Nobody liked *Colin. What made things particularly ironic was he was such a nice guy. Colin was sales manager in a company I worked for in the 90s, and back then (I don’t imagine it’s any different now) sales was hard. Horrid Put it this way: if sales were a girl she’d be the little one from the nursery rhyme: when she was good, she … Continue reading Put your Black life in music – NOW.
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 … Continue reading AStepFWD Vocal Masterclass – Feb 2021
The best way to create songs that change the world? Get tips direct from people that have done it! Continue reading AStepFWD Songwriting Masterclass 2021
‘State of Play’ specials return after 4 years, celebrating landmarks and anticipating trends… Introduction February is the month I cast an eye over the previous year’s trends, events and general happenings in the UK Gospel scene. The last time I did anything this extensive was in 2016, and back then there was an incredible amount to get truly excited about. 2016 Vibe for 2020 2020 … Continue reading UKGospel 2020 – State of Play
The debate around whether Christian artists should create exclusively evangelical (or at least overtly Christian) content is unlikely to be resolved this side of heaven. In the meantime I thought it’ll be interesting to launch this new series examining what actually happens when people who profess the Christian faith actually record music that – to coin a phrase – doesn’t ‘have Jesus in every line…’ … Continue reading Great ‘Mainstream’ Songs from Christian Artists
A couple of minutes before I started writing this I checked the top 20 Official UK Christian and Gospel album charts for this week (beginning 8 July 2018). They Own The Place It looked incredibly familiar in its (almost depressing) inevitablity: the usual suspects were gathered in the charts, occupying the space like they own the place. And let’s face it – if we’re going … Continue reading Reasons Why Sarah Teibo’s Number 3 Chart Position is Brilliant News for UK Gospel
MOBO Awards announces the 2017 Gospel category Earlier today the MOBO Awards Gospel artist nominees were shared with the world via a Premier Gospel radio exclusive broadcast. Nominations Volney Morgan & New Ye: Facebook | Twitter Lurine Cato: Facebook | Twitter S.O.: Facebook | Twitter Mali Music: Facebook | Twitter Triple O: Facebook | Twitter Explore More MOBO Gospel 2016 – The year MOBO ‘Got it … Continue reading MOBO Announces 2017 Gospel Category Nominations
I love music documentaries. I love their whole behind-the-scenes, expository vibe. And it’s no big secret that I’m a huge fan of the UK Gospel scene too. Plus: I’ve especially got a lot of time for Rachel Kerr and her husband, Ayo. Doing what they do in an industry like ours with its restrictive boxes, impossible expectations and unrealistic comparisons requires broad shoulders, tightrope navigation, … Continue reading Fave new video series: Rachel Kerr and her husband on Music, Business and Marriage
Think about it – in this age where you completely control every aspect of your audio consumption experience, why do you still need music radio..?
I’ll be honest: before I started working in radio I had very little time for the medium.
There was a perfectly valid reason for that, too: these days we’ve potentially got all the music we’ll ever need on demand. And chances are we’re not getting the vast majority of that selection via radio.
We’re completely spoilt for choice, with easy access to free (and paid) download services, and to media streaming via any number of platforms, most of which are (for the moment at least), also free.
If there is any part of the Christian life that is a dense grey area of debate and contention, it is how Christian artists should respond to the fact that they are Christian and creative. When it comes to the realm of “the gospel” and “music” and “gospel music” in particular, a lot of people have a lot to say about it and I know many young Christian creatives who have been burdened by this expectation. Continue reading When “Christian Artist” Doesn’t Mean “Gospel”