John Gaughan - Testimony

Published Saturday 14th July 2007
John Gaughan - Testimony

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 25356-12729
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

As the title of this 2004 release suggests, this is the testimony of North Yorkshire singer/songwriter John Gaughan. As an up and coming musician in his late teens, Gaughan was a member of multi-million sellers Herman's Hermits but led a life increasingly dependant on alcohol. Within a relatively short period of time, he became a broken man and attempted to kill himself by throwing himself from an attic window only to survive with horrific injuries. Living the life of a recluse amidst the haze of his addiction, he was visited by a local church man who told him about Jesus. As he gave his life to the Lord, a miraculous restoration took place with broken bones incurred as a result of his suicide attempt being healed and deliverance from his acute alcoholism. The majority of this release is made up of Gaughan's testimony through spoken word and his honesty, humility and warmth make for compelling and affecting listening. Peppered throughout are four of Gaughan's songs which, although not of the highest production or musical standard, showcase the man's rugged voice and adequately complement and support the message contained within his testimony. More care could have been taken when producing the CD as there are track gaps at the start of the songs where the spoken word should bleed into the song but this does not take away from the fact that this a valuable and powerful tool that can be used by people ministering to those suffering from alcohol addiction.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Lesleigh in Southport @ 15:07 on Aug 12 2012

I was privileged to listen to John's testimony some years ago at a Womens' aglow meeting....It certainly moved me and I play his music constantly as the C.D's are truely meaningful; & definately from the heart...God Bless you John...

Posted by Bob dilkes in Bournemouth,Dorset,UK @ 14:17 on Jun 8 2009

I had the priviledge of attending John's Testimony at a local Church last week. What a truly inspiring man and story..... his songs fitted in so beautifully, and the rawness mixed with his fabulous Yorkshire sense of Humour ( am a yorkshire guy too....) , made the evening, and his message about Jesus left Me, my Wife and Sister in Law with Hope and Flilled with Love for Him. Thank you John and God Bless You !!!!

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