MARTIN SMITH has announced a week long UK tour this December called the ‘God’s Great Club Tour’. Kicking off in London on 1st December 2014, the tour also visits Wolverhampton, Bristol, Exeter, Tunbridge Wells and Brighton, before finishing in Southampton on 7th December. (see the Gig Guide for full details). Supporting the former Delirious front man on his solo tour will be Chaos Curb Collaboration. The British group have recently been working on a follow up album to their heavily acclaimed self-titled debut album from 2012.Last year Smith released his second full-length solo album ‘God’s Great Dance Floor Step 2’, featuring co-writes with Tim Hughes (Worship Central), Reuben Morgan (Hillsong), Nick Herbert and Matt Redman.
A unique opportunity to hear worship leader MARTIN SMITH accompanied by a full symphony orchestra will take place at the Prom Praise event, set to be held at the Royal Albert Hall on 26th February. Smith will be joining worship leaders Graham Kendrick and Paul Baloche. Other performers at the event are the All Souls Orchestra and Chorus, soprano Helen-Jane Howells and violinist Rebecca Eves. For ticket information visit www.royalalberthall.com
This is the second full-length studio album from Martin Smith, former front man and driving force behind Delirious? I say “full-length” as 8 of the 11 tracks were previously released as the mini EPs “Movement 3” and “Movement 4”. There’s no mistaking who it is, though. That voice. Those lyrics. Those melodies. Those arrangements. It’s just a bit more electronic in places, really. Which is fair enough – while so many other bands are trying to sound like Delirious? used to, Smith is busy trying to sound different. He’s stayed true to his roots, but moved on a bit. If anything, this CD is closer to Delirous?’s (apologies to the apostrophe police – is there a right way to punctuate that?) early material (“Redemption Day” and “God Is Coming” would have sat very comfortably on “King Of Fools”, for example), that threatened to take over Spring Harvest songbooks in the same way that Graham Kendrick had swept all aside earlier. His voice still drives it all along, though, and he has (wisely) decided against a Kate Bush-style vocal disguise so you could well be listening to lost Delirious? recordings: it’s moved on, but not quite as far as 2012 (although “Only Got Eyes” has a vocal chant reminiscent of Bastille – but then I thought that reminiscent of Red Box from the 1980s). Better is the slower “Great Is Your Faithfulness”, with its sweeping vocal, majestic chorus and great use of light and shade. There are quite a few slower ones (such as “Grace” – very atmospheric, but I wasn’t sure it really counted as ‘Dance Floor’ unless this was an end-of-night number) and several that are more personal than church-fillers (no bad thing, but not what you may have expected from the opening songs). It’s a good album, with Smith at the top of his game in places, but not world-changing. But then he’s done that once already. 9/10. Paul Ganney
MARTIN SMITH releases his second full-length studio album, ‘God’s Great Dance Floor: Step 02’, this week. The eleven-track album includes eight tracks from Martin’s mini EPs, Movemement Three & Four, plus three previously unreleased songs, ‘You Are My Salvation’, ‘Emmanuel’ and ‘Great Is Your Faithfulness’. ‘Step 02’ features the songs ‘God Is Coming’ with vocals from Sarah Bird, and Martin’s daughter Elle-Anna singing on title track ‘God’s Great Dance Floor’ – a track which has just been nominated for a GMA Canada Covenant Award for International Song Of The Year. The album features co-writes with Tim Hughes (Worship Central), Reuben Morgan (Hillsong), Nick Herbert and Matt Redman.
IT’S TIME TO RELEASE WORSHIP TO THE POOR
Come and join us for a weekend of worship, teaching and ministry at Mission Worship 2013 held in Eastbourne, England.
With worship and word from Brian Doerksen, Chris McClarney, Desperation Band, Glenn Packiam, Lou Fellingham, Martin Smith, Nathan Jess, New Life Worship, Pete James, Robin Mark and Worship Central.
This year’s theme is ‘It’s time to release worship to the poor’. What does that mean? Well, for the most part we understand that worship is a real action word, it’s about loving what God loves, and caring for what God cares for, and from time to time it’s about the sound that comes from our lips on a Sunday.
The poor have always been close to the Heart of God, Jesus references them as He declares His ministry, and He repeats that reference when John’s disciples challenge Him as to who He is. “Go back and tell John what you see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, the blind see and the good news is preached to the poor.” Jesus spends time with the poor, eats with them, heals them, feeds them, and lives life with them. And they are the subject of some of His most passionate and direct sermons (see Matt 25:31-46). Plainly said, worship that is Christ-centered is worship that has an awareness of the poor and the marginalized.
We who love God, we who worship Him, we who lead others in worship have a responsibility to show our worship through our actions. For if we do not care for the poor and stand against injustice in our communities, in our towns, in our country, and in our world, how will God’s will be done? It’s time for the church to release worship to the poor!
For more information please visit www.missionworship.com
To coincide with the release of God’s Great Dancefloor – his debut full length solo album –MARTIN SMITH has teamed up with fellow songwriter and worship leader Tim Hughes as well as director Greg Fromholz (the brains and bravery behind all those great Rend Collective videos).
The resulting EPK is everything you’d expect it to be from the trio: beautifully shot, sumptuously soundtracked, with plenty of warmth flowing between the two songwriters. Taken from a full-length interview in which Tim asks Martin about past, present and future, there’s no denying the fact that Martin Smith has been a first hand witness to some remarkable developments in the world of worship over the last two decades. Filmed on location in a tumbledown piano shop in the dustier side of Brighton, the EPK is available to view here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uttBIul_is0&feature=youtu.be
MARTIN SMITH has released the final part of his series of solo EPs this month. ‘God’s Great Dance Floor – Movement Four‘, was released on 1st February 2013, follows the former Delirious lead singer’s first three solo EPs which have been released over the past twelve months. Having released his solo EPs independently from his MartinSmith.tv website, Martin will release his first full-length album with Integrity Music later this year. ‘God’s Great Dance Floor‘, to be released on 15th April 2013, will feature the songs taken from his first two EPs, plus two previously unreleased tracks.