Gospel news by Adaeze Chiwoko

MINISTER TAF IS USING HIS MUSIC TO ADDRESS KNIFE CRIME

In April, award-winning gospel reggae artist, Minister Taf, released his new album entitled ‘Life’. The anticipated album includes his song ‘Life Too Short’, produced by Qwequ AJ to address the increasingly devastating trend of knife crime in the UK.

Minister Taf says: “I really hope this song reaches the youth, and encourages them to put the knives and guns down.”

The album also features songs with special guests, such as MOBO nominee Andrew Bello, Fiona Yorke, Tanesha (his wife), Becca Folkes and the Voice UK semi-finalist, Emmanuel Smith.

“I wrote this album to address a variety of issues in life, including lack of gratitude, because I feel that many people are not grateful for what they have and where they are in life. I want this album to encourage and lift people who are going through difficult moments in their live,s and who want to give up.”

Minister Taf has gradually built a name for himself on the UK scene, through his energetic performances and catchy lyrics. Last year he was granted the opportunity to perform in Portugal and Germany. His incredible, upbeat attitude and positive energy combine to make him one of the most versatile performers in the business today. He has graced the same stage with quite a few international and local acts, such as MOBO award-winner Guvna B, Volney Morgan & New-Ye, Triple O, DJ Nicholas, Jason Mighty, Datin (USA) and Dwayne Tryumf.

‘Life’ will be available on all digital platforms, including Spotify, iTunes and Amazon Music.

TYE TRIBBETT TO RETURN TO THE UK AFTER FOUR YEARS

Leading American gospel singer, writer, producer and preacher, Tye Tribbett, is returning to the UK after four years, for a headlining performance at the Gospel Family Fest in Birmingham this May.

On 27th May, Tye Tribbett will be ministering some of his most popular gospel songs, such as Stand Out, He Turned It and Work Out, with his full band at Bethel Convention Centre, West Bromwich. Tye isn’t the only American, who will be gracing the Birmingham stage, however. Bill Moss – whose most recent album release, ‘Songbook of Praise and Worship’, features the likes of JMoss – is also on the set list.

Manchester-based Christian folk/pop artist, Zion, and Wolverhampton-based Byron Taylor Jr with his group Favour are the UK-based supporting artists for what organisers promise will be an explosive night of gospel music and worship for the whole family.

Tickets are available to purchase from www.ilovegospelevents.com.

JOHN FISHER AND IDMC GOSPEL CHOIR CELEBRATE 25 YEARS IN MUSIC

Leader and founder of the ‘Gospel Soul’ choir IDMC, John Fisher, is celebrating 25 years in the music industry, with the release of a new single entitled ‘My Change Has Come’.


The single, performed by IDMC, which stands for Individuals Dedicated to the Ministry of Christ, features vocals from Shanteh Fuller and ITV’s The Voice finalist, Wayne Ellington. Sonically, it is a feel-good reggae song, with all the warm harmonies and melodic vocals you would expect from the seasoned choir.

‘My Change Has Come’ is currently available on digital outlets. The choir will also be performing live at the country’s most popular Christian music festival, ‘Big Church Day Out’, on 26th May.

MAKE ROOM… FOR ALL MY TROPHIES!

Jonathan McReynolds headlined at news outlets following his eight-trophy win at the 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, which also included a subsequent tribute to the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The outstanding artist’s third album, Make Room, has earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Gospel Album, and nine Stellar Award nominations.


Out of nine nominations, Jonathan won eight, including ‘Artist of the Year’ and ‘Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year’. Having co-produced all material on the album, McReynolds won ‘Producer of the Year’ – an award shared with the production team of Make Room. His single, ‘Not Lucky, I’m Loved’, also won ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year’. The album itself won ‘CD of the Year’ and ‘Contemporary CD of the Year’.

The Chicago-based singer/songwriter is currently on his Make More Room Tour around the USA.

See below for a full breakdown of the 29-year-old’s wins:
1) Artist of the Year
2) Male Vocalist of the Year
3) Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year
4) Producer of the Year
5) Song of the Year
6) Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year
7) CD of the Year
8) Contemporary CD of the Year

A SONG FOR THE TIMES: ‘HEAL OUR LAND’ BY PURIST OGBOI

Tech Music School’s London graduate, Purist Ogboi, recently released a gripping new music video as a visual accompaniment to her very poignant single, ‘Heal Our Land’.

Purist, wife of multi award-winning producer, Evans Ogboi, officially released the video as a “sincere prayer in the midst of the global crisis we face.”

Directed by one of the UK’s leading filmmakers, Fred Williams, the video (available to watch on YouTube) is an almost haunting illustration of the state of the earth, with Purist Ogboi standing on behalf of many, crying out to Jesus for the healing of the land.

She says: “Jesus is the answer to our world needs. This song is a cry from our hearts. We need God’s spiritual intervention on the earth’s affairs…

On her social media platforms, Purist has revealed that the single has been strongly inspired by the Bible passage in 2 Chronicles 7:14, which says:

“If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Heal Our Land is the third single to be taken from Purist’s forthcoming album, ‘Victory’.

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