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— UKGospel.com (@UKGospel) November 22, 2019
This is the third in a series that looks at UK Gospel artists and their exploration of the world of ‘mainstream’ music.
You know the one: songs that don’t necessarily fall into the evangelical bracket (and we all know the long-running discussion we’ll be forever having about that).
Meantime here are another 3 artists to check out – this time it’s the ladies edition
Michelle John was born to sing!
Whether it was singing as a child in her local Gospel Choir or recording and touring with stars such as George Michael, Annie Lennox, Mariah Carey and Eric Clapton, the diversity of her musical background and the wide range of Artists she has worked with have given Michelle a great vision for her musical destiny.
Michelle has worked with Eric Clapton for the last 9 years during this time she has extensively toured North and South America, Japan, Asia, Australia and Europe
She’s toured with Will Young on his last 3 U.K Tours, and perform with Herbie Hancock and Sheryl Crow and recorded with the Phenomenal Lenny Kravitz. She also recently performed at a concert for President Barak Obama.
Michelle has also been Rita Ora’s vocal coach.
(Text taken from the Michelle John Facebook page)
Showcase: Doing Me
Michelle John Spotify profile
Sharlene-Monique is a multi award-winning singer-songwriter, who began singing in church aged 4.
Her debut EP Destiny was released in April 2018 and combines emotive, soulful vocals with inspiring songs of empowerment, love and self-acceptance. It has been streamed over 300,000 times internationally on Spotify including Japan, Taiwan and the Philippines.
(Text taken from Sharlene Monique’s Spotify profile)
Rachel Charmaine Kerr professionally known as Rachel Kerr is a British singer/songwriter, celebrity vocal coach and entrepreneur born in Walsall, United Kingdom.
She is also the CEO and founder of international performing arts academy Singercise™.
She is a member of the Grammy Award Association and a BET Music Matters endorsed artist.
Her debut EP release Back To Music, was released in 2012 and went on to win the singer her first MOBO Music Award and a 2012 Urban Music Award nomination.
Kerr has toured the US, UK and Africa opening for the likes of Lauryn Hill, Brandy, Musiq Soulchild, K. Michelle, Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond.
(Text taken from Rachel Kerr’s website)
Showcase: All for You
Spotlight album: Unboxed
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, thick skin and singular focus.
So I was rather chuffed when I found these elements converged in the pilot of their new reality series: Music, Business and Marriage.
According to Ayo’s message via WhatsApp: ‘it’s meant to be insightful, inspirational and a little bit funny. Would love to get feedback’.
Well, I started watching on my phone, standing outside the station waiting for my wife to pick me up for the short ride home.
A New Favourite
I’m now sat at home, fully dressed and still watching.
It’s possible I’ve just found another fave music documentary series…
I’m happy to admit I found 2012’s MOBO Gospel category difficult to call.
The one thing MOBO Awards is pretty much guaranteed to do with Gospel every year is generate consternation and anger (even outrage) among those who feel they have their finger sitting much more firmly on the industry’s pulse than the folks at MOBO HQ.
Get it Wrong
And – almost inevitably – it would seem MOBO ‘get it wrong’ every year.
Still, as an observer myself I’m always interested to see how people with no direct connection to our industry understand and interpret it. There’s much benefit in seeing things from an outsiders’ perspective.
Voted for your favourite UK Gospel act for MOBO 2012 yet..?
No? Well, maybe you need a reminder. Here’s a summary of the nominees, in alphabetical order.
You have less than 24 hours:
El Mafrex – Jehovah – Join on Facebook
Nicola – Breakthrough ft Guvna B – Join on Facebook
Rachel Kerr – Kingdom Soldier 2011 Remix ft Commission, Lola Godheld, Jay Ess, Faith Child, Matthew Allen, Guvna B – Join on Facebook
Ram 1 – My Habitat – Join on Facebook
V9 Collective – World To Me (DJ Ayce Remix) – Join on Facebook
Vote for your Favourite at http://www.mobo.com/voting