Faith Child (Michael Ayo) is one of the UK’s top Christian MCs, and a positive light in the music scene. “Faith Child has been at the forefront of urban music in our community for over a decade. He has helped to define a new sound of music and redefined what an independent artist can achieve”
Muyiwa Olarewaju, Director of Premier Gospel Putting his life experiences into music, Faith Child has a remarkable story that dates back to his birth. The name ‘Faith Child’ relates to the story of how his mother was close to aborting him but heard God’s audible voice telling her to keep the child and have faith in Him. She was told that he would be a man that would serve God and be after his heart. The name Faith Child marries two scriptures together; Romans 10:17 – ‘faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God’ and
Matthew 18:3 which says ‘we must be as children to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but more so God’s child’.
Faith Child released his debut album ‘IllumiNATION’ in 2009, which went on to be the fastest selling rap album in UK Gospel that year. The album featured MOBO award winners Guvna B, Victizzle, Jahaziel and Hillsong UK. In support of his release, Faith Child independently hosted his first one-man show ‘Faith Child Live’ at the 1000+ capacity venue ‘ULU’ and had queues trailing round the block.
Always pushing to new levels, Faith Child headlined a show stopping night titled ‘The 3 Musketeers’ (T3M) at the prestigious Indigo2 in 2010. The concert saw Guvna B, Victizzle and Faith Child take the crowd by storm in a night that marked a groundbreaking moment for young Christian artists and followers from the urban music scene. Amidst all the music activity that year, he was also able to graduated from university with a Bachelors Honors Degree in Performing Arts and amass a collection of awards such as ‘Best Hip Hop/Rap’ at the 2010 Gospel Music Awards and ‘Best Gospel Act’ at the 2011 BEFFTA Awards. He was also nominated for ‘Best Gospel Act’ for the 2010 MOBO Awards and received a nomination for a Dove Award in the United States in early 2011.
Between 2011 and the present day Faith Child has spent his time touring the UK, Europe, America and Nigeria, performing in front of crowds ranging from 2,000 to 4 million. His mission has also led to media coverage in and out of the Christian music sector and it has seen him exchanging words with the Prime Minister David Cameron over tea at Downing Street.
His heart for serving and giving back and natural ability to connect with people has also resulted in him becoming the Ambassador for several initiatives in 2013 including becoming the main TV presenter for UK’s leading Christian and Inspirational music outlet –
UPRISE, spearheading a homelessness awareness campaign and sleeping rough, hosting a youth event in advocacy for the missing Nigerian Chibok girls and also being asked to become an Ambassador for Compassion UK.
Award winning DJ and producer Galactus Jack is passionate about helping young people think about life, faith and God through incredible EDM parties and engagements in high schools.
Galactus Jack has played extensively around the UK since 2009, as well as touring and playing events and festivals in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. He has performed at a host of mainstream venues and high profile engagements, including the closing ceremony of the Shell Eco Marathon which drew 50,000 people to Rotterdam Arena, Holland.
Based in Manchester, Galactus Jack is part of The Message Trust, an organisation that has been committed to helping young people explore faith in Jesus Christ and the message of Christianity for more than 25 years.
Galactus Jack’s music is comparable to the EDM sound of artists like Calvin Harris and Martin Garrix, combined with the hard-edged energy of Major Lazer and DJ Snake and has been featured on radio stations around the world, including the prestigious BBC Radio 1. Whether it’s a crowd of 50 or 50,000, Galactus Jack never fails to get the audience hyped and connected to the message he brings.
J Vessel, at 22 years of age, is an award winning, musical artist from London. He became the youngest ever independent artist to be nominated for a MOBO Award in 2014. His debut album ‘Reflections’ peaked at #2 on the iTunes Christian Albums Chart. That is just a snapshot taken over a few years from the life of the inspirational musician and passionate Arsenal fan.
J Vessel, a Business Enterprise Graduate, has an artistry that is current and relevant to today’s world and consistently at the cutting edge of what will be the future for music. In creating output, he draws from personal experiences and observations he has made living in and around the gritty and fast-paced streets of London.
Courage and boldness not to follow the stereotypical trends of urban music today has led to many doors opening for J Vessel. This has allowed him to share his views on youth culture and society whilst retaining the essential ability to make excellent music. A talent that has been acknowledged not only by his growing legions of fans, but by national broadcast media stations such as BBC, Capital Xtra, Channel 4, TBN, Clash Magazine and Premier Christian Radio who are constantly airing his songs and his story. This has led to him being labelled “the future of urban music” by fans and artists alike.
He has worked with highly acclaimed artists such as Guvna B, Jake Isaac, Joey Vantes, LZ7, and works closely with producer Victizzle who has produced for the likes of Stormzy, Chip and Ms Banks. J Vessel’sstage presence is proven. In addition to performances at The O2 Academies in Islington and Sheffield, thousands in Africa and across Europe, have witnessed his performances along with full band and DJ. He has shared stages with the likes of Dave, Bonkaz, Andy Mineo, Tye Tribbett, Elevation Worship, Hillsong Young & Free and Tauren Wells.
Staying true to his name, Vessel hopes to be a voice of reason and of hope in a society often overwhelmed with the opposite. He wants to use his music to show young people that they too can use their gifts for good and help their communities strive. He aims to inform, inspire and equip young people all over the world to live out their God given purpose on earth and reach their full potential. In a world where most rap music promotes drugs, violence, sex and misogyny, J Vessel hopes to be a beacon of light.
Lily-Jo is a pop singer songwriter from Manchester, UK. She comes from a family of musicians and grew up singing in church. In summer 2015 Lily-Jo released her debut EP ‘Need to Know’, after signing a record deal with indie label LIGHT Music, home of popular charting Christian band LZ7. After opening shows for LZ7, Lily-Jo became their female lead vocalist, embarking on a two and a half year journey of invaluable experience touring and performing in arenas and venues all across the UK and Europe, as well as shows in Belarus and at Planet shakers conference in Australia.
In March 2017 Lily-Jo completed her first solo UK tour as the support act for pop artist and UK X Factor winner Ben Haenow. The tour was sixteen dates across the UK and Ireland, playing to crowds of between 200-700 people per night. Lily-Jo is so passionate about meeting people where they are at, whether that is within the church, at a festival, school, or in secular club. She is passionate about inspiring and igniting freedom within her audience.
Not only is Lily-Jo a musician she is also a qualified Counsellor and has a passion to see people living their lives to the full whilst embracing their true potential. In early 2016 Lily-Jo launched an online self help resource called The Lily-Jo Project. The web resource features information, interviews, videos, practical tools, on the most common mental health issues including; Low mood, anxiety, self harm, eating disorders, childhood trauma, low self-esteem, grief and loss. The resource has been nominated and shortlisted for several awards, and last year won a Premier digital award for ‘best use of digital media in youth work’. Lily-Jo promotes her web resource at her live shows, to date the site has had just over 15,000 hits. Lily-Jo is passionate about going into schools and meeting with young people face to face. She offers workshops on emotional wellbeing and self esteem. LJ has seen girls handing in their (self harm) blades after lessons and moving into a place of healing. Lily-Jo’s work around mental health has opened doors for her to speak out and be featured in local and national press including; BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Breakfast to mention a few. Her music has also been play listed on local and national radio stations throughout the UK and Europe.
From the start, LZ7 has kept a relevance and honesty about their music which comes from a heart that sees the best in young people. The band draw on experiences from their own lives which give the listener a deeper perspective of where they come from, what they are all about and where they are heading with their music. As always, Lindz is at the front of LZ7. The band includes many faces so you might see a different set of our family at each show.
LZ7 is on a quest to perpetuate music that bypasses the intellect and speaks straight to the soul. With their infectious melodies, huge drops and back to back anthems, LZ7 knows how to rock a crowd.
Legends, LZ7’s recent single featured Silento and was all over the charts. Home, the latest album, includes the highly successful first single, “So Good,” being hailed in high rotation at mtv hits clubland, having the likes of nNME, Pop Justice, and dancing astronaut among others being great supporters helping in the railing of new fans and industry credibility. Home is an electronic/pop album packed with huge EDM anthems, uplifting vocal melodies and plenty of dirty electro bass drops that will send the EDM and pop world wild!
LZ7 has teamed up with several heavy hitters to bring this project alive. Starting with working with grammy award winning producer, Solomon Olds and Cassell the beat maker who is responsible for such acts as Duffy, Natasha Beddingfield and Plan B.
URBAN PRAISE PROJECT
The UP Project provides an arena to party and celebrate God with one another, enabling people to worship and be set free to glorify Him. We feel there is so much space to be freer in worshiping God in sung praise as the 21st century church. We want to have a party with God, be loud, dance, celebrate, let our hair down, and give it all to Him. You will dance. You will sing. You will jump. This is a promise.
The UP Project came together from the desire to seek a fresh style of corporate worship. Envisioned to hear worship music that sounded like their favourite secular tracks the collective set out to develop an edgy, urban sound through ‘mashups’ that bridge the sacred/secular divide, and provide a spiritually engaging and freeing experience.
While leading the Hungry venue at New Wine, the team began to play with different samples and tracks to produce a raw, loud and dynamic sound. They then went onto Urban venue at New Wine and began to craft a new sound that would engage those who lived or worked in urban settings. The group experimented with ways in which they could push the boundaries but at the same time keep people engaged, crafting and honing their style and sound over a mixture of Christian conferences as well as specific praise party evenings.