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New label aims to get generations worshipping together

Mark and Helen Johnson, the award-winning founders of Out of the Ark Music have today announced the launch of a new label aimed at encouraging churches, families and communities to singing intergenerationally.

Same Boat Music, which releases its first four new albums today plans to further Out of the Ark’s vision to create songs that explore issues of identity, meaning and purpose, and engage families to sing together.

Mark and Helen Johnson

Founded in 1989, Out of the Ark Music is an award-winning publisher, with 30 years’ experience distributing songs to more than 18,000 Primary Schools across the UK. The label has launched Same Boat Music to reach beyond the school market and engage audiences both in church and at home with songs and other resources.

Overseen by Same Boat Music’s Managing Director Andy Bodkin, the four new albums include some much loved classics from sister company Out of the Ark, as well as some brand new songs freshly recorded this year. The albums will be available on their website and other digital service providers.

Bodkin says, “Same Boat Music has launched with a commitment to capture the breadth and diversity of life in the world around us through high quality, family-friendly songs. The label has been born out of a passionate belief that children deserve the very best. Adults singing with kids has also proven to be a great opportunity to explore questions of life that are not easily discussed over the kitchen table.”

Andy Bodkin

Same Boat Music has launched an online resource which will feature hundreds of songs with accompanying music and video resources with the aim of encouraging families and communities to sing and grow together, whether at home, at church or elsewhere.

Bodkin continues, “The songs that we sing together help shape the way we think, the way we act and the way we view ourselves and the world around us. We don’t just write songs for the sake of writing songs – we passionately believe that songs can make a real difference in your life and the life of kids.

“Our hope is that together, the Same Boat Music community will be a generous and hope-filled catalogue of incredible music for all generations. We’re really excited to share songs and resources that can help communities grow together in faith and celebration.”

To learn more about Same Boat Music and to download the new albums, go to

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