This is the fourth instalment in the series looking at UK Gospel artists and their exploration of the world of ‘mainstream’ music. You already know the back story: we’re still navigating the long-running discussion around how best to respond to Christian artists creating music that isn’t evangelical by default. It’s an interesting, if somewhat ironic, state of affairs because – given the chance – the same … Continue reading Great ‘Mainstream’ Songs from Christian Artists (Part 4)
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
Podcasts, music and reality TV winners – here’s some good stuff you might have missed in 2017 We’re halfway through 2018 and in this always-on, news-by-the-second age we live in, harking back to anything that took place more than 24 hours ago can almost feel a little weird. However: the one thing I still hear almost more than anything else when it comes to activity … Continue reading Things you probably missed in 2017 that you need to catch up with – NOW
This series celebrates a sometimes contentious area of Christian music: the ‘non-evangelical’ output.
Over the years we’ve sadly lost far too many hugely talented creatives to the wrong side of the unwritten (but oddly pervasive) law that suggests every sphere of Christian creative activity has to have an evangelical aspect to it.
I’m sure you know the one: it postulates all Christian songs need ‘Jesus in every line’.
There’s no way to sugar coat this. Over the years the UK Gospel scene has sadly lost a huge amount of incredibly talented people to the blight of an unwritten rule: ‘Christian artists should only write about explicitly Christian experiences’. (And of course you can replace ‘write’ with practically any creative endeavour whatsoever and get the same result. It’s a deeply-held, strongly felt conviction in … Continue reading 5 Inspirational UK ‘Gospel’ Tracks You Have to Check Out (Part 1)
It’s the announcement countless fans of classic UK Gospel Praise & Worship music have been waiting, quite literally, years for. Howard Francis made a large number of people very happy indeed (208 Likes and counting on Facebook at the time of my writing of this), as he confirmed both he and the equally-awesome Mark Beswick are (finally) giving in to massive demand and reconvening the … Continue reading Rejoice and Sing Unto The Lord: A New ‘Power Praise’ is Coming Soon!
The weekend beginning 4th March 2016 has been good for new visuals.
Music videos out from the UK Gospel scene this weekend are sufficiently varied to sustain even the most abstracts of tastes: Contemporary African Praise & Worship, RnB/Soul and Hip-Hop from a 5 year old (yes, you read that right).
The UK Gospel scene frequently has to endure unhelpful comments about the state of its health, typically in the shape of (mainly uninformed) comparisons between it and the more mature US market: nothing ever happens here. Apparently.
Yinka Awojobi makes the case for exciting developments and continued optimism in 2016.
I haven’t done one of these annual forward-looks in so long it’s actually taking serious effort to get back into the swing of things.
The main reason? I hadn’t felt much of a need. And that’s a good thing, trust me.
Let me explain: these days, getting your UK Gospel music industry news is nowhere near as challenging as it used to be. There are lots of good places to get it from.
London might get all the attention, but if we’re going to be honest about this Birmingham can also lay a justifiable claim to at least co-owning the soul of UK Gospel music. Just my two pence, but I know many who’ll agree with that 🙂 Natty Joshia‘s new release ‘Rollercoaster’ ft Shyan is out now, taken from his debut EP Rollercoaster, due March 26th 2015. Here’s … Continue reading New Music – Natty Joshia: ‘Rollercoaster’
Sons, daughters, nieces and nephews of the Wades continue family musical legacy with new group ‘The Wades Next Generation’. Their debut single in ‘Go Harder’ has just been released and is in memory of Derek Wade (part of the pioneering 80s/90s UK Gospel sibling group The Wades) who sadly died on 6th January 2014. ‘Go Harder’ features the vocal talents of Varren Wade, Ashley David, … Continue reading New Wades Generation Release Superb Memorial Single