Ralph Ward - Jump & Shout

Sunday 1st July 2001
Ralph Ward - Jump & Shout
Ralph Ward - Jump & Shout

STYLE: Childrens
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
LABEL: Kingsway KMCD2325
RELEASE DATE: 2001-04-20
RRP: £0.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Any lyricist who compares the Godhead to Chicken McNuggets can obviously live with the occasional criticism. So let's say at the offset that this children's ministry man is decidedly erratic in his songwriting. When he gets it right, like on the pop-dancer "When I'm Late For School (That's The Time I Talk To Jesus)", or the fun filled "You Can't Have Jerry (We All Need To Be With Jesus)", the effect is invigorating. On other occasions, like the crushingly banal "I Will Praise The Lord" or "Let's All Sing A Travelling Song" the effect is painful. Ralph, as Zero Option, once pumped out evangelistic dance pop for teenagers. I'm pleased the needy kids music arena has opened up for him. Now he just needs someone to sort out his good ideas from his naff ones.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Sally in Croydon @ 15:44 on Mar 7 2014

Ralph's material is brilliant! Every time it is used in sunday school and in family services there are laughs and exclamations of joy to the Lord. We need to be reminded that through laughter children learn a lot and will remember through their laughs. This is what Ralph achieves - memorizing the fact that Jesus loves you through laughing. Many children have repeated the silly lyrics in Ralph's songs and the Biblical lyrics - Brilliant!

Reply by Robin Crofts in China @ 03:12 on Apr 17 2018

Hi Sally. I have been trying to get hold of Ralph Ward for a long time but without success. I had a very vivid dream about him last night where we were talking face to face. Where did this dream come from I wonder?

Can you help me? Do you know where he is? I tried to look up Holtwood Church but again, nothing. Thank you.

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