Has mainstream hip hop found its faith?

“This album is actually a Gospel album,” said Kanye West ahead of the release of his Life of Pablo album. Most of us howled with laughter. But once we stitched up our sides that had literally (yes literally) split, we had to think, why would Kanye make such a statement? Aside from his 2004 hit…

#WeIntroduce: Sianny set to make a BOLD entrance

Nottingham’s Sianny is raring to go with all the tools she needs to go far. She’s already been given a great start to her musical career by joining with top management and music production house BOLD, who also gave us Becca Folkes. Sianny also has a stunning voice that will open doors for her. You…

Premier Gospel’s UK Gospel Show announces 2017 Ones to Watch

One thing that we hope is true: 2017 HAS to be better than last year. Saying that, we did see a lot of great music released by British artists in 2016 and the horizon looks promising for the next 12 months. The UK Gospel Show on Premier Gospel has named the people it thinks will…

Do we really need music videos? Like, REALLY?

When you watch a really well-produced music video, it’s a reminder of how powerful visuals can be. Check out the video to Love Love – the best UK Gospel video produced this year, we reckon. Or Where You Are by Ekklesia, which won the Best Video prize at the Premier Gospel Awards. One shows super-crazy levels…

Big Church Day Out Spotlight: Newworldson

The year was 2010 and a track was released that made us sit up and pay attention. It was a track called Jamaican Praise Medley and it was by a band we’d never come across before. Their name: Newworldson. The thing that caught us off guard was that the performers of the track weren’t a…

Big Church Day Out Spotlight: Seth & Nirva

  You may be more familiar with the work on Seth & Nirva than you realise. Seth has lent his vocals to the likes of Kirk Franklin, Chris Tomlin and CeCe Winans. Nirva spent a decade as a dancer in TobyMac’s Diverse City group. Now they’re stepping out to release their debut album with a…

Big Church Day Out Spotlight: Philippa Hanna

Sheffield has given us a lot of things. Steel, two distinctly average football teams, and Henderson’s Relish. But perhaps one of the finest exports is Philippa Hanna. Growing up in a musical family, it was almost inevitable that Philippa would follow in their footsteps. Her faith infused songwriting has allowed her to reach people much…

Big Church Day Out Spotlight: Lily-Jo

Music is always at its most powerful when there’s a call to action, or some sort of practical application that underpins it. No one knows that more than Lily-Jo. As well as being a talented singer songwriter, Lily-Jo is also a qualified counsellor. And as far as she’s concerned, it’s impossible to keep both worlds…

Big Church Day Out Spotlight: Seth & ANT

No one can accuse Seth Pinnock of being a stranger to hard work. Look through the archives of the Sound Doctrine and you’ll see he’s been in ministry for a long time and doing what many would consider ill-advised. Crazy, even. How many 17 year olds do you know that would be bold enough to…

I’m a gospel singer… Get me out of here!

The latest series of the Voice UK is now in the history books but for fans of gospel music, this series was of particular interest. But one question remains. After you’ve appeared on a TV talent show, what next? In part 1 of this two part Faith & Reality series, we talked about the showing…

Has UK TV overcome its gospel blindspot?

Remember this video from the US version of X Factor a few years ago? We remember seeing it shared on Facebook at the time time and thinking that we’d never get a performance like that on UK telly. So imagine our surprise when we saw this at the weekend on the Voice UK. The States…