Christian music in Suffolk: Finny Music Ministry
Since I started sharing my music around Suffolk in 2013 I have been truly blown away by all of the fantastic musical talent we have in our area.
We are fortunate enough to live in a part of the world that is not only beautiful to look at but also produces some phenomenal music. If you ever get the chance I encourage you to go out and experience some of it. We are living in a time where local music is thriving and developing in exciting dynamic ways. Go and be a part of it. Hopefully this blog will give you some ideas where to start.
I perform mostly in the ‘secular’ music world and I write about my experiences with Suffolk’s music scene on my website at www.keithsadlermusic.com but the purpose of this blog will be to share specifically about the ways in which God is using Christian musicians in our area. Personally I believe that all good music is a gift from God, but for the sake of simplicity I’ll stick to writing about artists who are setting out to reflect their Christian faith overtly in their music.
One such artist is John ‘Finny’ Finlinson who takes his powerful songs of God’s hope and restoration into the darkest places in our society. He is the first local Christian artist I’d like to share about.
From Finny’s website: “Finny was sent to prison at the age of 12 years old and given a total of 11 years to serve throughout his life of crime before finding Christ at 19. He is a talented singer/songwriter and uses his music to carry the message of the hope that is in Christ to those who do not yet know. The band FinnyMusic led by Finny go to prisons and give concerts, lead services, share testimonies and give out “Freedom Packs”. These packs contain practical information and useful contacts as well as copies of the FinnyMusic CD and various testimonial books. Outside of prison FinnyMusic hold fundraising concerts to support this ministry”
I asked Finny how he would describe his music ministry and he said “I suppose there's two ways to sum up our music which we write, produce and record ourselves: 1) I try to unwrap the amazing mysteries of God and 2) we aim it towards dark places i.e. prisons and street where we gig as people who need to hear about God get Him”
I can’t think of a clearer example of how God uses His tremendous gift of music through us to transform lives. Lives are changed forever and communities are impacted when people like Finny allow God’s love to flow through them and their music into the places it is most needed.
If you’d like to know more about Finny’s music ministry, you can connect with him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/finnymusicministry and you can check out his website at http://finnymusic.co.uk
Keith Sadler is a singer-songwriter who lives deep in the beautiful Suffolk countryside with his wife Anna. He was born and raised in Ipswich where he became a Christian aged 18, having been brought up in an Atheist/Agnostic household. He is a regular on the local music scene here in Suffolk as well as performing shows around the UK and beyond.
He believes in open and honest songwriting and therefore often speaks about his Christian faith in his songs, even incorporating Worship songs into his sets.
Keith also writes songs for Worship and authored 'Holy (Isaiah 6)' which has been sung in Churches around the world.
Keith and Anna attend West Suffolk Vineyard Church in Bury St Edmunds.
For more information about Keith and his music visit: www.keithsadlermusic.com
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