The Happening – Carlos Whittaker

Carlos WhittakerCARLOS WHITTAKER is a worship leader, blogger, creative person, who is particularly gifted in leading worship and inspiring people in creative forums.  He’s been worship pastor under Andy Stanley at Buckhead Church, Atlanta, and is involved in leading worship and creative overview of Catalyst Conference.

“My desire is to create a movement of authenticity among Christians.  A movement that pushes people into a place of being real with themselves, others, and God. It’s all about authenticity. And in that authenticity, finding God.”

Carlos is visiting the Milton Keynes Christian Centre for a concert on Friday 8th February, during which he will play some of the songs from his new and old albums, and share some of his story. Tickets cost just £4 before 31st January, after that the ticket rate is £5.   www.mkcc.org.uk

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News – JOHN PACULABO (1946 – 2013)

John PaculaboIt is with great sadness that Integrity Music and Kingsway Distribution announce the passing of Christian music pioneer and worship champion John Paculabo. John died on the evening of Tuesday 22nd January after a 6 month battle with cancer. He was 66.

Originally from Liverpool, England, John was signed to Kingsway in 1971 as an artist/writer with his band, Parchment. A year later they enjoyed mainstream chart success with the single ‘Light Up The Fire’ – a song which is still used in school assemblies throughout Britain today. In 1976 John was appointed as A&R Manager at Pilgrim Records, where he produced hundreds of albums. In the eighties John moved into copyright acquisition and management, relocating to Eastbourne in 1988 to accept a position at Kingsway as Director of Music. Within two years he became the Managing Director, a position that he held for over 20 years. John received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Christian Booksellers Convention in 2008.

Parchment - Light up the FireJohn’s gentle spirit, relaxed approach, great sense of humour and love of people was matched by his desire to live with purpose and passion, with a tenacity to see lives transformed. John was much loved and respected, particularly for his ability to empower, support and serve others with humility.

John understood and believed that worship should never exist to serve itself, this belief inspired songs of substance that in turn fed the church with a message that changed the world. He was a dedicated visionary who was determined to mentor and develop songwriters. He established Thankyou Music into a global publisher, working in partnership with Capitol CMG Publishing. It was John’s passion that helped inspire songs such as ‘In Christ Alone’, ‘All Heaven Declares’, ‘Here I Am To Worship’, ‘Everlasting God’, ‘Blessed Be Your Name’ and ‘Heart Of Worship’ and so many more.

Over the years John’s focus was global song development. He was on a mission to discover indigenous songwriters from around the world, to translate their work and help new songs travel from nation to nation.

John was passionate about worship and justice, which led him and his wife Juliet to found the charity Ray of Hope. Over the last ten years Ray of Hope has brought education, health care and pastoral guidance to thousands of lives across the Amazon basin and established over 14 schools and a community centre. It has also planted pepper plantations and funded pastors to go into the deepest parts of the Amazon jungle to evangelise to the unreached.

John loved life, loved his family deeply, good food and cooking, loved the golf course, chick-flicks, Malbec wine, Everton Football Club, songs of substance and particularly the people of the Amazon.

The impact of his vision and legacy will continue to be felt through the worship of local churches on a global scale. Even though we know he ran a good race (2 Timothy 4: 6-8), we miss him dearly.

John was married to Juliet for 33 years, with whom he had three children and one grandchild, who also reside in England

More News – DUNCAN PARSONS

duncanparsonsSinger/songwriter DUNCAN PARSONS, based in Sheffield, has released the album ‘Abandoned Buildings’. The project, described as “Christian-based progressive music telling of grace against a backdrop of falling in love and failing in love,” features guests flautist John Hackett (brother of ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett) and renowned trumpeter Raul D’Oliveira.

More News – 7Core Music

The Neon Ambience7Core Music will be launching in January the first of three albums by The Neon Ambience. The first project titled ‘A’ is described as “a 50 minute instrumental album, made up of electronic, acoustic and ambient sounds. It’s the perfect music to put on for reflection, soaking and devotion. It can be used in times of prayer, meditation and relaxation.” The Neon Ambience consist of producer and 7Core Music director Trevor Michael and singer, songwriter and worship leader Ian Yates.

More News – HILLSONG UNITED

Hillsong  UnitedAustralia’s rock worship team HILLSONG UNITED will release a new album on 26th February 2013. ‘Zion’ will be the group’s 12th full-length album and third studio recording. Said the group’s Joel Houston, “In the aftermath of ‘Aftermath’, we all took a little break and in that time caught a fresh vision for what it is that we do, why we do it and what it means to be a part of the church.” Houston said the point of the album is “The realisation that God is doing his thing, and he has already done it. He is establishing his Church, and it’s through us. The album was birthed out of our cry, ‘God I want to be a part of what it is you’re doing. If that means write a song, we’ll write the best songs we can. If it means serving the poor and those who are hurting, then we’re going to do it better than we’ve ever done it before.'”