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…

Concert in your PJs – Is this the future?

Come on, admit it. We’ve all used one of the following excuses. “I haven’t got anything to wear.” “It’s raining.” “I’m tired.” “I’m skint.” So what if we were to tell you that these no longer apply? And what if we were to tell you that you can now see great live music without even…

When a rapper isn’t just a rapper

One of the reasons we love hip hop is the way rappers can tell revealing stories. It’s an art form that allows you to be transparent and very real. But what happens when even hip hop music isn’t freeform enough to get your message across? Well if the last year is anything to go by,…

When will the barriers in Christian music come down?

Anyone who follows me on Twitter will know I’m a big fan of the Hillsong Young & Free This is Living EP. I’m particularly fond of the title track, which sees Hillsong collaborating with Lecare. But it got me thinking, why don’t we see more of this? In the world of Christian music, there are…

Baliva’s realist album yet – Exclusive interview

Baliva, the London rapper with over a decade of making music under his belt, is releasing his latest project today called Imperfect. This album is a bit of a departure from his previous body of work, though. Or rather,a progression. Imperfect is the album where he can be more sincere, bold and honest. “The last album…

Has hip hop become the new shining light in Christian music?

Something historic happened in Christian music this past week. An artist from the ‘gospel’ scene became the first ever to reach the top of the US Billboard album chart. But the artist isn’t from one of the established gospel music families, or even the latest reality show winning singer or choir. It’s the rapper Lecrae….

Why I’m looking forward to the new S.O. album

The new S.O. album drops on November 13 and I’m very exciting about getting my hands on a copy. Here’s why. His last album So it begins was off the chain and introduced a lot of people to a very talented artist. Singles such as Sure Thing and Love Is are particular faves of mine….