A decade after one of my FAVOURITE family group put out their brilliant and fantastically well-received debut album, ‘World To Me‘, family group V9 Collective is back, folks!!!
After time away from public appearances, Sam, Vernetta, Tula, Ruth and Semele return with a brand new album, ‘Message in the Music’, out 31st May 2021.
Sam says: ‘After a few years in the making, this musical offering is a collection of heartfelt songs about life and faith, with the same V9 Collective soul and flair’.
In other words: if (like me and many others) you’re in the market for brilliant organic Soul, real instruments, vocal harmonies and musical relationships like only families can do, all wrapped up in a completely unashamed Gospel message, then you need to pre-order your copy already
Pre-orders kick off May 11th 2021. Join their mailing list at V9Collective.co.uk for album release updates.
And in case you’re wondering – yes, you can just scan that QR code to go straight to their site
If you can’t wait, check out ‘World To Me‘ below to get a feel for what’s in store
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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’
There I was, minding my own business when this thing pops up in my feed: the UK’s Gospel Music Industry Alliance (GMIA) announced a series of Town Hall meetings.
It’s a golden opportunity for all UK Gospel creatives to share their career blockers and professional pain points (and – let’s be honest – we know the issues are legion).
The Gospel Music Industry Alliance (GMIA) say they’re listening, which makes this is a good time to tell them what you really think – so they can hopefully take some action on your behalf
Plus: this call to action is aimed at everyone: they’re defining ‘creatives’ in the broadest possible sense of the word: venues, retailers, music producers, musicians, managers, media outlets and everything in between.
And for those cynical troublemakers heckling from the back of the class: I feel your pain. But on the flip side of that same coin, there’s a good chance your suggestion might be a critical component bringing the solution to everyone’s problems.
As GMIA outline some of their plans, they’ll invite your feedback on those very plans – you can’t get fairer (or have more power and influence) than to have a seat at the table, right…? Well, here’s your chance to do just that on the 4th February 2021.
Plus: it’s on Zoom, so you don’t even have to travel further than the next room, if at all.
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.
New Chief Executive to Lead ‘Day to Day Industry Development’
In a new appointment that might raise eyebrows in some quarters, the UK’s Gospel music industry body, Gospel Music Industry Alliance (GMIA), announced it ‘headhunted and selected’ Audrey Gray to be its new chief executive officer.
According to the GMIA’s press release, Audrey’s initial brief will be to drive what it calls the ‘day to day administrative running of the organisation’, as it ‘seeks to transform the collective efforts of an underdeveloped British Gospel Music scene.’
It’s a shrewd move. For many on the outside looking in (I include myself here), GMIA has been slow to capitalise on the incredible talent it now has on its roster, a serious gathering of experienced hands from across our industry.
Before I explain why I think that is, I’ll circle back to qualify my ‘raised eyebrow’ comment: unlike some on the GMIA board of directors, Audrey has a relatively lower public profile which in turn may lead some to query the appointment.
But – in the context of GMIA at least – it demonstrates a canny strategic move: Audrey has a proven track record in walking the talk while consistently delivering services, some of which people in our industry have probably used without realising.
She runs Leveltickets.com and artistehub.net, has several years’ worth of experience in tour and events management, as well as artist development and coaching services.
In other words: she’s highly skilled and exceedingly qualified, with a strong understanding of the idiosyncrasies of both artist and industry needs.
Most importantly, though: her real corporate superpower is delivery, something the GMIA will potentially reap significant benefits from.
If 2019 was the year of new beginnings and 2020 the year of COVID-19 disruption (and a subsequent consolidation), here’s to hoping 2021 is the year when things actually start to happen.