It’s a brilliant May summer’s day, one of those perfect English afternoons with blue skies and a Goldilocks temperature. Face Mask My face mask – an optional social accessory these days – is firmly fixed over my nose and mouth. While I’m no longer legally required to wear it in public, it’s ideal for the job at hand: gardening. I’m round the back, and I … Continue reading Like this? You’ll LOVE that!
The Premier Gospel Awards return after 2 years away with a brilliant 2022 nominee list, celebrating the absolute cream of the UK Gospel music crop (I don’t envy the voting panel – the nominees are strong across all the categories!). Overlooked However: it’s only right to point out that the Street Music category, a segment of the scene that remained vital and vibrant through the … Continue reading Premier Gospel Awards 2022: Amazing List – and an Amazing Miss?
I had a completely different update to share this week about plans for this site However: something happened that gave me a disturbing glimpse into a possible future. Control your own narrative Now more than ever it’s critically important to have complete and direct control of your own narrative. Hopefully I’m preaching to the choir on this, but just in case you still doubt the … Continue reading UKGospel.com Existential (Part 2): You can only say what THEY want you to say…?
Existential: the future of UKGospel.com (Part 1) When I started writing this forward-look several weeks ago I opted to do it in stream of consciousness. It felt right because it’s setting out the UKGospel.com roadmap for – God willing – the next 5-10 years. Additionally, sharing my thought process this way lends itself to the feel of a story that’s unfolding almost in real time… … Continue reading Existential: the New UKGospel.com? It’s the old UKGospel.com, actually…. (Part 1)
I knew I was on to a good thing when I launched the ‘Celebrating UKGospel’ series… I get excited when I can come up with different and interesting ways to honour the great work so many people continue to put in across the UK Gospel scene. Most-shared feature It’s also especially rewarding when many other people share that same excitement: the ‘Celebrating the Ladies of … Continue reading Celebrating #UKGospel: Brits Abroad (Part 1)
‘Summertime and the livin’ is easy…’ Today is a perfect UK summer’s day: the maximum temperature is a cinderella-optimum, entirely agreeable 15 degrees: not too hot and not too cold. So here are a few AfroPop tunes to turn up the heat just a little more and soundtrack a hopefully already perfect day. Sarah Teibo – Blessed This G Kid-produced track almost certainly needs no … Continue reading 5 UK Gospel AfroPop Songs to Soundtrack Your Day
Introduction I wrote this back in April 2016, with the original intention to have it coincide with the release of Michelle John’s EP, Paper Doll. If you’re wondering why you’ve never heard of Paper Doll, the answer is simple: it was never released. I asked her a few years later why she didn’t go through with it and she cited two reasons, which – on … Continue reading Michelle John’s ‘Paper Doll’ – The Back Story that Never Got Told
This series is part of the content migration programme from earlier versions of UKGospel.com, ensuring the history and evolution of the UK Gospel music scene is recorded and publicly accessible Original publication date: 26 June 2005 Written and edited by: Yinka Awojobi I realised recently that UKGospel.com hadn’t done a decent piece on any UK choir in an age. It wasn’t a deliberate thing, but … Continue reading Legacy Series: Focus on Kingdom Choir
I cannot tell you how SO, SO, SO PROUD I am of every single lady on this list!!!! Story time: like many of the exciting ideas I get, this one came completely out of the blue and hit me like a ton of bricks It went like this: last week as I was planning the relaunch UKGospel.com version 3, I thought I’d create a section … Continue reading Celebrating #UKGospel: launching the Ladies Edition (Part 1)
Part showcase, part profile, all celebration. Wide-ranging and slightly atypical, this series expands the type of recipient we’re used to celebrating in profile editorials of this kind. How about the producers and the song writers? What about the graphic designers that have given us distinctive visual branding over the years, on everything from websites to flyers to CD covers. What about the venues? And the … Continue reading Celebrating #UKGospel – Introduction