Did urban UK Gospel music die in 2014?

If you have any interest in urban Gospel music here in the UK it’s a debate that you may have found yourself involved in at some point this year. “What happened to the scene?”

We teamed up with our very own presenter Karl Nova to give us his verdict and we were amazed to see that he was able to name over 30 album/E.P releases plus singles and free downloads in addition to that. It seems that when it comes to productivity, there’s a lot going on in UK urban Gospel but not many artists seem to be connecting with the audience because to many, the scene is still very quiet.

The general consensus is that there are less high profile releases, less album launches, less concerts and events and less to get excited about. Do you agree? If so, what are the reasons? Some put it down to a lack of quality or a lack of marketing whilst others have put it down with a lack of creativity and effort to connect with the audience.

Karl Nova disagrees and has listed various releases below which in his opinion, is proof that there are quality releases coming out of the UK Gospel scene at a productive rate. He states “It's so easy to miss out on releases when you come from a diverse underground niche scene that has so many different types of music. Here are some I've come across in the last 12 - 18 months. I am sure many have heard of some of them. It's only when you put them all together that you realise that a lot of high quality releases have come out from the UK.”


The Show - Ricardo "Rocstarr" Williams

Unique Perspectives - Natalie Phillips

Live in concert - Dwayne Tryumf

Through The Veil - The Cokers

Something to say - Tro

Heads Up - Jahaziel

The The Truth - TWELVE24

Midnight Oil: Live in worship - Seth & A New Thing

Care about the journey - David B

Imperfect - Baliva

A City of Truth Christmas EP - City Of Truth 

Higher EP - Just Jodi & Electrospective 

Timeline - Watchman

Break The Chains (live) - iEC feat Jake Isaac

Xenophobia - B-FAM

Gehazimite - Solaman Gehazi & Termite

Transformed - KeyLyric

Purpose - Paul Anthony

Bespoke - Barney Artist

A Handshake to the brain - Hawk House

Four Miles Further - Nick Brewer

Beautiful EP - Sallie Foyeh

DFMB remix EP - Astar

The Testament EP - Jay Picasso

Transition EP - Nyime


Pinch me quick - Kristyna Myles

19 expressions EP - Lawrence Rowe

The Microcosm EP - Moses

Something for the summer - Guvna B

Happi EP - Happi

He cares for you EP - Shad Stone

Wonderful EP - Joy Rose

Live to worship EP - Fiona Yorke

Something Different EP - David Keigh

Refurbishment EP - Chuka Royalty

Little Me EP - Michelle 

Room EP – Leke

Time to Shine – Victizzle

Raw Material - Wariyah

Beyond The Norm - Living Faith Connections

King of my heart (live) - Rachel Yvonne


I surrender - Shad Stone feat Lyrical Soldier

DFMB (remix) - A-Star ft E- Tizz, S.O, Triple O & Dwayne Tryumf

Child of God (remix) - Keisha K

Bear The Mark - The Earmark Collective

The Things I see and hear - Leke

Tunnel Vision - Faith Child feat Da T.R.U.T.H

Amazing love - J Vessel

Let me go - Annastasia Baker

Get it while you can - Ekklesia ft VM & New Ye

Superstar - The Company

Jesus - Matthew Allen

I'm free - Distinct ft J Williams & Astar

Believer - lyrical soldier

Yahweh - Living Faith Connections

My Hope My Song - Andrea Louise

Love you anyway - Ricardo Rocstarr Williams ft Triple O

Happy (remix) - Adam & Kid

Women of Hope - KODA feat Michelle John

Strong and beautiful - Judith Denton feat Isaiah Raymond, Chris Gordon, Israel J Allen & Ekklesia


A Pinch of Salt - Tor Cesay

Journals: The 3P - Tor Cesay

Woods - Dalet

Telescopes & White Roses - Triple O

A Christmas Gift - Rachel Kerr 

Scrapbook 2 - Guvna B

Through it all - David Keigh

My Calling - Mafdotyou

Issues EP - JayOpoet

Vol 1 Urban worship - The Levites3:12

Grace & Mercy - Threeface


What do you think?

Did urban UK Gospel music die in 2014?

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Has Karl missed any releases and do you agree with him or do you think that urban UK Gospel music died in 2014?

Feel free to add releases that Karl missed in the comment section. What are your favourite songs, EPs, albums, mixtapes that you have heard from your favourite UK artists this year?

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