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Tuesday 5th October 2010

Sarah Kelly releases radical independent album

GRAMMY nominated Sarah Kelly has released a new independent album, 'Midnight Sun'. For the project Kelly enlisted several friends to co-write a number of the songs, including her worship leader husband Jonas Ekman, Jeremy Hunter (Taylor Swift, Jonny Lang) and Mitch Dane (Jars Of Clay). The project was produced by Justin Knox, Jeremy Hunter and Mitch Dane with Jars Of Clay's Steve Mason playing on four of the album's more rock-based songs. Said Kelly, "I think 'Midnight Sun' is a good representation of the real me. I'm a woman who wants to talk about life and for me that's rock and relationships and that love for God that I just can't contain. I'm so excited for you to hear it, not only because I've poured the last two years of my life into making this my best album so far, but for a much more important reason."

Part of the publishing royalties of the songs on the album will go to support different charities close to Kelly's heart. Said the singer, "The reason I wanted to do an independent album was so I could give the publishing money to these causes. It seems that the fruit of 'Christian music' should go to things that Jesus cares about, not to my big house fund, or the label's next big artist's promotion fund. If God wants to bless this album, more kids get fed, more girls get out of the brothels, more cancer research happens. Music is for honouring God and bettering life. My prayer is that this album accomplishes this both musically and practically."

'Midnight Sun' will be distributed in Europe through Kingsway. CR

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