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Christian Music News: Feb 2010

Geoff Howlett
By Geoff Howlett

Hello, and welcome along to another look at what's happening in the world of contemporary religious music.

May I start by congratulating Minnesota's Adam Young, otherwise known as Owl City, for topping the UK Singles Charts in January with his debut release, 'Fireflies'.

What a talent this young man is, and hat's off to BBC Radio Humberside's James Hoggarth for being one of the first people to give the song airplay.

THEBIGCHURCHDAYOUT - Press Release -Jan 2010

May 29th 2010, Stanford Hall, Leicestershire

May 30th & 31st, Wiston House, West Sussex

What a day it was: on a beautiful sun-soaked Sunday in May 2009 there were 15,000 people drawn together in the most amazing celebration of all that is good. We were all together as one huge family - this was our BigChurchDayOut.

And in 2010 we'll do it again. But it'll be bigger, wider, bolder and even better. Also, new for 2010 is an extra day in Sussex and a brand new venue at Stanford Hall (nr. Loughborough) in the Midlands.

Each day the line-up includes Hillsong United, Switchfoot, Toby Mac (DC Talk) Israel Houghton, Tim Hughes (Worship Central) Brenton Brown, Graham Kendrick, Lou Fellingham, Tom and Olly, LZ7, The Kings Chamber Orchestra, Stuart Pendred and Trent.

It promises to be an incredible event, as people of all ages and church backgrounds gather together again to celebrate the faith that's bigger than all of us. The event has a programme from contemporary artists through to classical.

For all event info please go to

Stuart Pendred
Stuart Pendred: Currently recording his new album.

Stuart Pendred contacted me to say that his second album is well underway with a three track promo currently being recorded in London with his co-writer Oliver Davis.

Now with Kingsway, Ollie and Stuart are really excited about the follow-up album to 'Benedizioni' and it will have the same 'feel' to the album, including their classical take/arrangement on some of the church's most popular hymns and worship songs along with five new original tracks all of which they are incredibly excited about sharing with people.

People in the York area may be interested in "Make Way For The King", a worship night being held at the New Earswick Bowling Club on Friday 19th February. Doors open 7. 30pm. There is a bar open all night, and everyone is welcome. andy@sayners.freeserve.co.uk for more details.

Good friends of mine, The Reign, have a new drummer, in the shape of Kev Sargeson. Kev has previously been a member of local bands such as Destiny Calling and 95 Foot Wave.

Naturally Supernatural will be an inspiring day of prophecy, worship and teaching, refreshing your life and call in God. Led by Gerald Coates - his ministry and commitments are broad and include Insight, a school of prophecy, and the charismatic evangelical Round Table. To be held on Saturday 20th February from 10am - 5pm at the New Life Christian Centre, Bridlington Avenue, Hull. Entrance is free, but booking is essential.

More details at

Tel: 01482 610705

Fuse is a chilled out evening for young people aged 14-18 at Costa Coffee in Beverley on the 1at and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 7-8:30pm. Event organiser Ali Crompton says that he is looking for acoustic acts to play at the evenings. If you're a young musician or a member of a group and fancy a set then contact Ali via e-mail:

I was especially pleased to receive the next piece of news. 'Galactic Tourists' is the brand new album from Christian punk outfit (Careless). Lead by the ever-so-slightly maniacal leftfield punk Jamie Careless dubbed "The Christian equivalent of Johnny Rotten" by former Stranglers' manager Mark Richards. Careless have burnt a blazing road for themselves on the live circuit over the past few years.

Careless: Christian punk band

Having toured with the Prodigy's axeman Gizz Butt (English Dogs) as well as numerous supports for his Alternative Metal scene band Janus Stark.

The band have extensive appearances across Europe, from venues as wide and varied as Liverpool's famous Cavern Club to the mainstage at the prestigious UK Greenbelt Festival. The album is available from the usual download stores, or you can get more information from www.careless.me.uk

That's all for this month. But, let me remind you that you can hear all the latest contemporary religious music each week on BBC Radio Humberside by tuning in to the Sunday Breakfast Show just after 6.30am.

Best Wishes

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