More News – December 2012

The new album from Grammy Award winning worship leader CHRIS TOMLIN will be released on 8th January 2013. The Jason Ingram-produced ‘Burning Lights’ features guest appearances from Kari Jobe, Christy Nockels, Phil Wickham and Lecrae. ‘Burning Lights’ also features several co-writes with former Delirious? man Martin Smith, including a version of “God’s Great Dance Floor”.

Without Jesus Christ there would be no Christmas. How dark the winter would be without anything to celebrate. And how dark the world would be without the knowledge of God’s love and the example of how to love each other.

This year Holy Trinity Church, Barrow upon Humber,  are offering something rather different to ‘kick off’ their Christmas celebrations. Rev Steve Caprice, Free Church Minister and a well known artiste on the local and national tribute circuit will be presenting the Elvis Christmas Gospel Show on Friday 7th December at 7.30pm. Steve played to an appreciative audience at Holy Trinity last September and they are  looking forward to a unique concert when the Christmas story will be celebrated in the style of the King of Rock and Roll! Tickets for this event (only £5-00) are sure to sell quickly – phone Annette on 01469 531613 to get yours.

THE STEELS are excited to announce that their new EP, ‘Luminous’, will be released on CD and as an itunes digital download on 10th December 2012.  You can  listen to the opening track ‘Light up’ at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54tP8WhKUo4 ‘Luminous’ is available to preorder now from  www.the-steels.com/store for only £7.95 (inc delivery).  You will receive your copy by the release date and in time for Christmas. The band will be celebrating the release of ‘Luminous’ by playing an acoustic set at The Basement, in Newcastle (NE1 6UF) on Saturday 15th December at 7.30pm.  We will be showcasing the new tracks and throwing in a few Christmas songs to get everyone feeling festive.  Entry is free of charge and the EP will be on sale for £8.

Singer/songwriter JULIE ELIAS, who released her debut full-length CD of original music, A Wild Rose, on November 13, is set to embark on a U.S. Christmas musical tour. The Holy Night 2012 Tour, Elias’ second Christmas tour in as many years, begins in early December with stops in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Nevada, and California, as Elias performs a concert of classic and original holiday songs, including music from her 2011 holiday CD, Holy Night.

Singer/songwriter, GARETH DAVIES-JONES writes; So officially from Saturday 1st December Nine Lessons is here. Pretty much the start of Advent is a fine  time to launch a Christmas album. Many of you will know that for the last few years I’ve been touring in late November and most of December delivering my interpretation of some of our best known and best loved Christmas songs. Mostly in small and cosy venues, the music, the ambience, sharing the context in which the songs were written and often the space to consider the lyrics and melodies afresh has been a treat for artist and audience alike. Recorded at The Foundry Music Lab in Motherwell the album is a fair representation of the intimacy of these gigs, and I hope will bring something of the atmosphere right to you as you listen. As it will be a download only product you can hear samples from all the tracks on the album at http://www.garethdavies-jones.com/shop/nine-lessons/ Webshop site. You can go straight from there to download the full album from our distributor CD Baby. The album is also available from i-Tunes and other reputable online retailers.

DAMIEN PRICE is a hidden treasure that brings the tradition of good church music back to the church” , says Earl Bynum of the Rejoice Musical Soulfood Network. Damien’s new album “I Am Healed Today”, featuring the hit single “Lift Him Up”, is available at most online stores.

PRAYER REQUEST

VIVIENNE NEVILLE & LIZ CLARKE’S Christmas tour this year will also take them into Holme House Prison. They have been praying about prison ministry for quite a while, these concerts will be the first of other work within prisons in the Northeast.  Vivienne and Liz will be ministering in song to 1000 inmates during 2 concerts.  Please pray for them and all the guys attending that God will enable them to understand about His great love and forgiveness.

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The Review Zone – December 2012

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

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

MARILLA NESS : Best Ever Songs of Worship and Adoration.   (www.marilla.com)

Just receiving this album brought a smile to my face. Some 15 years have passed since I first reviewed a Marilla Ness album, and I have yet to be disappointed. There’s something quite comforting about her warm vocal tones and, as soon as the opening song began I was, once more, transported to that place. To be perfectly honest, I had forgotten just how beautiful ‘Abba Father’ was. Marilla caresses each word, with worshipful musical backing. All the songs come under the banner of ‘worship and adoration’ and include titles such as ‘Dwelling Places’, ‘God of Comfort’ and ‘Tender Mercy’. Marilla’s music is very easy to listen to and thousands have seen her concerts over the years – a testimony to her continued popularity. There are too many songs to individually hold up, but ‘I Want To Worship the Lord’ is simply majestic, while ‘I Believe in You’ is quite beautiful. I don’t think that I will ever tire of hearing Marilla sing. Join me, and bathe in the delights of this wonderful collection of songs, soaking in the presence of the Lord.   10/10. 

MATTHEW JAMES McKAY : You Raise Me Up.   (www.matthewjamesmckay.com)

It’s been a great joy to follow the fledgling music career of 12 year old Matthew James, over the last 18 months. With singing engagements all over his native Scotland, and Ireland, tis young man is certainly in demand. For this, his third, album producer Paul A Gardiner pulls the strings once more, and provides guest musicians to compliment his own talent. The opening ‘God’s Not Finished With Me Yet’ is a foot tapping, country gospel number, written by Matthew’s mother, Roseanne. His voice never falters on ‘What A Friend We Have In Jesus’ – a great vocal gift for one so young. He duets with his former choir master John Buchannan on ‘The Old Rugged Cross’ and ‘Burdens Are Lifted’, and both songs are pure quality. ‘God on the Mountain’ is a medium paced song that you just can’t help singing along with. I found it very infectious. Roseanne’s second writing credit comes on ‘Tested By A Trial’. The music on the album is great throughout, but at it’s best on this very personal song. The big surprise for me was Matthew’s version of the Julie Miller classic ‘How Could You Say No To This Man’. I’ve never heard anyone else sing this song, but Matthew gives it new life. Old gospel songs seem to be staple diet for this young man, yet he also gives a fine rendition of the more modern title track. With his family guiding and encouraging, Matthew James looks set to make a  fine name for himself and his ministry.   10/10.

TRAVIS RYAN : Fearless.  (Integrity :  00076850642)

This is a no nonsense collection of  rock worship songs, dealing with several issues that confront most of us at some point in life. The theme of the album is mainly around the fact that perfect love casts out fear, and on his website Travis says that the whole album is  really a prayer that the church would live out 1 John 4:18. The opening track gets off to a powerful start with the intro to the first track “Love That Has Won”. Which is about the battle being already won before we fight it. There is a really good track called “Jesus Precious Jesus, which is a simple worship song that could easily be used in any church worship time. “Awaken Us” has a very U2 like guitar riff running through it. This CD is a real change from the endless repeats of the usual songs, which seem to make up most worship CD’s these days. It is very well written, well recorded, and played with great sensitivity throughout. There aren’t many worship albums that I’d give anything like full marks,  this one though deserves in my opinion more than ten points. It really is that good. You need to buy it.   10/10.   Andy Sayner.

IKOS : Christmas Carols and Songs.   (Little Room : LRMCD05)

Originally seeing the light of day in 2002, this CD has just come my way for review and so must be out for re-release. I missed it first time around, and being a bit of a ‘bah, humbug’ when it comes to Christmas music I really didn’t expect much after it dropped through my letter box. Finding it described however on Amazon as ‘a major work in its field of music’, on listening I discovered it to be much better than I originally feared! IKOS main men are David Clifton on lead vocals and guitars and Mark Russell on keyboards and programming, and the group are here supported by orchestra, soloists and the choirs of Peterborough Cathedral. With David and Mark also responsible for production, they have created a notable contemporary re-interpretation of Christmas favourites. Other vocals are provided by Lizzie Dean and also, I was interested to note, by Canadian singer Jane Siberry – her 1989 album ‘Bound by the beauty’ has long been a favourite in my collection. But I digress! Before hearing these 14 tracks I had given up all hope of ever listening to musically satisfying arrangements of ‘O little town of Bethlehem’ or ‘In the bleak mid-winter’. In the main Mark and David have pulled it off, although even they have struggled with some of the particularly twee tunes(!) – including ‘Away in a manger’ and ‘Rejoice and be merry’. Such down points are however balanced by some really beautiful moments, and it is evident that much thought and creative care have gone into this project. The arrangements are excellent, as are the performances, production and sound quality. Those who particularly enjoy such Christmas favourites are sure to rate this album highly. For me, it’s still worth a comfortable 7/10. Dave Deeks

J. BRIAN HILL, LIVING HOPE & CANDY KLESS.   Christmas With…   (www.nadezhdamusic.com)

Proving that all is well between UK and American relations, Hull based duo, Living Hope have teamed up with US artists J.Brian Hill and Candy Kless, for this 6 song Christmas offering. It contains 4 traditional hymns and a couple of original songs – one of which is superb! It’s the American  twosome that starts things off vocally, with a straight rendition of ‘Silent Night’. Music throughout the track listing is provided by Robin Thompson, while his wife, Squil, leads the singing on ‘Little Drummer Boy’. There’s no real surprises on the opening two songs, but Robin’s rock background sees ‘Joy to the World’ getting a more modern treatment. The real highlight of this mini album is the Thompson written ‘Ring Out The Bells’, which Squil sings admirably. This song alone begs for bigger production, with it’s great verse structure and singalong chorus. I love playing this song! J.Brian Hill co writes ‘Love Was Born’ with his wife Cathy. It’s an old fashioned Christmas sound and lends a nod or two to the great hymn writers of the past. Finally, Squil proves her worth once more, taking the lead vocals on “tongue tripping” ‘Carol of the Bells’. A pity that the song list is short, because this Cd is a real joy to listen to.   8/10. 

THE COLLINGSWORTH FAMILY : Feels Like Christmas.   (StowTown Records : STR3122)

As I write, I have no internet connection and, therefore, can tell you nothing about the background of the Collingsworth Family. However, after listening to this album, I can say that they area very talented bunch of singers, with Phil and Kim also excelling on trumpet and piano respectively. Indeed, Kim  seems to have arranged most of the vocals throughout the album. There’s a mixture of Christmas standards and American “Holiday” songs, and it all starts with a melody of ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘Sleigh Ride’. From this first song, you can tell that there has been a lot of work put into producing some fine harmonies. Phil and Kim are in their element on the brash instrumental version of ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year’, while smooth vocals and delightful orchestral backing are the backbone of ‘Overture/Silent Night/What Child is This’. I’d never heard ‘Beautiful Star of Bethlehem’ before, but what a lovely song it is. Similarly, the Troy Keaton/Kim Collingsworth written ‘Peace on Earth’ is sure to bring a lump to the throat. It tells why Jesus was born, as well as why soldiers are trying to keep ‘Peace on Earth’. Some Christmas albums don’t travel too well across the Atlantic, but this is one that I think has made the trip worthwhile.   8/10.

October Baby (DVD, Provident Films)

Hannah (debutant Rachel Hendrix) is an asthmatic, and epileptic, 19 year old student who, after collapsing during her university stage debut, discovers not only that she is adopted but that her illnesses are the result of her birth Mother’s failed attempt to abort her and the twin brother she knows nothing about. The revelations lead Hannah on a literal, emotional and spiritual journey to discover who she is, with best friend Jason (Jason Burkey) providing support along the way. The trail leads to a series of emotional (not necessarily in a positive way) reunions culminating in the tracing of her birth mother and a powerful encounter with a local minister in the Catholic Church. Hendrix gives a solid and convincing performance in the lead role, Hannah’s adoptive parents are well played by Jennifer Price and John Schneider (none other than Bo Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard) and Burkey does well carrying the friend and mentor load but the film as a whole feels like it doesn’t really know what it is. While poignant, regardless of which side of the abortion debate you are on, the central conceit of the story (Hannah’s late second trimester abortion attempt) comes across as an incredibly unlikely turn of events and leaves an uncomfortable feeling that you are watching a clumsy piece of pro-life propaganda dressed up as a movie. In fact, remove the abortion part of the storyline altogether and you still have the same movie about the journey of a teenage girl who discovers that she is adopted. On top of that, the movie is probably 10-15 minutes too long, at around 1 hour and 50 minutes, and suffers from a soundtrack that tries too hard to anticipate what your next emotional response should be. If this is an issue you are interested in, you may find something of value here, but it is only a very average movie in its own right.   David Cooper 5/10

STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN : Joy.   (Reunion Records : 02341-0177-2)

So, this year, it’s Steven Curtis Chapman’s turn to release a Christmas album! Every year, at least one major CCM artist seems to think that it’s all we, the listening public, have wanted to hear. But, is there anything here that is any different to Christmas albums that have gone before? The answer is yes……and no. There are nice versions of ‘Joy to the World’ and ‘We Three Kings’, while the RnB style of ‘Christmas Time Again’ doesn’t really work, for me. Again, the jazz orientated version of ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’ may have been a good idea, but it all gets a bit too busy, musically, for my liking. However, there are some positives too. Chapman’s ‘Christmas In Kentucky’ and ‘Christmas Kiss’ are both well worth listening too, with the latter featuring some Michael Buble type vocals. The best song is also an original. ‘Christmas Card’ tells of the lost, lonely, and broken hearted at Christmas, and is cleverly written to tell them that they are never forgotten, and never alone, because God loves them. Hats off to Steven for that song, because it really is a winner. It’s just a pity about some of the others!   6/10.

VARIOUS : Do You Hear What I Hear.   (Benson : 84418-0902-2)

Here’s a brand new Christmas collection featuring some of the top US artists, around today. The unmistakable voice of Mac Powell is the first to be heard, with Third Day’s contribution of ‘Joy To The World’. It’s well sung, as you would expect, and makes for an intriguing listen. Matt Maher produces a nice version of ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’, before Kerrie Roberts gives a beautiful rendition of ‘O Holy Night’. It’s all sounding good so far, but then we hit the buffers. Top marks to Anthem Lights for trying their own arrangement of ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’ but it just doesn’t do the song justice. Similarly, ‘Deck the Halls’ by Tenth Avenue North sounds more like a pub singalong. And, just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, The Rhett Walker Band deliver the gloomiest version of ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’ that I have ever heard. Tobe perfectly honest, this Christmas album did not “float my boat”, and I can’t see me returning it to my CD player in the near future.   5/10.

JESUS CULTURE MUSIC : Emerging Voices.   (Elevation : ELE1814D)

Jesus Culture Music are, according to their official website, “a new breed of emerging revivalists”. There are many artists and worship leaders involved and on this particular collection you will find Derek Johnson, Mary Kat Ehrenzeller, Nate Ward and Justin Jarvis. If I’m honest, I was therefore expecting something with a unique flavour and sound but this live worship cd is pretty much par for the course. The overall sound is pretty much in line with sub-Delerious/U2 style that abounds at the moment. In that respect the appeal of this collection is to a certain generation. The songs are fine in themselves, but nothing particularly outstanding. My favourites are “Who Can Compare” which starts as a slow fingerpicked number before building up to the inevitable crescendo and “Where You Are” which is by contrast up-tempo, heads-down, and give it some welly! Added to that I find the whole recording lacks some punch and definition – at some points it just seems to be a wall of sound. There’s also one song where one line is repeated ad-infinitum which probably worked in a worship context but gets tiresome on a cd. So, overall, a album with potential which doesn’t really deliver for me. It would probably a good purchase if you like this sort of thing and are happy with more of the same otherwise I find it difficult to recommend.   6/10   Robin Thompson.

THE WASHINGTON PROJECTS : Space Time Continuum – The Flatline Remixes.   (Save the City / Provident : 859707602587)

Since the break up of their previous group known as Souljahz, brother/sister combo Jekob & Rachael Washington have continued to produce music under the moniker of The Washington Projects.  Space Time Continuum is a collection of remixes of the material from their previous 2 albums, bringing a mixture of hip hop, R&B, funk, pop and bass-thumping tunes that can hold their own amongst the best bangin’ club tunes out there – thankfully with lyrical content that won’t make the bleep machine go in to overdrive! You guess there’s something a bit out of the ordinary when there’s a De Lorean on the front cover of the album.  The track selection kicks off with “Work”, which infuses pop, club style beat and buckets of bass. The first few seconds you could almost be listening to an Ibiza club anthem from someone like Paul Oakenfold, but it doesn’t quite turn in to the rave you might expect from the intro. “Time” follows on with similar style beats, but with vocals moving on from a pop style to hip hop when we get to “Diamonds”. Great tunes but for me the vocals are more engaging when the lyrics are sung in the more traditional sense as opposed to the ‘ho & yo’ chants of the current hip hop crop.  Yes I am getting old!! These guys can certainly sing though and can produce some stonking tunes that are best served up good ‘n’ loud with the bass high. The majority of the tunes on CD 1 are fast-paced club anthems with the odd sprinkling of more relaxed numbers like “My Dream” to break the energy fest up a little. The bonus CD “Light Up The Dark” is a reworking of a previous album that never made it to full CD release.  You get the sense that this has been twiddled with a lot less than CD 1 and has a more raw R&B / hip hop flavour with much more relaxed tunes being prominent. No bad thing as it will give your sub woofer a bit of a rest as well as allow you to focus more on the lyrical content, some of which are loaded with attitude.  Overall a good value offering which stands its ground against the secular competition. By no means perfect but lots to offer if you like it loud, thumpin’ and you want to give your subs a good workout!  9/10 Simon Redfern.

UK GIG & EVENT GUIDE – December 2012 and beyond!

December

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

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

1   NEWCASTLE, Simpson Room.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

2   FELTON, St Michaels.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

3   KIRKWHELPINGTON.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

4   CRAMLINGTON.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

5   FOXTON.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

6   STAPLEHURST.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

6   HULL, New Life Church.   Sooter.   01482 b610705

7   CROOK, St Catherine’s Church.   Vivienne Neville, Liz Clarke.   vjmnev@ntworld.com

7   DONEHEAD.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

7   HULL, City Hall.   Christmas in a Heartbeat.   www.hotgospelchoir.co.uk

7   BARROW UPON HUMBER, Holy Trinity Church.   Elvis Christmas Gospel Show.   7.30pm.   £5.   01469 531613.

8   LONDON, All Souls, Langham Place.   Stuart Pendred, Joanne Lunn, All Souls Orchestra.   www.allsouls.org

8   SOUTH HETTON, Holy Trinity.   Vivienne Neville, Liz Clarke.   vjmnev@ntworld.com

8   BROMLEY. Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

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

9   LOW MIDDLETON, St George’s Church.   Vivienne Neville, Liz Clarke.   vjmnev@ntworld.com

12   PAISLEY.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

13   FRASERBURGH.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

14   ASHINGDON   John Froud.   01274 580817

14   STOCKTON ON TEES, St Paul’s Church.   Vivienne Neville, Liz Clarke.   vjmnev@ntworld.com

14   ABERDEEN.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

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

15   NEWCASTLE, The Basement.   The Steels.   www.the-steels.com

15   BRIDGE OF WEIR.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

16   LOW MIDDLETON, St George’s Church.   3pm.   Vivienne Neville, Liz Clarke.   vjmnev@ntworld.com

16   SHILDON, St John’s Church.   7.30pm.   Vivienne Neville, Liz Clarke.   vjmnev@ntworld.com

17   MIDDLEWICH.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

17   DARLINGTON, St Mark’s Church.   Vivienne Neville, Liz Clarke.   vjmnev@ntworld.com

19   STOCKSFIELD.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

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

JANUARY 2012

20   HULL, Victoria Dock Church.   Rock Eucharist.   7pm.   01482786790 

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 – December 2012

Gospel stars, THE LEES BOYS have released their brand new album ‘Testify’. Their music captures the spirit of inspiration in Jesus Christ and the hope of a new days with a smile.

Bass baritone, STUART PENDRED is set to appear at the Christmas Praise Concert  at All Souls, Langham Place, London, on Saturday 8th December 2.30pm & 7.00pm. Providing the music, will be the All Souls Orchestra and Choir under the leadership of Noel Tredinnick. Soprano – Joanne Lunn will also be taking part. http://www.allsouls.org/

Canada’s KELITA HAVELAND reports that after delays and 2 years of red tape RAP (Ratanak Achievement Program) is ready to go. Her “Heavenly Night” project raised over $70,000 for this new facility to get off the ground. She would like to thank everyone helped make this facility to support this program for young girls who are survivors of the sextrade. www.kelita.com

November saw the release of “Best Days Yet”, the new album from Stellar Award Winner BISHOP PAUL S. MORTON. With production from Donald Lawrence, Trenton Phillips and PJ Morton, the record includes the lead single “Your Best Days Yet”, as well as guest appearances from Karen Clark-Sheard and Marvin L. Winans. www.lightrecords.com

www.crossrhythms.co.uk report that DREAM Records are to launch CINDY LEIGH-BOSKE into the international market. Cindy-Leigh leads worship at City Church, Brisbane, and has performed with such artists as Keith Urban, Vanessa Amorosi and The Corrs. Speaking about her new album ‘My Genesis’ Cindy-Leigh said, “I want this new album to be an album that will inspire people and give them hope, I want it to be authentic in every way.”

New artist SOOTER invites you to the launch of his debut album “You Call Me Friend”, with a concert at the New Life Church, Bridlington Avenue, Hull on Thursday 6th December at 7.30pm. The evening promises to be one of song and worship. More details from 01482610705.

Mowtown/Universal Records have released “Holiday” music from two time Grammy nominee KEM. ‘What Christmas Means’ includes the lead single ‘Glorify The King’ – a song from the heart that expresses ones personal appreciation for the birth, life and sacrifice of Christ.

VIVIENNE NEVILLE tells us that she and LIZ CLARKE have a new single coming out on Mon 3rd Dec “Mary Did You Know” through Plankton Records. Available from amazon iTunes and all major download sites worldwide.  She says; “There is also a video of Liz & I performing this track (on Youtube now on Plankton Records site) which was filmed in the ancient church St George’s Low Middleton Durham.  The church has recently been renovated. It is a beautiful setting and it was a privilege to do this work in such a holy place.”

IONA are planning to release a new live album in 2013. Their four  October 2012 gigs in England (Leeds, Kendal, Liverpool and Bilston) were recorded onto a 24 track hard disk recorder with the aim to use the best tracks to produce a new album. The band have also received a hard disk with film of the band’s one off gig in the splendid Nokia Theatre in Tallinn at the end of July. The concert was filmed using 3 or 4 cameras and they now have the footage from each camera. Iona are hoping to release this as a live concert dvd along with a second dvd featuring some of the large amount of ‘on the fly’ footage that has been taken over the past two years – mostly by good friends Tim Finch and Mark Rabich – at gigs and in the studio.

‘Kingdom Come: Soul Survivor 2012’, has been released by Kingsway. The new album features worship led by Beth Croft, Sam Bailey, Tom Field and Rend Collective Experiment with key anthems from the summer including “Kingdom Come”, “Go”, “My Heart” and “Build Your Kingdom”. The second disc of the album features songs from the Momentum event which gathered over 5000 people in their 20s and 30s, with tracks including “New Day”, “Set A Fire” and “Now Is The Time For Us”.

www.crossrhythms.co.uk report that, a strong lineup has been announced for the 2013 Big Church Day Out, due to be held at Wiston House, West Sussex on 25th and 26th May. Saturday’s Main Stage will feature Hillsong, Phil Wickham, LZ7, Gungor, Jars Of Clay, Salvador, Brenton Brown, Stuart Townend and Britt Nicole; the Tearfund Tea Tent will showcase the Watoto Children’s Choir, Portsmouth Citadel Band, Stuart Townend and Amy Grant and on the UCB stage will appear Chip Kendall Band, S.O., Superhero, Divine Divine and Britt Nicole. On Sunday the Main Stage attractions will be Matt Redman, Israel Houghton, Newworldson, Amy Grant, Jason Upton, Rend Collective Experiment, The City Harmonic, Jamie Grace and Guvna B; the Tearfund Tea Tent will host The Kings Chamber Orchestra, Yazz and Nathan Jess while the UCB stage will offer Empire Nation, Ghostree, The Steels, Jamie Grace and Guvna B. For ticket information visit www.bigchurchdayout.com.

Independent artist SARAH POOLE is releasing a single “Silent Night” as a download or CD from her website www.sarahpoolemusic.com  The traditional carol features Sarah’s vocals and accompanying guitar on what has been described as a “lullabye” in style. All proceeds will go to the Salvation Army.

“Get In The Spirit” is the follow up single to the PAUL POULTON PROJECT November release “Wade in the Water”. It fuses together a sizzling mix of funk, gospel and rock. Paul had the idea for this song when he ran the London Marathon. The single will be  available from the usual download sites from December 10th.

Gospel stars, THE CLARK SISTERS have released their “Family Christmas” album, on Karew Records. Celebrating the gift of the Saviour, the sisters invite you to incorporate their music as you spend time with family.

Featured News – December 2012

Founded in the UK in 1995 as Europe’s first daily Christian network, GOD TV has expanded worldwide with offices in several countries. The newest of these is GOD TV’s Nordic Office and to mark it’s opening the global network will be hosting ‘Winter Celebration’ from 6-9 December.

Hosted by GOD TV Founders, Rory & Wendy Alec, Winter Celebration offers an itinerary for the whole family that includes morning Bible study sessions and a Sunday service with Andrew Wommack; evening revival meetings with Nathan Morris and Roy Fields; a Christmas concert with leading Norwegian artists; and activities for children.

The four-day event will be held at the Oslofjord Convention Centre in Tønsberg, Norway and GOD TV viewers from all across Europe are expected to attend. GOD TV will broadcast the evening revival meetings LIVE to its potential audience of more than 600 million people and the ‘When Heaven Came to Earth’ Christmas concert will air on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

GOD TV can be watched throughout the UK on satellite (SKY / Freesat); via cable (Virgin); on the Internet (Roku / iPhone and www.god.tv); as well as through Freeview HD / Smart TV enabled units.

For more information visit www.god.tv/wintercelebration