Christian music in Suffolk: Cherise Phillips, Singer-Songwriter
Keith Sadler a singer-songwriter from Suffolk writes: "In this months blog I’ll be continuing my look at some of the fantastic music being made by Christian artists in our area."
Photo Keith Sadler (above) and 'Saviour Life' album cover (below right) by kind permission
In this months blog I’ll be continuing my look at some of the fantastic music being made by Christian artists in our area. As I’ve said before (and I’ll say again, many times) there is so much great music being made in Suffolk at the moment. So I really encourage you to get out and experience it. I think we’re living through a very exciting time, with an explosion of musical talent emerging in our beautiful county. Don't miss out! (As an aside - The Grapevine Magazine is a great place to start if you’re looking for local music that fits your taste)
What is also wonderful to see is that much of this brilliant music is being made by Christians. One such writer and performer is Cherise Phillips.
I can still vividly remember the first time I saw Cherise perform. It was at the friendly and vibrant open mic night at The Grinning Rat in Ipswich. It was one of those evenings where each and every act who got up to perform was great. However even amongst such a strong crowd of performers Cherise really stood out to me. With a strong clear and soulful voice, it always feels like Cherise is singing straight from her heart. That is also the strategy Cherise takes when writing too, as she said in a recent post on her Facebook page, she loves to write, enjoying “That feeling when you put pen to paper & release the feelings straight from your heart & soul”.
In releasing her music straight from her heart and soul her Christian faith shines through. Like myself, Cherise doesn't define herself as a ‘Christian Singer-Songwriter’ but rather as a Singer -Songwriter who happens to be a Christian. As she explained to me, “My music doesn't always fit the 'Christian' genre but it's all inspired by my life as a Christian & experiences faced”.
Honest and open songwriting, with a voice that resonates with the soul. I love it! Looking forward to seeing what Cherise has in store for us in the future.
You can connect with Cherise’s music:
-On Facebook at: www.facebook.com/CherisePhillipsMusic
-On SoundCloud at: https://soundcloud.com/officialcherise
-And on Twitter at: @Official_cherise
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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