I’m delighted to announce the upcoming release of my brand new Christmas single! The song is called “I Will Seek You” and speaks of how Jesus is seeking each of us in the mundane and traiditonal Christmas tasks and celebrations – in the shopping and in the tinsel – even when we forget that He’s there! People have contributed to the song from the UK, Germany, Czech Republic, and the USA! It’s been mixed by Tim Gosden and mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering.
The single will be released on all digital retailers on Friday 4th December. If you like the teaser video – please share it on Facebook or Twitter and help spread the word ahead of the single’s release! Thanks so much for your support.
After playing “Revive Me” on his slot on BBC Radio Humberside on Sunday 25th January, Never for Nothing’s Geoff Howlett has published his review of “All The People”, which he called “a mighty fine album”, on the NFN e-newsletter – even making it his Album of the Month! Here is his verdict:
GARETH HIDES : All the People. (K180Music : K180CD 001)
Even after nearly 28 years in the CCM business, I’m still amazed by the terrific songs being written and produced by independent artists, like London based Gareth Hides. This is his first, full, album, and what a cracker it is! For those of you old enough to remember a band called The Electrics, the opening ‘Revive Me’ will bring back great memories. It’s a Celtic foot-tapper that is very pleasing to the ear, with an excellent chorus. ‘Faces on the People’ plods along nicely, but the indie pop anthem ‘Tonight’ is a real highlight. “Tonight’ was written to highlight our own mortality as humans, and that ‘we may not have tomorrow”, says Gareth. “It’s based on Luke 12:16-21 where Jesus says that “this very night your life will be demanded of you”. On ‘New Creation’ there’s great use of a simple guitar phrase, while on ‘Stumbling Block’, Gareth makes first-rate use of some violin and mandolin sounds. The invitation of taking the water of life, on ‘Will You Come?’ didn’t sound as joyous as I thought it should, but that shouldn’t take away anything from another, fine set of lyrics. I couldn’t stop smiling when I heard ‘Every Time You Go Away’. It reminds me so much of 1970’s Eurovision! That’s not a bad thing, Honestly! It’s bubble gum pop, with sing-along chorus that will be buzzing around your head for days. Gareth has an engaging voice, and his songs have real lyrical gravity. Add to that, some great production, and you have a mighty, fine release. 9/10.
Thanks Geoff! Check out his mention of the album on the BBC radio Humberside Sunday morning breakfast show HERE. It starts about 37:37 into the show… Enjoy listening!
The first review of the new album is up and live! #LouderThanTheMusic have given the new album ★★★★1/2 out of 5. LTTM’s Jono Davies said that “…it left me with a smile on my face.” He said that the album’s lyrics are “all exceptionally clever”. Very generous encouragement and praise from the LTTM guys. Thanks! Don’t take my word for it, please check out the full review by clicking HERE.
We had a great night in Louth, Lincolnshire on Saturday for “Abandon” with our friends at LCF. We shared the stage with the “Route 96 Band”, and got to play a nice mix of Counting Sheep songs, some of the Face to Face EP, and even a sneaky peek of the new album! Thanks to our friends for a great night… Roll on the album launch!
Here are some snaps from my gig at the O2 Academy in Birmingham on Thursday August 23rd. I was joined by Pete “MZ” Emms on bass & Pete Hopper on Cajon/Percussion. It was a great opportunity to play a first gig in Birmingham. Thanks to all of you who bought tickets & came along! Thanks to Martyn Barnbrook for taking the pics.
You can now buy physical copies of my 2011 EP, “Counting Sheep”, online at Cross Rhythms Direct for only £4. ClickHERE to go to their site. Cross Rhythms reviewed the CD last year and gave it a 7/10 calling it “…an impressive debut”. Read the full review on their website. The EP is still available as a free download on Noisetrade.