King's Lynn worship leader releases album
A worship leader from King's Lynn has just released his debut album featuring twelve new worship songs, reports Jenny Seal.
Andy King (32), a worship leader from The Gateway Church in King's Lynn, has released his debut album, ‘Establishing My Heart’, featuring twelve self-composed worship songs.
Andy, who describes his style of music as “accessible indie/folk/alternative”, has been writing songs and leading worship since he was 17. The release of the album marks the realisation of a personal goal that he has carried for years. He finished recording the CD in February this year and with its release he is looking forward to a wider audience hearing his music.
Andy King said: “My heart is that people would enjoy listening to it and that it will bless their relationship with God. I’ve tried to write in a way that is God-centred so that people can think of God while listening.
“Some of the songs lend themselves really well to being used in church. There are seven or eight tracks I use on a regular basis when leading worship.”
Samples of the twelve songs can be heard on a new website www.establishingmyheart.com
where chord sheets can be downloaded and the CD purchased for £9.00 including postage and packing.
In his day job, Andy works as a debt / money advisor for a local charity. He is married to Jenny who also sings on the album and has a daughter with another baby on the way. He recorded the album at home in the evenings.
The project started with the idea of recording the songs as a collection of demos to circulate to other worship leaders to give them the opportunity to use his songs. But as he started recording Andy felt driven to refine the sound and create an album that “people can sit down and enjoy listening to.”
He said: “I hope it sounds fresh and I hope it sounds different to a lot of other worship albums. I had a splurge of song writing at the end of 2010/beginning of 2011 when I wrote a few of the songs on the album and I thought now is the time. If I don’t do it now I don’t think I’ll ever get to do it so I took the plunge.”
Andy notes that the theme of God’s grace runs through a lot of his songs and pinpoints the track ‘Like Treasure’ as one that he is particularly pleased with.
“My wife Jenny sings on the song which is based on the old song ‘As the deer pants for the water so my soul longs after you.’ It is a beautiful song and I wanted to write something with a similar sort of theme but a bit more modern.
"I wrote it last February as I was going through a tough time. You know that feeling in February when you are longing for spring to come? I wrote the song as a metaphor around that - that sense of wanting to be in a situation when you are longing for a breakthrough and longing for things to change”.
Andy is now celebrating the breakthrough of having produced his first album. “I’m just glad that I’ve done it. It has been quite a long journey getting it to that stage. I just want to get it out there and see what people think and give people the chance to hear the songs.”