PLANKTON RECORDS are offering the critically acclaimed Christmas album “Emmanuel” by Vivienne Neville & Liz Clarke for the special price of just £5.99 including carriage to anywhere in the world. The album features 10 stunning songs, including 2 originals form Vivienne & Liz. The offer runs for the whole of November. www.planktonrecords.co.uk
Following the release of the worldwide digital single “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” by Vivienne Neville, Liz Clark, Jackie Morris-Bates, and Mary Kathryn, in February this year, Vivienne was keen to explore the possibilities of releasing a compilation featuring tracks by all four ladies and the end result of the that exploration is the “What A Friend We Have” album that has now been released worldwide on all leading digital music download and streaming sites.
“I think we’ve brought together a great trans-Atlantic collection of songs”, noted Keith Dixon of Plankton Records, “which includes two great previously unreleased tracks from Vivienne, a song each from Liz and Jackie that have only previously been available as singles and we are also including the “What a Friend We Have In Jesus” single too, with all money raised by that particular track still going to the good causes that the single continues to raise money for”
“The album consists of 13 tracks. 3 solo tracks from each of the four artists and the single that features all of them together. The solo tracks really highlight the talents of each artist. Mary-Kathryn (from the USA) is a great singer and her music infuses celtic, pop, and world music in a brilliant and magical way – we love the 3 songs she’s submitted from her back catalogue. Jackie Morris Bates (also USA) has only very recently starting performing again and her music is a classic blend of jazz and country with a dash of southern gospel thrown in. I don’t think any of Jackie’s music is currently available digitally either. Liz Clarke (Northern Ireland) – the lady of the crystal clear voice! – gave us a great song from one of her earlier EPs and also a beautiful single she wrote after losing her mother which sold really well in Northern Ireland and a song from her latest Plankton album. Finally, Vivienne gave us the two previously unreleased tracks, which is brilliant – one of which is a radical reworking of the opening track from the ‘Emmanuel’ album she did with Liz on Plankton. Her third song is a beautiful track from the “Veiled In Mystery” Plankton album”
“It’s an hour of great and varied music. The ladies are great friends but all of their music and styles are different. They live on both sides of the Atlantic but the one main thing that unites them in their lives and musical work and journey is their love for, and relationship, with Jesus – so the title of the album was obvious, as well as being the main theme of the songs running through the album” www.panktonrecords.co.uk
Plankton Recording Artist, VIVIENNE NEVILLE has recently spent time with fellow stable-mate, Liz Clarke. Together, they have had lots of fun and have been working on future events, including a September tour of the US. Their charity single “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” continues to garner great reviews http://planktonrecords.co.uk/discography/what-a-friend-we-have-in-jesus/ Meanwhile, Vivienne has also some amazing events coming up, working with Prophetic Artist Julia Powell.
Plankton Recording artists Vivienne Neville and Liz Clarke are joined by Nashville-based artists Jackie Morris Bates and Mary Kathryn for a new charity single ‘What A Friend We Have In Jesus’ which is to be released on March 3rd, in memory of Taira Johnson Baughman who sadly lost her battle with cancer earlier this year.
Taira inspired countless people as she courageously faced cancer with such strength and dignity and she touched many hearts as she blogged about her battle all throughout her illness. Taira and her family featured in Martina McBride’s music video ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It'” which was released in 2011 by Universal Republic Nashville Records and has over 2.1 million views on YouTube to date.
Taira’s mother, gospel jazz singer Jackie Morris Bates is a close friend of Vivienne Neville and through Jackie, Vivienne became friends with Taira. Not long before her passing mutual friend Joe Rudy Hernandez recorded Taira, Jackie & Vivienne on his phone at a family day in the USA around a piano singing ‘What A Friend We Have In Jesus’.
Vivienne, Liz, Jackie and Mary were recently with Neil Andrews at Room At The End Studios in Franklin Tennessee recording their vocals for the single. Chris Smith and Nic Burrows Producers at Raindance Studios in the UK already having completed recording the music.
‘What A Friend We Have In Jesus’ is released worldwide as a digital single by Plankton Records, and will be available on all major music download sites including iTunes and Amazon. A video to accompany the single has been produced incorporating footage shot on a phone on the day of the vocal recording in the USA! The video can be viewed on YouTube using this link: http://youtu.be/rFYJAl8-wqU
All money raised from sales of the single go towards paying the outstanding medical bills for Taira’s treatment and also to her daughter’s (Breanna) college fund which she hopes to start attending later this year following 2 years of looking after Taira and her 2 brothers during her high school years, allowing her father to work to support the family.
Plankton Records recording artists Vivienne Neville and Liz Clarke are joined by Nashville based artists Jackie Morris Bates and Mary Kathryn on the new single ‘What A Friend We Have In Jesus’ which is soon to be released in memory of Taira Johnson Baughman who very sadly lost her battle with cancer earlier this year. Taira was married to a wonderful husband and they had 4 beautiful children. She inspired countless people as she courageously faced cancer with such strength and dignity and she touched many hearts as she blogged about her battle all throughout her illness. She also had a very strong faith in God which shone through until the day she passed away. Taira and her family featured in Martina McBride’s music video ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It’ which was released in 2011 by Universal Republic Nashville Records and has over 2.1 million views on YouTube to date.
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.
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.
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.