Pastor David Daniel: The full interview with the Brit gospel stalwart

Wednesday 1st September 2004

The full Tony Cummings nterview with Pastor David Daniel.

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Tony: So he wrote a specific song for the project did he?

David: Well no.  I 'phoned Graham up and I said Graham I would love to have a song.  He had one spare song from one of his albums that it didn't get on and he gave  it to me! A fantastic song!

Tony:  You have to forgive me, I haven't actually heard the album yet but you delivered a copy to me today so I am really excited about that.  How many different people have you got singing lead on the album?

David: We have got people like Priscilla May Campbell, Lawrence Johnson from Colours.

Tony: So you have brought some guests in?

David: Yes - but they are almost family - family as well.  Lawrence is my brother-in-law, Pat Knight Scott is a member of our church as well, formally of New Colours.           Tony Monrell is a good friend of ours and Hildia Campbell, she's there as well with us so we had some good friends!

Tony: You've got some serious singers!

David:  Yes, again I want people to listen to this album and listen to it for a long time, and so I tried to get some really good singers.  Not only that, our own singers from our church are on this as well, Ruth Lynch, Erica Oriano singing lead as well, and myself and there are other lead singers in our choir who were humble enough to step back and say "Pastor, we are happy to sit back this time" but we have got some very talented singers.

Tony:  Where was it recorded?

David: We recorded it in our church in Tottenham, North London.

Tony: And so it was a question of bringing in a whole lot of equipment?

David: Yes, we got Neil Costello's team to come down and do the recording and you know the unity from Neil and Sound Craft and everyone that was involved in the whole thing.   People gave us information, advice, it was                        so many people and I really have to thank God.  People didn't sort of hold things back, people weren't thinking well I don't want your product to be better than mine.  People just shared, they shared their successes and their failures so we went into this with a lot of good advice - and we thank God for that.

Tony:  And presumably a real sense of the presence of God and a focus on praise.

David:  Amen! Most definitely!

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Reader Comments

Posted by Evangelist Daniele in Luton, ENGLAND @ 10:21 on Nov 19 2008

Gospel music digs deeper than any other music throughout the world today. And those who make it so, and those who have made it so in the past, form an uncompromising band of Christian saints men and women, who have spent decades in contention with all manner of difficult circumstances.

Few performers have had it quite so tough as gospel singers and it shows in the way they commit themselves within a song: The Christian vision of deliverance from spiritual and social shackles has always held out the greatest hope to those with least to lose and the gospel song is essentially a song of deliverance. The real, breathtaking power of gospel singing cannot be understood as anything less than the ecstatic victory shout of a soul set free at last. There is no music quite like that of gospel music, no drama like the drama of Christians rejoicing, the sinners moaning and repenting, the tambourines shaking, and all those voices coming together in unity, crying holy unto, the LORD. I have never seen anything during my Ministerial life as an Evangelist, to equal the fire and excitement that gospel music carries, without warning can fill a church with the awesome power of God's glory.

Nothing that has happened to me since, can equal the majestic power and the glory that I sometimes feel when, in the middle of a worship song, I knew that I was somehow, by some miracle, really carrying, really singing, as they say, the WORD, when the church and I are singing and dancing, in anguish and rejoicing at the foot of the altar. So let your heart exult wordlessly into joyous song by breaking down all barriers in the immeasurable fullness of your countenance by the words of your songs, whether at the harvest table, in the vineyards, or elsewhere. For true, really, true gospel singers, groups or bands they will always worship God in Spirit and in Truth, and recognise that He and He alone gets all the glory, AMEN

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