AStepFWD Gospel News

DJ HAYCH’S ONES TO WATCH IN 2024

We have entered 2024 with optimism and excitement about what the year has to offer, and it’s always important to keep up to date with UK Christian & Gospel Music and some of the artists who seem set to have an incredible year. DJ Haych shares his ‘Ones to Watch’ in 2024:

ANNATORIA 
From winning The Voice UK to her recent Christmas Single, ‘This Christmas’, and 2023 MOBO Award nomination, Annatoria has shown her versatility and growth as an artist and worship leader – as well as a social media influencer – through the last couple of years. 2024 feels like a year where we will get a lot more music, including a potential album that I feel will cement Annatoria as a continuous ‘one to watch’ for years to come. 

Connect with her on Instagram @annatoria__

KAYE-MARIE
Christian r&b/neo-soul artist Kaye Marie has vowed to be more consistent with her music and, if you’ve listened to ‘Lives In You’ and ‘With Him’, you’ll understand why there is such a buzz around her. You can hear her music being played on any r&b stage or commercial radio station, which fills me with much excitement to see where her music journey goes next in 2024. 

Connect with her on Instagram @__kayemarie__

PGGM 
This duo has been giving us the amazing afrobeats/Caribbean/hip-hop-type fusion through their music for a couple of years now and, coming off the back of their 2023 album, ‘Outside, Seaside’, I expect them to soar even more in 2024. 

Connect with them on Instagram @pggmofficial

REBLAH 
If you know hip-hop in the UK Gospel scene, Reblah must always get a mention. Without a shadow of a doubt, he has done some great things over the last few years but, with his latest album, ‘Holy Impact’, to be released, 2024 feels like it’s going to be another spectacular year for him.

Connect with him on Instagram @reblahgram

SHARYN
Having given us the 80s-inspired ‘Divine’ single towards the end of the year, Sharyn has already hinted at a new album in 2024, and fans of her debut album, ‘In Full Bloom’, will be looking forward with eager anticipation to what she has in store for us musically. 

Connect with her on Instagram @sharynofficial

STILL SHADEY 
2022 Gospel MOBO Award-winning Still Shadey has created a lane for himself that only he can run in, from his Tiny Desk-type ‘Shadey’s Room’ to his music being featured on BBC Radio 1Xtra, it’s exciting to see what stories his music will tell us in 2024. 

Connect with him on Instagram @stillshadey

TOFUNMI ADORNA 
2023 Premier Gospel’s Best Newcomer, Tofunmi, blessed us with her EP ‘All In Good Time’ and really gave us a bit of an insight into the amazing artist she can become. Although, as with any newcomer award, it can feel daunting on what to produce next, I have no doubt that Tofunmi – now with a MOBO Award nomination under her belt – will show her growth in all aspects of her artistry and her music in 2024.

Connect with her on Instagram @tofunmi.adorna

WAREHOUSE WORSHIP UK
This collection of musicians and singers has been putting on live worship events throughout the UK, where they have had surprise special guests, including the likes of Becca Folkes, Ryan Ofei and Sinach. After starting in 2022, 2024 feels like a year where Warehouse Worship will start to release their own music and I am looking forward to it.

Connect with them on Instagram @warehouseworshipuk

There are a lot more artists I could mention, and that fact makes 2024 a very pivotal year for gospel music in the UK. 

AStepFWD and UK Christian Charts Mark Their 10-Year Anniversary in March 2024

Remember back in 2014? You were probably rocking out to the Christafari remix of Hillsong’s ‘Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)’ (which, let’s be honest, you’re still belting in the shower). But somewhere within the UK’s vibrant Christian music scene, the seeds of innovation were sown, birthing a movement that would amplify talent, celebrate creativity, and inspire countless individuals across the United Kingdom and beyond.

As we approach March 2024, AStepFWD and the UK Christian Charts proudly commemorate their remarkable 10-year journey – a decade defined by unparalleled dedication to showcasing the best in Christian and gospel music.

Over the past 10 years, AStepFWD has evolved into a dynamic community, fostering connections and collaborations among artists, songwriters, musicians, producers, industry experts, music enthusiasts, churches and other organisations. Its commitment to supporting and uplifting the Christian and gospel music industry has been unwavering, propelling talent into the limelight and providing a platform for diverse voices and music genres to be heard.

A pivotal component of AStepFWD’s legacy is the UK Christian Charts. This innovative ranking system has been instrumental in spotlighting the top Christian music releases, serving as a barometer of excellence and influence within the industry. The UK Christian Charts has not only acknowledged established artists but also provides emerging talents with a pathway to recognition and success.

As we celebrate this significant milestone, the team behind AStepFWD and the UK Christian Charts express their heartfelt gratitude to the talented artists, dedicated supporters, industry partners, and the vibrant community that has been the driving force behind a decade of success. Together, they have contributed to shaping a vibrant ecosystem that continues to thrive and evolve.

To mark this extraordinary anniversary, a series of special events, exclusive releases, and collaborations are in the pipeline. Expect thrilling announcements, engaging content, and opportunities for artists and fans alike to celebrate this momentous occasion throughout the year.

AStepFWD is not only celebrating a journey of milestones but also gearing up for an exciting future. The commitment to nurturing talent, promoting creativity and fostering a sense of community remains as strong as ever.

As March 2024 approaches, join the celebration and be part of the journey as AStepFWD and the UK Christian Charts continue to pave the way for the next generation of inspirational music and creativity.

For more information and updates about the 10-year anniversary celebrations, visit AStepFWD.com and stay connected on social media.

Here’s to another decade of building bridges and stepping forward together.

FWD FOCUS

Sandra Godley honoured with OBE for charity work in King Charles III’s Honours list
Singer, broadcaster and community champion Sandra Godley has been made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for charitable service to the community in Coventry. Sandra is a BBC CWR presenter, a trustee of Christians in Media, and an ambassador and advocate for the charity AtaLoss, which helps bereaved people find support and wellbeing as well as being a trustee of community station Radio Plus.

“I’m so deeply moved to receive this award but it’s also a signal for me to do more. I hope this award encourages young people to live out their lives creatively. It’s time more women were helped to break the glass ceilings that exist in the music world. My Christian faith motivates me to love with no limits and pass on whatever I’ve learned.”
Sandra Godley OBE

University Gospel Choir of the Year back for 12th annual competition
Get ready for a night of soul-stirring melodies and electrifying performances! The 12th University Gospel Choir of the Year is set to ignite the stage on 16th March, 2024, in Oasis House, Croydon. Join us for an unforgettable celebration of talent, passion and harmonies, as university choirs from across the nation showcase their vocal prowess and musical abilities. Get your tickets now at ugcy.co.uk and be part of this exhilarating musical extravaganza that promises to uplift spirits and inspire hearts!

I can’t wait to be back for our 12th year with some new choirs, new sounds and new challenges! Oasis House this 16th March is the place to be, as we come together once again from all over the country. Warm up your vocal chords as you will definitely be singing along!
Lorraine Wright MBE

26th annual MOBO Awards heads to Sheffield this 7th February
The stage is set, and anticipation is at an all-time high as the prestigious MOBO Awards gears up to honour the brightest stars in music of Black origin. Among the nominees who shine brightly are the incredibly talented gospel artists, whose soulful voices and inspirational messages have captivated audiences worldwide. This year’s nominees are Annatoria, Limoblaze, CalledOut Music, Guvna B and Tofunmi Adorna. The winner will be announced at the MOBO Awards in Sheffield at the Utilita Arena on 7th February 2024 and, as always, it will be a tribute to the power of gospel music to touch hearts and uplift spirits across the UK and the globe. 

“The MOBO Awards Gospel category, in partnership with Premier Gospel, brilliantly illuminates the roots of pop culture. As gospel music forms the bedrock of Black music and, by extension, pop music, Premier Gospel’s role in amplifying this genre is paramount. This partnership over the last eight years has celebrated gospel’s vibrant influence on our shared cultural landscape.”
Muyiwa Olarewaju OBE 

5 SONGS YOU SHOULD HAVE ON YOUR PLAYLIST

StepFWD Awards is the UK’s definitive Christian and Gospel music awards, and celebrates the ‘Best of British’ every year! Here are five Song of the Year winners from the last awards ceremony that you need to have on your playlist. These are brought to you from the third annual StepFWD Awards, which is powered by the monthly UK Christian Charts. Enjoy! 

CONTEMPORARY GOSPEL: ‘I Still Believe’  by Volney Morgan & New Ye

R&B / SOUL: ‘Walk With Me’ by CalledOut Music ft. Samm Henshaw & IMRSQD

AFROBEAT: ‘Jireh (My Provider)’ by Limoblaze, Lecrae, Happi

REGGAE: ‘God’s Plan’ by DJ Shunz ft. Chris Da Ambassada

RAP: ‘MRS’ by Luke November

Gospel News is curated by O’Neil Dennis, Founder of AStepFWD.com, the UK Christian Charts, StepFWD Awards and more. To get in touch, email info@astepfwd.com 

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