Artist taking part in the 2017 Morecambe Gospel Bayfest include;
After her Eurovision success, Dana acted in movies as well as performing at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall and a week of sell-out shows at the London Palladium. Dana was voted Top Female Vocalist in 1979 and the BBC gave her two television shows of her own. After scoring an Irish number one with "Totus Tuus" in January 1980, the much larger American Christian market became an outlet for her music and Dana signed a recording contract with Word Records.
In 1997 and 2011 Dana became a candidate for the office of President of Ireland. In 1999 she won a seat in the European Parliament and in 2005 Dana returned to the world of entertainment when she spent time on the RTÉ television series The Afternoon Show. In 2009, Dana became a judge on “The All Ireland Talent Show” and in the summer of 2010, she participated in the Best of British Variety tour. In recent years Dana has been involved in sharing her Christian faith at concerts and on television throughout Ireland and America.
Alex Robb has been in Christian ministry for thirty years, but has just completed his first year as a solo artist. He began his ministry at the age of sixteen and has ministered to a number of different groups during that time. He is best known for being a tenor and lead vocalist with The Harvesters and spent a further two years singing with the Northern Ireland Continentals. He was also nominated for and won the award for 'Male Vocalist of the Year' at the 2014 Northern Ireland Gospel Music Awards.
Alex believes that sharing the Gospel in song is the ministry God has called him to and that every opportunity should be taken to tell people that they can come to know Jesus Christ. He finds it a joy to be able to lift His name high and to encourage fellow believers to rejoice in God's love and give thanks for setting them free.
Margaret lives in the village of Ballinamallard in County Fermanagh. She has been a committed Christian from the age of six and music has played a major role throughout her life. Margaret has performed at many venues throughout Ireland and in 2015 had the privilege to perform in Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Margaret loves to sing Country Gospel music and has recorded 4 albums of both favourites and original material.
The infectious rhythms of reggae music make Celia’s Gospel singing quite unique, and reflect the richness of a culture that has taken Gospel music to its heart.
Celia was born in Birmingham and started singing when she was very young. At the age of 9 she was the youngest member of her church choir and as a teenager she sang around the UK with numerous bands. In 2003 when she became an independent solo artist and recorded 2 very successful albums. In 2013, after battling with depression, she gave her life to Jesus Christ. Since what she calls her ”amazing day,” singing has remained important to Celia. In 2014 she released a reggae Gospel album titled “Anointed” and she is working on “Awesome,” a new Gospel album she hopes to release in 2017.
Paul is well known throughout the north of England as 'Yorkshire's Jim Reeves'. His relaxed style of singing has resulted in packed theatres all over Britain, including the world famous, London Paladium. Paul has frequently been featured on radio and television and he has used these opportunities to talk about his Christian faith. Although his secular songs have brought enjoyment to many thousands, Paul's heart lies in his ministry through Gospel music. Paul has a very busy schedule and is the organiser of the popular Whitby Gospel Music Convention, which takes place each May.
Live Issue's main line up comprises of Carl Sands, Colin Elliott, Roy Dreaning and Sam Armstrong. Although the group still plays at many events in Northern Ireland, they are also regularly found performing at concerts and conventions throughout the British Isles and Europe. It is clear when you watch and listen to Live Issue just how much the members of the group love their music, yet more importantly the band believes that the Gospel message behind the songs is the most important aspect of their concerts.
Kingdom Bound regularly sing at churches and concerts throughout Northern Ireland. The band is made up of Stephen Ellis, Matthew Farrell and Andrew Cornett. Kingdom Bound love to sing old hymns and choruses in a simple, stripped back way using just an acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies. They launched their debut album, "I saw the light" in May of 2015 and the boys have a real desire to go out and minister in song in the hope that their ministry can bring others to know a real and personal relationship with our Lord and Saviour.
Farming in the beautiful Forest of Bowland area of Lancashire, the Ayrton family have always had a love of Gospel music. They farm the highest fell in Lancashire, and this high ground around the borders of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria is known as the 'Bible Belt' of England. A comparison immediately comes to mind with the other 'Bible Belt' in the Blue Ridge Mountains with its many Country Music family groups. Robert and Raymond Ayrton are joined by other family members to make up this popular local Gospel group.
This Choir takes contemporary Gospel music to another level with its unique blend of voices and harmonies. The inspired leadership of Musical Direct Tyndale Thomas MBE, combined with over 15 years performance experience has produced a stunning sound and versatile choral ensemble. Their performances are guaranteed to be fun, lively, joyful, uplifting and most importantly interactive. The audience is in for a magical performance.
One Voice Community Choir was one of only six choirs from the whole of the UK to reach the final of BBC’s Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year 2013 competition. The competition judges included Ruby Turner who acclaimed the choir as “fantastic, super, dynamic” and Carrie Grant who said “This is the choir I most want to join!”
Roger is the speaker during the Morecambe Gospel Bayfest weekend. He was born and brought up in Horsforth outside Leeds and lives there to this day. He is married to Dorothy, and they have four children and six grandsons. His mother was Armenian; his father was a Yorkshireman.
Roger found faith in Christ at the age of 15 in the Lebanon, when an uncle – after a game of tennis – clearly explained the Christian message to him. Following university, Roger was a teacher for several years, before embarking as a full-time evangelist. Travelling largely in the UK, he speaks at universities and churches. Strongly supportive of Christian literature, he has also written numerous pamphlets, and a number of books, including such titles as ‘And some Evangelists,’ ‘Things God Wants you to Know,’ and ‘Where is God in a messed-up World?’