FRIENDS OF WORLD VISION
World Vision is proud to be friends with a range of artists and musicians who promote our organisation's life-changing work.
We are very proud that all of these artists have a genuine passion for the work we do. They work tirelessly to help us create inspiring, entertaining and cost-effective events that enable more people to hear about the work we undertake, become child sponsors and assist in protecting vulnerable children living in some of the world’s hardest places.
Searchlight Theatre Company
Searchlight Theatre Company interacts with their audience through producing and sharing life changing stories that make them laugh and cry, and highlight what it is to be human as well as to experience God.
Formed in 2011, the company regularly tours internationally with award winning authors Philip Yancey and Jeff Lucas. They also have a number of productions available for UK churches.
The company works in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Productions range from comedies, murder mysteries and family shows through to full length plays on the lives of CS Lewis, Eric Liddell and Brother Andrew.
"Poignant, heart-warming, professional, laugh out loud hilarious and occasionally gut wrenching. Searchlight bring it all. Recommend without hesitation." Jeff Lucas, international author and speaker.
For more information about Searchlight Theatre Company and their upcoming performances, please visit www.searchlighttheatre.org
Lara Martin is a talented singer, songwriter, worship leader and public speaker who has performed all over the world. Lara has a unique way of combining her gift in music with telling stories from her own experiences in life and sharing those of others; her message is inexplicably one of hope. Lara has a passion for social justice.
Lara is best known for her songs 'The Voice of Hope' and 'Divine Exchange', as well as 'Be With Me', 'The Forgotten Ones' and 'Soothe' from her album 'Pearl'.
“I am so honoured to represent World Vision and be part of an organisation which is active in injecting hope and new possibilities into the poorest communities across the world. Music is a wonderful vehicle of communication and it can be used to be a voice for the hungry, the lonely and the vulnerable with their plight able to reach the ears of people thousands of miles away! Once people are made aware of someone else’s need, they are no longer in ignorance. Poverty is all of our responsibility and everyone can do something to change a life and make it better. I love that World Vision explores creative ways to do this and it’s a privilege for me to be involved with them.” Lara Martin.
For more information about Lara, please visit www.laramartin.co.uk
Sadie and the Hotheads
Sadie and the Hotheads started in 2007 when Elizabeth McGovern, well known for her role as Countess of Grantham in the British drama series Downton Abbey, took guitar lessons from Steve Nelson and was encouraged to begin writing her own songs. After a collection had been composed Steve introduced Elizabeth to Simon Nelson who started recording the songs and put together a band of musicians to support the project.
The songs which make up the band’s repertoire range from periods during the last hundred years; from Victorian ballads, to fractured, minimalist riffs and tango rhythms.
“Your Sadie is that thing inside you which makes you unique. Everyone has it.” Elizabeth McGovern.
For more information please visit www.sadieandthehotheads.com
Carrie Grant is a well-known and successful author, speaker and vocal coach who has worked on BBC 1's Fame Academy, ITV's Pop Idol, Comic Relief Does Fame Academy and Glee Club. Carrie reports for the BBC’s The One Show and The Culture Show. Alongside husband David, Carrie also fronts Carrie and David’s Popshop on CBeebies.
Carrie has worked as a vocal coach and producer for many years alongside various artists including Take That, Will Young and Gwyneth Paltrow. She has also been a top session singer, working with artists such as Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, Rod Stewart, Lighthouse Family and Fat Boy Slim.
For more information including tours, motivational speaking and authorship, please visit www.carrieanddavidgrant.co.uk
For more than a decade the highly acclaimed comedienne Jo Enright has crafted a completely unique style of stand-up comedy. As well as performing on television and radio, Jo also performs live theatre and has won several comedy awards including the Chortle Award for ‘The Best Female Circuit Comic’ and the ‘Best Female on the Jongleurs Comedy Circuit’ award.
Jo is also in demand as a character actress and appears as the lead female Beverley in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights, Cara in Lab Rats and Peter Kay’s Britain's Got The Pop Factor.
To find out more about Jo Enright, please visit www.joenright.com.
Dave Bilbrough is an award-winning songwriter, worship leader and author. With over three decades of experience, Dave’s compositions have been sung worldwide by Christians of all denominations. Well known songs include 'All Hail The Lamb', 'I Am A new Creation' and 'Abba Father'.
Dave's latest album 'Precious Grace' has been written for congregational use in Christian gatherings both large and small across the world. As well as leading UK celebrations, Dave's travels have taken him to the USA, various European and Scandinavian countries, Malaysia, India, Africa, Australia, Indonesia and the Middle East. Dave has appeared on national television and radio, and has also received two awards for his independently released TV programme and DVD 'This is My Worship Live and Acoustic'.
"I, along with my wife Pat, have sponsored a child with World Vision for eight years. To be able to contribute financially and pray fully to the young life of an individual in a needy situation with regular reports provided of their progress and education, continues to be a very rewarding experience. Being a World Vision artist provides me with the opportunity to communicate with the wider church family with a worshipful heart, making a difference to somebody’s world.” Dave Bilbrough.
Find out more about Dave’s work at www.davebilbrough.com
Jonathan Veira is so much more than just a wonderful bass-baritone with a voice like melted chocolate. His ability as a musical chameleon - singing songs of great diversity to an incredibly high standard – engages everyone.
He has established a hugely successful career on the international operatic stage for the last 30 years and has sung leading roles in over 25 international houses – including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival. Being a natural comedian it is no surprise that he specialises in comic roles.
Not just a great singer, Jonathan is an excellent all round musician and he accompanies himself with ease and skill on both piano and guitar. For the audiences that attend his remarkable and extraordinarily varied One Man Show - An Audience with Jonathan Veira – they say it is not just a concert, it feels more like time spent with a good friend.
Jonathan has recorded many CDs demonstrating his versatility and he has even written a book about his hapless exploits on stage and in life generally.
He was recently awarded an honorary Masters degree by Chichester University in 2014 and now regularly teaches singing there.
For more information, please visit www.jonathanveira.com
Pete is a full-time songwriter and worship leader, playing at conferences and festivals across the UK and abroad. He also works alongside his wife Nicola, facilitating Leadership Communities for churches across Europe. Pete and his family are on the south coast and are based at Kings Church Eastbourne. They were previously based at St Thomas’ Philadelphia, Sheffield, where he served as Worship Director for 8 years.
Pete and Nicola have a daughter Olivia and in his spare time, Pete enjoys all board sports and biking. Pete is signed to Elevation, and his latest album 'All Or Nothing', was released in March 2014.
For more information about Pete, please visit www.petejamesmusic.com
We are all designed and crafted by a God who loves the whole world. Diversity, variety and originality are integral to God's creativity and need to be nurtured and celebrated rather than eroded and suppressed. Irrespective of differing geographical locations, we all live under one sky and everyone should be valued and loved.
The inspirational collective Sound Of Wales and special guest Sue Rinaldi will be touring in partnership with international children’s charity World Vision for an exclusive 3 dates. Together they will be exploring themes of worship and justice through song and creative expression, encouraging our pursuit to bring heaven to earth.
For more information about Sound of Wales, please visit www.sow.elevationmusic.com
Straight No Chaser
If the phrase 'male a cappella group' conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses... think again.
Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fan base, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases.
Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense...and with a sense of humour. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.
For more information about Straight No Chaser and their performances, please visit www.sncmusic.com
Stuart Pendred is a successful opera singer, actor and the official voice of Chelsea Football Club.
Stuart’s debut solo album 'Benedizioni' was released in 2008 to great critical acclaim and was followed by his equally successful second album 'Agnus Dei'.
Stuart has toured in the UK, Europe and USA, including performances with Sting, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Il Divo, Lionel Ritchie and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall.
Stuart's theatre work includes productions of Les Misérables, The Pirates of Penzance and Wuthering Heights.
"I can't think of a better use of my voice than being able to help a child and their community by helping them obtain sponsorship through the work of World Vision. I want every child to have the same opportunities, love and support that I strive to give my own son." Stuart Pendred.
“When Pendred sings it is not just his voice, it’s like his soul is in charge...” Time Out, London.
For more information about Stuart and his performances, please visit www.stuartpendred.com
One Step Lantern
One Step Lantern is a collective of musicians, fronted by Oli Nicholls, a singer and songwriter from Birmingham. The vision of One Step Lantern is to be a vehicle for justice, both practically through sales, but also by affecting and changing people’s hearts through music, and moving them into action.
Taken from the story of the feeding of the 5,000, the idea behind the debut album name '5+2' is that, like the disciples, we should bring what we have as an offering; loaves, fish, money, ideas, time, initiative, skills and music, to be taken, broken, and used to meet the needs of others. Profits from '5+2' album sales help put that message of justice into action, through funding projects in the developing world. After publishing costs, profits from the album help support World Vision's work around the globe.
For more information about One Step Lantern, please visit onesteplantern.com
Hailed by Marcella Detroit as "A modern-day Marvin Gaye", Indie award winning artist Paul Ewing uses his unique voice, personal story and powerful music to promote the life-changing work of World Vision.
His album 'Retrospectives' has been produced and mastered by two times Grammy award-winners Kipper, who has also produced work for Sting, Stevie Wonder and Mary J Blige, and Cameron Craig, who has also produced work for Duffy, Robbie Williams and Amy Winehouse.
“I am so pleased that I can use my position as an artist to help and highlight the need for people to join together and support the work of World Vision. I hope that in some way I can provide a voice and a platform for those whose voice is not being heard. I believe that freedom is a voice.” Paul Ewing.
For more information about Paul's work, please visit ewing-music.com