Debut single for multi-cultural gospel singers
A new cross-cultural gospel group – Total Praise UK Singers – launched from a St Albans church has its debut single available for download …
A new cross-cultural gospel group launched from a St Albans church has its debut single available for download …
Band founder Teressa Edwards takes up the story ...
"I grew up in a Seventh Day Adventist Church in Trinidad and Tobago and moved to the UK in 2000. I've always sung in church growing up and decided to give it a shot in the music industry.
"I worked here in that industry for more than 10 years, and never really felt like I was fulfilled, or that my talents was being best put to use as God intended. So I took a break from it all in 2011.
"I went back to St Albans Seventh Day Adventist Churc, after having my second son, where my love for Christ was rekindled. I wanted to do something for him, to contribute to spreading his ministry to the world so they could know the joy I know that comes from knowing Jesus. So I expressed my interest in starting a Gospel Group, asked for permission to make the announcement at church, and an amazing group of people from all walks of life responded.
"Timothy Runji from Kenya, Charles Prendergast from the UK, Anca Tanasa from Romania, Nathalie Boakye from Germany, Sian Millanaise who from Jamaica, Viola Owino from Kenya, Kacana Hamwene from Zambia,and Maame-Tiwah and Nana K-Ampofo sisters from Ghana came together to form our Gospel Group in November 2013!
"The name Total Praise UK Singers came from my love for Richard Smallwood's music and his song, Total Praise. So just a year and some months on, God has blessed us and continues to bless us tremendously. Since starting we've held our first annual concert in May 2014, raising funds for ADRA, sang at various churches across Britain, at Gospel events in Britain, and released our debut single on 24 January, No Other Name But God, available for download now on all download sites including iTunes.
"We're working on our debut album to be released towards the end of this year, and we are currently working alongside the Adventist Frontier Mission to host our second annual fundraiser concert this year.
"We can only pray that God takes us as far as he needs us to go. As faith without works is dead, our desire is to serve him and we're willing to spread his message, to reach the unreached."