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AStepFWD Choir Masterclass – April 2021

Speaking of events you HAVE TO be at: if you have any choir connections at all: cancel everything for this one coming up this weekend!

Don’t take my word for any of this!!! Watch the video!!!🔥🔥🔥

This is a HUGE #PraiseAndWorship and #Choir event!

If you’re a singer, belong to a choir, an arranger, musician or anything connected to the choral sounds of #GospelMusic, @AStepFWD have set this one up for you!

Join some of the finest choir directors in #UKGospel, Europe and special guest @DonaldLawrence as well as @AnuOmideyi, @John66Fish BEM, @MsKarenGibson MBE, Lawrence Johnson, @BazilMeade MBE, Audrey Lawrence-Mattis, Russell Scott, @VolneyMorgan, Ruth Waldron, Paolo Viana, Lea Kjeldsen, Lene Nørrelykke, @KenBurtonMusic and Tore Aas

WHEN: This Saturday 24th of April 2021

MORE INFO: AstepFwd.com/Masterclass

Successful Music Streaming Seminar – this weekend!

One of the most exciting things about this season in the UK Gospel music industry: invaluable, *expert* knowledge is available to ANYONE, quite literally on tap.

Here’s a fantastic example for you this weekend

@Adegail has been running these brilliant knowledge sharing sessions (that EVERYONE can benefit from) for a while!

This one is a MUST if you need essential information on:

✅ – Planning music releases
✅ – Organising music admin
✅ – Guidance on how best to use visuals/music videos, collaborations and Spotify playlisting for greater reach
✅ – Guidance on complex royalties/correct metadata registration
✅ – Reaching the right audience who will love your type of music

Pop by @_iradiate this weekend at #iRADIATESMS – the lineup is brilliant (PLUS: these guys KNOW what they’re talking about!! 🙌)

🔥- @DerrickTchie, founder @Gospelhydration
🔥- @ahimusic from Canada who has featured on CBS and Tiny Desk as well as producer-artist
🔥- @OfficialWyldMusic (they both went from 0 to millions of streams)
🔥- @KeithAnthonee: metadata specialist who’s worked with pretty much every major record label!

Link to register on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/iradiate-insights-successful-music-streaming-tickets-149418106579

AStepFWD Vocal Masterclass – Feb 2021

New or experienced vocalist? AStepFWD puts you in front of  the very best UK music industry  professionals this weekend

Get tips, techniques and practical information to transform your vocal game

  • Priscilla Jones, whose experience in vocal coaching includes working with celebrities such as Annie Lennox, JLS, Rita Ora, The Saturdays and flawlessly singing live in high-pressure professional situations like ‘Strictly Come Dancing’
  • Mark Delisser: if you’ve watched any major TV vocal talent show in the past 10 years you’ve seen Mark’s work: he’s worked as the vocal coach on ‘The Voice’ UK, alongside coaching the UK entries for the Eurovision.  He’s also featured as vocal coach on the BBC’s ‘Pitch Battle’, ‘This Is My Song’ and ‘The Naked Choir’
  • Lurine Cato needs no introduction to many in the scene. A multi-MOBO Award recipient and nominee, Lurine was also the official 2018 vocal coach on ITV‘s Good Morning Britain ‘Sing It To Win It’

Get your ticket

Learn more about the vocal masterclass

AStepFWD Songwriting Masterclass 2021

The best way to create songs that change the world? Get tips direct from people that have done it!

If there ever was a ‘drop everything and get your ticket‘ event, this is it.

AStepFWD have leveraged their incredible Christian music industry contact list to put on a unique gathering of top-of-their-game, world-renowned creatives for a live songwriting masterclass

Powerful line up

It’s an impressive, powerful list of artists who between them have written several mainstay songs for the global church: Noel Robinson, Matt Redman, Jake Isaac, Martin Smith, Graham Kendrick, Lou Fellingham, Wale Adenuga, Lucy Grimble, Nick Herbert, Les Moir, Nicky Brown and Donna Akodu.

Format

The Songwriting Masterclass sessions takes place online, delivered in a variety of formats from panel discussions to 1-on-1 interviews, all designed to provide opportunities to tap into the knowledge and experience of the speakers.

  • Date: Saturday 30th January 2021
  • Time: 11:00am – 4:30pm (room open from 10:45am)

Vinejuice needs you this Christmas!

Vinejuice needs you this Christmas!

You’re invited to join them for a 24hr non-stop #CAROLATHON broadcasting live from Vinejuice Radio and on social media.

The initiative has been launched to raise money for vulnerable women and children escaping domestic violence, abuse, and prostitution.

On Friday 22nd December from 12 noon, Vinejuice will be streaming 24 hours of carol singing, challenges, and fun.

Their target is to raise £2,500 for a charity called Cherished Hearts that offers personal and practical support, ongoing friendship and mentoring to vulnerable women and children.

The charity will put the funds towards their plans to secure a property to provide shelter for these families.

You can support in the following ways:

  • Make a donation for Cherished Hearts at JustGiving.com (for donations of £50 or more you and/or your organisation will be recognised as an official sponsor during the broadcast)
  • Share the campaign with your friends, family and on social media
  • Donate your social following and join the Thunderclap campaign so we can get this thing trending on social media on Friday (22nd December).
  • If you do want to get involved get your skates on because for the Thunderclap campaign to go ahead they need at least 100 people
  • Details at http://thndr.me/klU5YE
  • And finally, tune in to the Carol-A-Thon and be ready to sing along on Vinejuice Radio, watch on Facebook or YouTube (subscribe to the YouTube channel and follow their Facebook page so you can be notified when they go live)

Every £1 you donate will make a HUGE difference and take the charity Cherished Hearts closer to their vision of buying a safe house for women fleeing life-threatening situations.

Great line-up

Expect to hear from (and see) the great and the good from the UK and international Gospel music scene passing through including (but not limited to):

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(Adapted from a supplied press release)

GL Live: Edition 8 Back with a New York twist



GL Live is back!

Gospel Link, the Birmingham-based publishing, promotions and media outfit known for strong events with equal US/UK billing,  continue the tradition with instalment 8, rekindling the original ethos of GL Live in exposing unknown and up-and-coming talent on an international stage.

This time the stage is given over Gauge and Slave from the States, paired with one of the strongest outfits to emerge from the UK in 2011: Writeway Music (Tunday, Rhema, Presha J and Leke), plus Birmingham’s DJ 4Real.

It will be interesting to see the impact the two New York rappers will have this time around (as compared, for example,  to Ritchie Righteous from GL Live 7).   We’ll see…

Local acts are also apparently performing at each venue as the tour takes in – for the first time ever – Newport, in addition to regular haunts Birmingham, London and Manchester.

The tour is from 19th-23rd October.  More details, links and how to book tickets below along with the official trailer.

Not long to go now…  Have you got your ticket?


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Hip Hop artists release track to highlight persecution

Open Doors, a charity serving persecuted Christians worldwide joined forces with Preacher Boy Missions to produce a music single.

The track features award winning and highly talented Christian Hip Hop artists who have come together to raise awareness of Christians who suffer for their faith.

Coming for Me’, due for release on Tuesday 16th November features Jahaziel, Guvna B, New Direction Crew, E Tizz, McGladius from 29th Chapter, Armor MC and S.O.

 

The song was produced by awardwinning Steven ‘G.P.’ Abramsamadu,music video produced by Preacher Boy Filmworks, directed by Andy Mundy-Castle.

The song will be released in time to lend support to Open Doors’ Right to Believe petition that will be presented to the United Nations.

Jahaziel, who went on a trip to aid the persecuted in Pakistan, said:

“Meeting with Christians who’ve lost homes, family, and their freedoms for following Jesus is the starkest reminder I have ever experienced of what the Gospel of Jesus means.

Their horrific plight inspired me to want to be on this track with other artists to give these people a voice.”

Open Doors campaigns for those facing great persecution.  They hope the release of the single will raise more awareness, support, and concern for Christians suffering for their faith.

Open Doors spokesman Jonny Goodchild:

“Hip Hop is one of the most influential art forms in the world so what better platform? The Bible clearly states that when one part of the body suffers, we all suffer. We want to be a voice for the voiceless.”

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Download: Eddie Kadi on the Gospel Breakfast Show on Premier Gospel

I met Eddie Kadi for the very first time on this audio you’ll hear. I can’t believe how quickly we hit it off.

He came in to the show I co-host with Nage, to talk about his one-man show at London’s 20,000-seater 02 Arena in London.   She was away, so it was just Eddie and I.  I hadn’t laughed that much live on air for quite a while… 🙂

Download the MP3 by clicking on the down arrow in the player, and click on picture to go to Eddie’s site

News: New Faith Child Single released to media

Flashback‘, the new single from Faith Child, featuring Alex Greig and produced by G.P. of DVine Muzic (who is also part of the excellent New Direction Crew) was released to media this week, and should start getting airplay about now.

It comes out ahead of his debut album ‘Illumination’, launching on the 4th of December.

More information on the event on Facebook

Faith Child on Twitter

News: M-Brio Music Sponsor UMA Gospel Category

MBrio music Logo - click to go to websiteExcellent new UK gospel website M-Briomusic.com, announced its sponsorship of the Best Gospel Act category for 2009’s Urban Music Awards.

This is not only good news for the UMAs credibility, it’s even better news for M-Brio who – while being very new on the reporting scene – bring a very welcome reporting dimension to the UK and international scene.

M-briomusic.com is quickly establishing itself as a major player (and rightly so, in my view), with the latest breaking news, features and interviews from the biggest and best in the Christian music world.

Founded by brothers Adam and Matthew Brooks, their vision is simple: to create a Christian music website, that operates in a more excellent way, promoting Christian artists and music, whilst uncovering and helping to introduce, new music to the world:

“We are truly excited to be able to partner with the Urban Music Awards. Not only do we appreciate what they are doing for U.K. music in general, but we also applaud their acknowledgement of a booming U.K Gospel scene.  By partnering with the UMA’s we believe we can show the world that gospel music transcends genres and styles and is literally bursting with talent”.