Seth Pinnock & A New Thing Release Their Incredibly Eclectic Sophomore Album Full of Infectious Joy!
Personally, I don’t often listen to “christian worship music” outside of communal singing at events. I don’t think this makes me any worse a christian. In the same way, I don’t think listening primarily to “christian worship music” makes you a better Christian.
However, it’s hard to discount the many men and women who claim it helps them immensely. I’m grateful it’s a positive experience for them and I’m hoping that we can sit down and chat to some people about what they get out of it soon. But, for me, it’s just not the sort of music I find compelling listening. Especially considering how much of the “christian worship music” available is literally a decade, or more, behind current music trends.
Yet when I first heard Seth Pinnock & A New Thing lead worship music at The Justice Conference, in London 2018, I immediately saw the appeal. They mix such a wide range of styles and influences together that it feels very different than anything you would expect from “christian worship music” — it’s surprisingly fresh. And their recently released sophomore album, Seth Pinnock And A New Thing LIVE delivers in the same way, only everything is turned up to 11!
In fact, Seth says, “This record is more than an album to me, it’s a statement. Everything we’ve got has gone into this, the times we are living in calls for timeless music. The songs and sounds come from our story from Windrush to Classical, Funk, Jazz, Acoustic, R&B, Rock and Electric – there’s something for everybody. The album is a river in the desert, the worship captured on that night not only refreshes, it washes over you. I’m so excited to share it with you, it’s the secret sauce!”
The album is a hefty 17 tracks long which were, “recorded in Birmingham, edited in London, mixed in Nashville, and mastered in Capetown, South Africa, and has already been named ‘Album of the Year’ by gospel enthusiasts.” For most people the scale and scope of such a project might prove to be too daunting an undertaking. Seth Pinnock, however, is not your average fellow.
As a university student, “Each year, Seth would use his student loan and money he’d raised bag packing in local supermarkets to platform dynamic and diverse creatives, with leading teachers and speakers. All with the intent to empower people to reach their best.
With thousands of annual delegates and 300 volunteers, the ministry he founded with a bunch of mates now hosts events designed for women, men, leadership and prayer as well as boasting its own community choir, dance ensemble and orchestra. Through partnerships, his charity ‘Symphony Co’ serves the homeless locally and provides free extra national curricular tuition to inner city youth.
Now at 31 years old, architecture graduate, public speaker, singer and songwriter, Seth Pinnock has…launched his own clothing line, record label, and design firm, and has served as a consultant for many organisations.
All of which goes to say that Seth is a particularly gifted and driven individual who doesn’t shy away from ambitious projects or outlandish plans so long as he believes in the purpose of the work laid out before him. In regards to why he’s so heavily committed to projects, Seth says, “It’s the pain of my past that fuels me. I had a lot of challenges when I was younger, struggled with depression, anxiety and rejection mainly because of the trauma I experienced in my teens which was so dark and so difficult. I felt my life had no purpose, but faith pulled me through. I feel my mantra now is to build platforms and create spaces for people to become all that God has called them to be. It’s a big blessing that I get to do this through what I love – music, ministry and mission.”
So whether you’re like me and rarely listen to “christian worship music” or you’re more like my wife and regularly listen to it, I’d challenge you to give Seth Pinnock And A New Thing LIVE a listen. It feels very much like a passionate love letter written by the black church to the black church; full of the undeniably infectious joy of artists that love everything about what they’re making. So who knows, you might just find that you like this new thing!
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