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Reviewed by A T Bradford
Kensington Temple's Senior Minister Colin Dye's vision to express the "sound of London" is embodied in this well formulated collection from the KT worship band. The songs are original and written by KT's talented international producer and music director Fabio D'Andrea. "Amazing", led by Andrea Almeida, is recorded live with dynamic percussion and bass performances as she sings, "I can't understand all the things you do/You keep surprising me, you're amazing." Another live number is "Name Above All Names", co-written with Luciano Manfrinato and Roselie Niclasson (on vocal lead), buzzing with spiritual energy and supported by tight keys and electric guitar. The CD showcases several other accomplished female vocalists including Josephine Eaton (also co-writer on "Hallelujah" and "Children Of The King") and Karena Gregory (in harmonious duet with Jonathan Miller on "I Lift My Voice": "You're the God who hears my cry/Whatever the time of day/You're the one who reassures/And says it's all OK"). Most tracks are complemented by the KT choir, ably filling out the sound with worshipful backing vocals. KT's songs are being picked up beyond their own network - 'Forever' demonstrates why.
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Kensington Temple, one of Europe's largest churches with a network of over 50 satellite churches across London and a combined congregation of around 10,000, is a thriving centre which has always been renowned for its strength in teaching, led by the international ministry of Senior Minister Colin Dye.
It came as a big surprise that in such an established church the Senior Minister felt led to dramatically change the direction of the worship.
"I felt we needed to take a radical step in a new direction," stated Colin. "There was a big difference between the sound of our worship and the sound of music that non church goers would listen to. I wanted to reclaim that and produce worship that was representative of the sound of London, a sound that would reach out to our city in ways that our old-style music was not doing."
A buzz started to grow and grow around Kensington Temple's new worship, and there became an ever increasing need to record all the songs. The result is the new KT CD, Forever, named after one of the lead songs of the album which has been incredibly popular with not only Kensington Temple's congregations, but others as well.
"It has been a huge blessing for us," says musical director Fabio, "to see other churches such as Ruach, another major church in London, using our songs within their worship sessions."
"This has been a huge blessing to us, knowing something we have created is not only touching the congregation of KT but many others not related to the experiences we have gone through on our journey so far".
"Forever is the culmination of 18 months of hard craft and a truly radical experience that has changed the shape of worship forever."