Since Dan Lank and I announced that we’ve written a new song for Christmas, we’ve had hundreds of listens through our Bandcamp page, with lots of great feedback from friends, family and strangers! I’m pleased to say that the song is now also available to buy on iTunes for the princely sum of £0.79 (English … More New Xmas song now available on iTunes and YouTube!
Last year, my good friend Dan Lank (a worship leader in West Sussex) approached me with a song idea he’d been working on. I straight away got hooked on the catchy chorus – “Come and see, come and see Emmanuel…” What a brilliant invitation to imagine and encounter again the wonderful truths of the Christmas … More New Song for Christmas!
The dreaded “whoah” section. You’re standing shoulder-to-shoulder on a Sunday morning with a friendly stranger, trying to get your mouth and vocal cords around another new song, and then you see it flash up on the screen. “Whoah! Whoah! Whoah!” Just to confirm, the worship leader encourages everyone, “Ok everyone, let’s lift our voices, sing … More Worship songs that go “whoah”
I remember having a hard time explaining to Joe Blanchard who Charles Wesley was. I met Joe at the Christian Union but he went to a different church on Sundays. “He wrote hymns,” I started. “Hymns?” “Yeah. Old worship songs!” “Oh right! Like ‘How Great Is Our God’?” “Um, no, not that one.” “Oh right. … More Who Is Charles Wesley?
We seem to have a tendency in modern worship songs to want to write simple statements like “God, you’re so good,” or “Your love is so vast” or something – statements that try to capture how big and how wonderful this love of our God is as we’ve discovered it. Often though, if you’re anything like … More Singing “Our God reigns” in a world of genocide
As readers will know, last year I released my second EP Invitation, and was very involved with two other big releases from our church – an album of live worship, and an album of Christmas Gospel arrangements. These were exciting projects, and the EP especially pushed me to be expanding my listening and assessment of … More 2013: Music I discovered last year
It is with great pleasure that I can announce that not one but TWO new albums have arrived in the land of the living from Ichthus Christian Fellowship! Those of us on the core team who put it all together are immensely pleased with the results. See below for more information about each album.
Continuing the little series of song stories I have been posting, I am pleased to be able to share a bit of the story that led to Holy Overshadowing, undoubtedly the most popular song from the EP. I was able to show my early ideas to Graham Kendrick, who was good enough to take it … More Song Stories 3 – Holy Overshadowing
Continuing the series that began with my post about my song ‘You Are With Me’, a few thoughts on ‘Invitation Song’ (click for lyrics), track 3 on my recent EP, Invitation. Song-Swapping One of the things that can be enjoyable about songwriting is the flow you can create in your working process when a discarded verse from … More Song Stories 2 – Invitation Song
I thought it would be fun to provide a couple of thoughts behind some of the songs that make up my new EP, Invitation. So over the next week or so I will try to sit down regularly to write a song story! And seeing as You Are With Me is the first song on … More Song Stories 1 – You Are With Me