriter’s 2011 Nativity-themed CD. Elias has spent the past year writing and recording the songs for her CD after a stint in Hollywood, where she added TV, film and stage credits to her resume. In addition to songwriting and time in the studio in recent months, Elias has promoted her new music at numerous Christian music festivals and at Disney’s popular Night of Joy, where she performed on the Talent Spotlight Stage. “These songs are the stories of my life, spanning good and bad times,” Elias says.

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The Review Zone – November 2012

THE REVIEW ZONE

With grateful acknowledgement to: AUTHENTIC, ELEVATION, EMICMG, FIERCE, INTEGRITY, JOININGTHEDOTS DISTRIBUTION,  McCAIN, SURVIVOR & VERITY MEDIA ORGANISATIONS.

ALBUM OF THE MONTH

TENTH AVENUE NORTH : The Struggle. (Reunion Records :  02341-0163-2)

This is on the whole, a fairly up tempo rock album. Some of the songs are contemporary, some of them are worship songs. The lyrics deal with the general doubts and worries of everyday life, and I would think that there would be something on here that just about everyone could relate to in some way. The music reminds me a lot of U2, in particular the vocals. I didn’t find any tracks on this CD that I didn’t like though. The title track is very good, and there’s a track called “You Do All Things Well”, which I thought might be a cover of Chris Tomlin’s identically titled song. It isn’t though, It is one of the best tracks however. This will appeal to anyone who likes straightforward no nonsense rock music. Definitely worth a listen if you get the chance.   9/10.   Andy Sayner.

NIGEL & ROWENA : Emmaus Road.   (www.cherithmusic.co.uk)

Husband and wife Team Nigel & Rowena Steady have been playing music together since 1982. After around 4 years, they recorded a cassette of songs, and this Cd is a re-master  from that original recording. Music comes from acoustic guitar, piano, and keyboard, and along with Rowena’s vocal delivery, the style is pretty much folky. The songs are unashamedly evangelistic in most cases, such as ‘Hearken’ and ’Seed Packet Song’ which tell of how Jesus can give you a new start, and how you can be born again. After the gentle pace of the first, two songs, ‘Take My Hand’ is more uptempo, but rather short to make a lasting impression. ‘Mary Magdalene’ is a very thoughtful song, looking at how Mary was feeling after seeing Jesus die on the cross. It’s one song that gives the listener time for reflection on the subject. The title track is, perhaps, the strongest cut, and sticks in your head for a while afterwards – always a good sign, I think. Towards the end, the couple sing a Bryn Haworth song called ‘Love, Acceptance & Forgiveness’. I’d never heard it before and, although this version is very well done, I would like to hear Rowena’s sweet vocals with a fuller backing sound. The rise in the use of computer generated music since the original recording has meant that albums like this are few and far between. Perhaps that’s why this collection of songs sounds so fresh. It will be interesting to see how Nigel & Rowena’s new album sounds in a few months time.   7/10.  

DAVE CLIFTON : Old Sea Road.   (www.littleroom.com)

For those of you who haven’t come across Dave’s music before, then, his Little Room Music company have been recording and publishing for nearly twenty years. His own music pedigree has seen him tour with the likes of Bob Geldof, Suzanne Vega, and Clannad, amongst others. This latest 5 track EP is clear of any electronic loops or samples and features the musical sounds of mandolin, guitar, violin, and whistles. ‘Old Sea Road’ is written about a traditional music pub that he and co-writer Phil Baggaley visited in Ireland. Dave’s voice is very warm and reminded me of 90’s Leeds based artist, Joe King. It’sa really nice song, and one that I enjoyed listening to. ‘21st Century Song’ looks at our busy lives and how we not only fail to make time for God, but our family as well. The overall sound of each song is crisp and clear, while you just can’t help loving Dave’s vocal tones. ‘The Water Is Wide’ is a wistful love song, while the closing ‘Welcome Home’ sees David Fitzgerald’s whistle accompanying Dave’s mandolin on a short but enjoyable celtic jig. The download version from the website is for sale at a “name your price” option, and that’s a bargain!   8/10.

FRED HAMMOND : God, Love & Romance.  (Verity : 88697-80990-2)

As original co-founder of the RnB gospel group Commissioned, Fred Hammond’s career span more than twenty years. This latest 2 CD package contains a mixture of romantic ballads with traditional, worshipful gospel originals. There are also a number of spoken Bible verses that relate to the following song on the track listing. The first disc concentrates on human love and relationships, especially marriage. ‘When I Come home to You’ declares the joy of a husband being so grateful for the love of his wife. It’s a nice song, and a very smooth sound. ‘I’m In Love With You’ needs no description, it’s just a very simple love song, in the Teddy Prendegrass style. I must admit that the dialogue between songs didn’t help the flow of the music but it did show that a lot of thought and prayer had gone into the make up of the album. The second CD is basically praise and worship, and includes the hit single ‘I Feel Good’. Again, the music is smooth RnB and works well on songs like ‘I Will Lift Him Up’ and ‘You’re Gonna Make It’. U.S gospel doesn’t always make the transition to the UK but this one is worth a listen.   7/10.

FIKE : The Moment We’ve Been Waiting For.  (Integrity :  50572)

This is the debut CD by husband and wife worship leaders Richie and Dana Fike, from Colorado. Slickly produced pop ccm, some tracks feature Dana on lead vocals, others Richie. Both are accomplished, note-perfect vocalists (with no discernible auto-tune present(!) – Richie’s voice a typical ‘tenor with gravel’ and Dana’s clear and pure. The overtly ‘Christian message’ lyrics can be easily followed, and are also included in the CD insert. Opening with the title track, Dana takes lead vocals on what is in effect Fike’s equivalent of Phatfish’s ‘There is a day’ – i.e. about Christ’s second coming. This is a good album overall, but three tracks stand out for me. I wasn’t surprised to discover that the bouncy ‘Wait’, with Richie on lead, was evidently released as a single – I’m blowed if I can remember the artist/band that this track reminds me of,  but it’s very good! Dana’s slow, worshipful delivery of ‘Glorious You are’ is very effective, and the slow and bluesy closer ‘That’s why I praise’ best shows what Richie can do vocals-wise – excellent. Downsides? Only one really – with mostly good sound quality, it is a pity that one or two tracks sound thrashy and compressed. I must mention however that the front cover features a clock (‘the moment we’ve been waiting for – geddit?!) that has its hands out of alignment! Significant, or what? A worthy 8/10. Dave Deeks

THE REMISSION FLOW : The Light That Floods.   (www.7coremusic.com)

Based in Monaghan Ireland, the Remission Flow are seven ordinary musicians, from across the sectarian divide. Having originally formed to lead worship at the Remission youth event, the band are united in their love for Jesus, passionate about leading people in sung worship and desperate to see God heal and restore lives. After the release of two singles, this is the album that the media has been waiting for. It’s not your ordinary worship album, but there lies its strength. ‘Walls’ opens proceedings, and I particularly liked the football chant ending. I can see this taking off at live events! The strongest track though, for me, is “The Father’s Love”. It’s not really a singalong type of song, but it has a beat that buzzes in your head. Darren Mulligan’s vocals are different enough to stand out from the crowd, and it was good to be able to hear every word that he sings. “Your Word” is one of those simple repetitive praise songs that you just can’t help joining in with. There’s also some infectious guitar work too. The lyrics of each song are plain and simple such as the phrase my “Saviour died for me” on “My Saviour Lives”, and the “Love of Jesus” on “All Creation”. Don’t expect The Remission Flow to be “just another P&W band”, they’re much more than that. With a sound that has already created their own identity, I’m sure that we will be hearing a lot more of them in the future.   8/10.

VARIOUS : Say the Word.   (Elevation : ELE1752D)

This album has been produced for those who can’t read, or English is their second or third language. It contains easy to remember songs that enable people of all sorts, ages and abilities to express their worship to God. I’m really pleased I read this, because otherwise, I would have been greatly disappointed by this collection songs, written and performed by a host of unknown artists. Both ‘Hallelujah, Praise the Lord’ and ‘Send Your Light’ sound as if they are aimed at very young children. We then move onto some more adult worship with ‘Jewel in the Crown’ and ‘We Trust in You Jesus’. Chas Spradbury’s ‘Praise God For He Is Mighty’ is one of the few tracks that I can see being used in collective worship, and stands head and shoulders above anything else. There’s also a disc containing backing tracks of all the songs, but I certainly won’t be using them. I’m not sure that the album really hits the mark.   4/10.

Little Room Recordings (Website:  www.littleroom.com)

The first thing to say before diving in is that this is not a review of the music presented at the Little Room site, but the site itself, which has undergone a significant revamp. Run by acclaimed and eclectic musician, David Clifton, Little Room was formed in 1993 primarily to release material produced by Clifton and Andy Piercey, and the site offers this and much more besides. The focus is on the sale of music for download and offers a number of file formats, not just the classic mp3 so beloved of most. It is easy to navigate, although the fact that you have to click through to a recording’s purchase page in order to hear a sample can make finding something of interest a fairly drawn out process, and there are clearly marked links to both specific artists and different genres. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into the usability of the site, and it works well. However, there are some issues, mainly in the style department. Firstly, it is too text heavy, with even the home page livened up by only a few CD cover thumbnails down the left hand side, and I just didn’t find it very inviting. The designers have gone for a fairly muted choice of colours which is fine, but combined with the predominance of text it comes over as a little dull. More of a problem was the decidedly not dull “hot pink” text on the Library page which, when combined with my minor visual impairment, was almost impossible to read clearly. On the plus side, then, there is plenty of content here that you won’t find on mainstream worship music sites but the look and feel doesn’t grab the attention, which probably won’t encourage visitors to spend the time needed to find something new to listen to. 6/10 David Cooper

SPRING HARVEST : Live Worship – Actually.   (Elevation : ELE1734D)

With worship leaders like Vicky Beeching, Mark Beswick, Pete James, Geraldine Latty and Cathy Burton on show, you know that this collection of songs are going to lift your spirits. Of course, there’s an uplifting opener, and on this occasion it’s Brian Johnson and Jeremy Riddle’s ‘You Are Good’. Expertly sung by Pete James, it has a worshipful verse, followed by a great chorus of praise. Vicky Beeching sings her own song, ‘Better Than Life’, and somehow manages to weave a verse of ‘Amazing Grace’ seamlessly into it. ’Praise the Lord With Me’ has few words but is strangely infectious and really draws the listener into praise. I’m always on the look out for those songs that can easily be used in  a church environment, rather than just a big top celebration, and Samuel Lane’s ‘Adore Him’ is one. Cathy Burton sings it, and does a great job, too. Unlike some live recordings, the sound quality is very good throughout, and it’s also nice to hear some of the audience singing gloriously along to songs like ’My Heart Is Singing Loud’. Well done everyone, this is a very good album.   9/10.

LLEF (The Cry) : Sound of Wales.   (Elevation : ELE1680D)

Sound of Wales are more than just a worship band, they are a worship ministry, a collective of musicians based in Wales who want to be part of revealing Jesus glory to the earth. They are about impacting communities with the power of music and training up the next generation of worship leaders. And now they have collectively released a worship album. The four main musicians involved in this project are Cath Woolridge, Jon Goode, Mark Galozzi-Hibbert and Rachel Mathias though there are many others than contribute to the album including the Dependent Sessions Male Voice Choir – well you cant have an album from Wales without one can you?! It features a collection of eleven songs written by the team (though mainly Cath and Jon) and some traditional hymns in a contemporary style. Of the latter you will find Stuart Hine’s arrangement of “How Great Thou Art” and the undervalued “Here is Love Vast as The Ocean” with lyrics in Welsh and English. There are Celtic nuances in the sound, unsurprisingly, but it is not strongly a Celtic album. For the most part though, it does seem to offer a fresh perspective on contemporary worship – there is definitely a “sound of Wales” in there – and Cath’s mezzo vocals are a welcome change to the more regular and ubiquitous sopranos that usually take centre stage. “Your Way, Yahweh” and “Romans 8”  are the stand out original pieces for me and although it seems to lose a little consistency of style towards the end, it is a an excellent debut.   8/10   Robin Thompson.

 PLANETSHAKERS : Heal Our Land.  (Integrity/Columbia :  00076850772)

Ever since the first Planet Shakers conference in Australia in 1997, the band leading worship there have produced no less than 25 albums and in the process have gained quite a following across the globe. Of these releases, over half have been live recordings and this one joins that throng, bringing the expected mix of incredibly catchy rock anthems, bouncy pop numbers and atmospheric ballads. “Supernatural” opens up for us with a high octane rock anthem complete with thumping drum rhythms, catchy riffs and synths. The 2nd track “Good to Me” is more synth led and had a distinct 80s Euro flavour to it which brought back many memories of my mis-spent youth! If you have any energy left, the pace continues with “Do It Again” until the title track “Heal Our Land” allows you to catch your breath and relax a little with a more worshipful ballad with some Psalm like poetic words of worship. In addition to the CD, you also get an accompanying DVD of the live tracks, including “Nothing is Impossible” which features no less than giant of the Gospel scene Israel Houghton  I sometimes find such DVDs a bit of a damp squib but this one is well shot and does help convey something of the event’s atmosphere. As a listening experience, it is hard to fault this package: great production, a sharp set of musicians plus some memorable tunes and riffs. However if I do have to find a possible flaw, it would be that it does tend to feel like a bit of a holy disco at times as opposed to an out-and-out offering of worship. That said though, this could work in its favour in appealing to a more secular audience which is no bad thing. I cannot help but like this album and there’s little chance of it sitting gathering dust here!   9/10 Simon Redfern

UK Gig and Event Guide November 2012

NOVEMBER

1   WORTHING, Pavillion Theatre.   Charlie Landsborough.   01903 206206

1   BALLYMONEY, Town Hall.   Juliet Turner.   www.julietturner.com

2   WARRINGTON, Bold Street Methodist Church.   Connected Worship Conference..   www.methodist.orh.uk/lp

2   SHREWSBURY, Theatre Severn.   Charlie Landsborough.   01743 281281

3   IPSWICH,  Corn Exchange.   Charlie Landsborough.   01473 433100

3-4   LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL.   John Bell (Iona Community).   www.visitlichfield.co.uk

4   LIVERPOOL, Philharmonic.   Charlie Landsborough.   0151 709 3789

5-9   BATTLE, Crowhurst Christian Healing Centre.   Retreat led by Marilyn Baker.   www.mbm-ministires.org

7   CULLEN.   John Froud.   01274 580817

8   SHREWSBURY, Baptist Church.   Imagine Training Workshop.   02073 999 555

9   CAMBRIDGE. Lou Fellingham.   07952 625 518

11   GATESHEAD, The Sage.   Gareth Davies-Jones, Calum Stewart.   info@Garethdavies-jones.com

12   GUERNSEY, Eldad Elim Church.   Imagine Training Workshop.   01481 257431

13   DESFORD, Free Church. Marilyn Baker.   01732 850855.

15   CHELTENHAM.   Lou Fellingham.   07934 508 182.

16   EASTBOURNE, Devonshire Park.   Mission Worship.   www.missionworship.com

17-18   GREAT YARMOUTH, Christchurch Methodist.   Marilyn Baker.   01732 850855.

18   HALIFAX, Christ Church, Mount Pellon.   Noel Richards.   Heptins@virginmedia.com

21   BOURNEMOUTH.   Matt Redman, The Rend Collective.   www.BigChurchNightIn.com

22   SWANSEA.   Matt Redman, The Rend Collective.   www.BigChurchNightIn.com

23   DUNSTABLE.   Matt Redman, The Rend Collective.   www.BigChurchNightIn.com

23   WAREHAM.   John Froud.   01274 580817

23   DERRY, Culturlan Ui Chanain.   Juliet Turner.   www.julietturner.com

23   KETTERING.   Lou Fellingham.   07734 086 957.

24   BATH.   Matt Redman, The Rend Collective.   www.BigChurchNightIn.com

24   CHRISTCHURCH.   John Froud.   01274 580817

24   CHESSINGTON.   Lou Fellingham.   020 8391 5522.

24   SCARBOROUGH, Ebeneezer Baptist Church.   Ian White.   01723 367393.

24-25   THETFORD.   Marilyn Baker.   www.mbm-ministires.org

27   YORK, Black Swan.   Union Jill.   unionjillmusic@gmail.com

28   BRACKNELL.   Matt Redman, The Rend Collective.   www.BigChurchNightIn.com

29   ONGAR, Mulberry House.   Marilyn Baker.   www.mbm-ministires.org

29   PETERBOROUGH.   Matt Redman, The Rend Collective.   www.BigChurchNightIn.com

30   SOUTHAMPTON.   Lou Fellingham.   02380 860 320.

30   NOTTINGHAM.   Matt Redman, The Rend Collective.   www.BigChurchNightIn.com

DECEMBER

1   CROWHURST, Christian Healing Centre.   Marilyn Baker – Creative Writing Day.   01732 850855.

1   LONDON.   Matt Redman, The Rend Collective.   www.BigChurchNightIn.com

8-9   LEEDS, Garforth.   Power of the Holy Spirit Conference.   0113 2285917.

14   ASHINGDON   John Froud.   01274 580817

15   LEIGH-ON-SEA.   John Froud.   01274 580817

30   BELFAST, The Black Box.   Juliet Turner.   www.julietturner.com

JANUARY 2013

 26   OMAGH, Strule Arts Centre.   Juliet Turner.   www.julietturner.com

FEBRUARY

13   FOLKESTONE, Cheriton Baptist Church.   Marilyn Baker.   01732 850855.

21   TOTTENHAM.   Marilyn Baker.   01732 850855.

MARCH

4-8   POOLE, Green Pastures.   Retreat – Marilyn Baker.   01732 850855.

18-22   LYNDEY, Lindors Country House Hotel.   Retreat led by Marilyn Baker.   01732 850855.

 

News – November 2012

NEWS

This November the BigChurchNightIn ‘Worship Tour’ with Matt Redman and Rend Collective Experiment will be heading out to venues across the UK! The event aims to draw local churches together for an exciting night of celebration. This will be Matt’s first extended UK tour since returning from living in the USA where he was part of the Passion City Church in Atlanta. Matt is married to Beth and they have five children. They are now based in Brighton. He is the writer of songs such as ‘Blessed Be Your Name’, ‘You Never Let Go’ and ‘The Heart of Worship’. More recent songs include ’10,000 Reasons’ from his latest album, and ‘Our God’ written with Jonas Myrin, Chris Tomlin and Jesse Reeves. Also, with two critically acclaimed albums and a stand out performance at this years BigChurchDayOut, Rend Collective Experiment will be joining the BigChurchNightIn. They started in 2004 as a group of confused 20 something’s trying to figure out life, God and community. Then in 2007 grew into a collective of musicians and artists trying to share with the world what they were learning. Reminding the church that we are called to be “One” a “Collective” even a “Family”. Check out this month’s Gig & Event Guide for details, or For further info go to www.bigchurchnightin.com

 Singer-songwriter Juliet Turner is offering a free compilation download at http://noisetrade.com/julietturner
Juliet will be releasing a new song called “The House at the Top of the Hill” in early December 2012. Further details will be given at www.julietturner.com in the next couple of months. This will be available for download at http://julietturner.bandcamp.com/  Juliet’s 1996 recording Lets Hear it for Pizza is also available for download at her bandcamp site.

East Yorkshire’s HOT GOSPEL CHOIR are asking for your support for a brand new fund-raising project that could lead to an historic breakthrough, in the medical world. The whole focus of this project is a HUGE concert that will be held at Hull City Hall 7th December. The high profile concert will feature Hot Gospel, (The North’s premier Gospel choir) All For One Choir, (a huge adult choir made of 250 wonderful people from the East Yorkshire Area) and a scratch teen choir known as All For Felly(made up of Josh Fells friends from Hornsea School). This wonderful event has some great support from many high profile local people and we are hoping will attract lots of publicity both regionally and potentially nationally into this wonderful example of communities coming together for a shared purpose.
Christmas in a Heart Beat (the Concert), will take place 7th December 2012 at Hull City Hall. Funds will be raised from a donation from tickets sales, concert programme sponsorship and a great raffle. Tickets can be booked through The City Hall Box office 01482 300 300. If you would like to get involved and support the event in any way, please contact hello@allforonechoir.com

Popular songwriter, producer and recording artist FREDDY WASHINGTON, who has earned Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award nominations for his songwriting and production work with the likes of Hip Hop luminary Da’ T.R.U.T.H. and Gospel Dream winner Melinda Watts, releases his debut, double-disc project, The Jesus Record today. Skirting the edges of Gospel, Hip Hop and R&B and pop, with hints of Washington’s early influences Phil Collins, Andrae Crouch, Michael W. Smith and Kirk Franklin, the songs on The Jesus Record feel right at home on both contemporary Christian and Gospel radio formats. While the music will move your feet, Washington’s rich, compelling vocals will lift your spirit.

Gospel/Jazz pioneer BEN TANKARD has been nominated for a SOUL TRAIN MUSIC AWARD following the release of his 18th solo CD “Full Tank”. “This is the most successful record of my 20+ year career, and the music industry is buzzing with excitement about it,” Tankard says.

New Haven Records and RSI Music Group have announced that Academy of Country Music award-winner GORDON MOTE’S new Christmas project, The Star Still Shines, will hit store shelves October 16. The holiday CD combines Southern Gospel, inspirational, and country music-flavoured renditions of new and traditional Christmas songs and carols, including Michael W. Smith’s classic “Emmanuel” and Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Christmas Is All In the Heart.”

Award winning gospel artist AMI RUSHES has produced a 122 page Word-focused and Christ-centred tool of healing and uplift. Her love for people and compassionfor the hurting are communicated on every page while ministering to the reder with simplicity, clarity and insight. ‘Monday Manna’ contains a foreward by Bishop Charles E. Blake Snr.

Jesus Culture With Martin Smith Live From New York : One of the most significant releases of the year will be the new Jesus Culture double CD, a live recording from the Hope Is Alive arena in New York, featuring Kim Walker-Smith, Chris Quilala and special guest and former Delirious? frontman Martin Smith. An unforgettable night, captured as an unforgettable recording, Live From New York looks set to further establish Jesus Culture’s passion-drenched worship albums as absolutely essential listening. Live From New York arrives on 20th November…..UK worship leader ANDY SMITH will be known to many for his work with The Eden Project and The Message Trust. He’s lead worship from the stages of Spring Harvest and New Wine and will tour the UK again in 2013 with The Message Trust. Andy’s songs have already impacted UK churches through Breathe his earlier release on Survivor’s Emerge label, and on albums such as Spring Harvest’s Fresh: New Songs. ‘Ladders, Rocks & Lightening Swords’ is full of heartfelt, congregation-friendly worship songs with superb acoustic-based arrangements and first-class production…..Spring Harvest Acoustic Worship 2  : Today’s worship songwriters offer some rousing anthems, but this release strips away the big arrangements to let the melody and words shine through. Stripped back to a few essential instruments with which many churches will play them, on this resource less is quite definitely more!….This Is Your Kingdom Come Now: Casey Corum & Friends Live From The Sugar Land Vineyard New and powerful congregational songs recorded live in Texas. Featuring veteran worship leader and songwriter Casey Corum recorded before a full house at his church, Sugar Land Vineyard. Introducing the powerful voices of Torri Baker (Vineyard Church Columbus, Ohio) and Crispin Schroeder (Northshore Vineyard Louisiana), as well as a 17-voice gospel choir, threads of R&B, gospel, and modern rock are woven together to create a fresh sound while, at the same time, being deeply rooted in the hallmark Vineyard worship value of intimacy with God…..Live Anthems from Vineyard USA  is an extraordinary collection of songs showcasing some incredible live worship from Vineyard US worship leaders, mixing the well-known and the new. Taken from a wide selection of writers including Jeremy Riddle, Chris Lizotte, and Sheri Carr, the US Vineyard continues to nurture and develop some of our most gifted songwriters. These and many of the new songs have the potential to impact the worldwide Church is a similar way.

Leeds based worship leader/singer/trainer JOE KING, is leading a 2 day event in Garforth on December 8th & 9th called POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT CONFERENCE. The Cost  is £25, and it’s to be held at  62c Main Street, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 1AA. Subjects to be covered include: Spiritual gifts, inner healing, physical healing, deliverance, soul ties, generational influences, ungodly beliefs, spiritual roots of disease, bitter root judgements & expectations, inner vows, the power of negative words, the effects of trauma. To secure a place, send a cheque payable to ‘Joe King’ to 5 Hertford Chase, Leeds, LS15 9EP. For more information: Tel. 0113 2285917 or email: sarakinguk@aol.com or j.stringwell@live.co.uk

Some testimonies from recent conferences:

“The conference was a huge blessing. I am a GP and I was saying to my husband about me calling patients in for an over 40’s health-check. My hubbie said, “This conference is your health-check!” During the conference I got rid of more stuff, so there’s more room for Jesus. It was like, in a small way, being ‘born again’ again.”
“I enjoyed the conference so much. The laughter and fun was something I hadn’t expected, not just from the Holy Spirit, but from everyone there.”

A strong line-up for the 2012 Whitby Gospel Music Convention has been announced. The event, due to be held at Whitby Pavilion on Saturday 17th November, will feature comedian Bobby Ball; the Indian family group now living in Scotland, The Sunbeam Singers; the veteran country singer Tony Goodacre; and the singer formerly with Live Option, Samuel Purdy.

Featured News – November 2012

ANGIE LENDON TO TOUR

Angie Lendon

Hull based worship leader Angie Lendon,is planning a series of dates next year to bring her unique anointing in worship and performance in the form of evangelistic concerts.

Angie, who leads worship at New Life Church in Hull says “I’m very excited to be able to do the two things I love most in churches and coffee shops around the region. Using secular songs that people will recognise Angie shares her life in the Los Angeles music scene and her own testimony of Her journey with God.

Perhaps this quote sums it up. “As you sang your own lyrics to the song ‘Run’, I felt the awesome presence of God fill the room and my heart was moved as you passionately worshipped Him. I could relate my own walk with God to the words you had written, I left deeply impacted, encouraged and blessed!

For further information see Angie’s website www.angielendon.com or e mail her at angie@newlifehull.org for booking enquiries