The Singing Glorylanders: Homespun harmony from a UK southern gospel group

Sunday 1st September 2002

Malcolm Niven answered Tony Cummings' questions.

The GloryLanders
The GloryLanders

Tony: Some readers might think that the idea of a Southern gospel group based in London as a pretty strange one. How on earth were the Singing Glorylanders formed?

Malcolm: The Singing Glorylanders were formed after Peter Robertson and his family returned from a visit to the USA where they met a number of Southern gospel groups. Peter and his family have for the past 10 years had a love for the style of music and the direct message in the lyrics. Having sung at a number of London venues the Singing Glorylanders received numerous requests for a CD of what they had sung and for that reason it was produced.

Tony: Do you think there is a big enough audience in the UK for Southern gospel?

Malcolm: Yes. From the demand for the group there is great interest and enthusiasm for Southern gospel.

Tony: What is the group trying to do spiritually?

Malcolm: The group feels led to preach the Gospel through song and testimony. We have been asked to take Sunday church services where we have the opportunity to preach the Gospel message in word and song. The message in Southern gospel is so clear and meaningful.

Tony: There are only three of you whereas most Southern gospel groups have four or five members. Are you able to handle all the parts between you?

Malcolm: We are currently auditioning two additional younger singers to join the group who will cover the singing parts. As mentioned earlier we only produced the CD because of demand. Naturally it would have been better to wait for the additional singers.

Tony: Where do you see your ministry taking you in the coming years?

Malcolm: We believe that God has given us a mission to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel in word and song throughout the UK and beyond. We are in our infancy but have God with us and shall grow in his strength. CR

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About Tony Cummings
Tony CummingsTony Cummings is the music editor for Cross Rhythms website and attends Grace Church in Stoke-on-Trent.


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