At the first annual Step FWD Awards Graham Kendrick was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In a hall packed with top names in the British Christian & Gospel industry, he received a standing ovation with an impromtu breakout of one of his hit songs ‘Shine Jesus Shine’. Those are moments to be treasured.
In 1972, the young and bearded singer-songwriter had released an album of songs that would mark the start of a journey that now celebrates its 50th year. The footnotes on the sleeve of “Footsteps on the Sea” say that Graham Kendrick is a ‘man who lives his life through Jesus’. 50 years later he is still doing just that and to celebrate this special anniversary Graham has collaborated with the very talented singer and producer Jake Isaac to record an EP of story songs that includes a new version of the song that started it all – ‘Simon’s Song’ (Footsteps on the Sea).
The “Where It Began” EP takes Graham back to the days of narrative storytelling, when coffee bars and folk clubs were his venue of choice and communicating the message of Jesus came through the 6 strings of his acoustic guitar and the crafted lyrics of his songs.
“Where it Began” also features the soaring vocals of Lurine Cato MBE and the soothing tones of Lucy Grimble. Produced by Jake Isaac, “Where it Began” is a fresh step on a journey that has taken Graham to places he never would have dreamed of in 1972.
The first track ‘The Darkness’ featuring Lurine Cato is out now. Lurine said “It was an honour to be featured on this beautiful song by Graham Kendrick. The poetic nature of the lyrics compliments the melody to tell a story with depth and anointing.”
“Where it Began” is released on all the usual streaming and download platforms on April 8th.