|1||Change the World (feat. Geraldine Latty & Louise Willott)||Renewal Choir||4:01||£0.79||View In iTunes|
|2||That I May Know (feat. Vernon Samuels)||Renewal Choir||4:12||£0.79||View In iTunes|
|3||Heartstrings (feat. Janine Morris)||Renewal Choir||6:45||£0.79||View In iTunes|
|4||What He Started (feat. Robyn Samuels)||Renewal Choir||3:32||£0.79||View In iTunes|
|5||The Reason I Believe (feat. Ikay Agu)||Renewal Choir||5:48||£0.79||View In iTunes|
|6||Come To Jesus (feat. Geraldine Latty)||Renewal Choir||7:38||£0.79||View In iTunes|
|7||That’s Why We Praise Him (feat. Geraldine Latty)||Renewal Choir||3:39||£0.79||View In iTunes|
|8||You Reign (feat. Janine Morris)||Renewal Choir||4:23||£0.79||View In iTunes|
|9||Psalm 42 (feat. Louise Willott)||Renewal Choir||4:26||£0.79||View In iTunes|
|10||Amazing Grace (feat. Julia Morris)||Renewal Choir||4:37||£0.79||View In iTunes|
|11||Fountain of Life (feat. Louise Willott)||Renewal Choir||4:28||£0.79||View In iTunes|
Behind the Scenes
Taking on A God Size Challenge
Prior to the album project the choir had enjoyed much success with the use of cover versions of songs in its repertoire but the production of an album with original songs was seen as an opportunity to help promote Renewal as Bristol’s leading gospel music choir organisation marking an important milestone in the choir’s coming of age. We anticipated the the production of an album was always going to be a big hairy audacious challenge never the less we were determined that we would complete the project and create our very first recording.
A Marathon Not a Sprint
The Renewal Gospel Choir had been running for almost five years and during this time it had formed a 50 strong core of dedicated singers and musicians who perform at various civic, community and social functions in and around Bristol.
Under the inspirational leadership of Choir Director Kim Samuels the choir had a desire to consolidate our experiences and ministry taking our impact to the next level going forward.
If patience is a virtue then it has to be said that Renewal Choir has to be one of the most virtuous choirs going! 4 years of hard work, stop start schedules and juggling the cash flow to conceive and then birth the album “What He Started”. Sometimes the journey seems really close until you commit to reach the summit and what we originally thought would be a project taking 4 to six months stretched and stretched until finally in December of 2012 the album was finished pressed and on sale at the Renewal Christmas concert.
Desire alone is not enough..
Transforming the passion and the feeling into a something that captures and conveys the lyric and the music is such an important part of the recording process.
Darren was the man behind the project who used his creativity and expertise to pull out all the stops to produce and mix the album. Recognitiona also goes out to produce Nigel Ipinson-Flemming who helped Renewal to initiate and shape many of the songs that were developed into the final product.
Music Director Phil Barclay was also a vital part of the album team contributing his excellent keyboard skills and technical input into developing the musical content behind songs
Along the Journey….. a little pause now and then to keep spirits high!
Though the journey was long it was also amazing with so many special and memorable moments and so much commitment from a base of volunteers many of which are accomplished gospel in their own rights who were always so willing to make the necessary sacrifices to achieve the goal. Debbie’s cakes, Phyllis’ food, Paul’s technical ingenuity, Phils cool and steady character, Astrid and Janet’s cool dance to the track That I May Know, Geraldine’s bubbly lyric to “That’s Why We Praise Him” and Lorna’s quick wit and humerous comments helped us all to stay sane and intact as we inched our way forward to the finish line
And Now Unto Him Who is Able to Do Exceedingly Abundantly Above All We Ask or Think
… And thank you Musicians
…… for your contributions, time and effort in supporting the project