few words from us...
About the beginning...
We met at church, Moseley Road Methodist in Birmingham.
Sam came to the church some years ago to help us out with the youth
project and from there he started playing the Piano. I suppose the
turning point was a concert held in 1997 when we all sang together,
now we sing not only at our home church but also get invited to
sing at other churches and special occasions".
About Our Name
"Well, Carol would say our choice of name
was down to a spur of the moment choice. But I think we'd all agree
that the name has come to represent two important elements of our
identity that, through music, we are able to bring together. Our
"soul" expressing our cultural and historical experiences
and our "spirit" representing our faith and the
holy spirit who works within us".
About Our Singing
"We all love singing and find it easy to express
ourselves through our love of music, it gives us great joy and fulfillment.
And we miss it when we're not able to do it. When we sing it is
as if we are worshipping God with our whole being. It's a great
privilege and opportunity to be able to make both of our CD's and
share in our worship with you".
About Musical Worship
"For the group, singing is almost like another
form of preaching. Music has a way of enabling people to relate
to a message in a way that preaching may not. This is especially
the case for younger people. We love to sing and often feel more
confident singing about our faith than talking. Music has always
been so important to us as African Caribbean people. We always expressed
ourselves and our spirituality through music, particularly the voice,
and in a way we are just part of an ongoing tradition. But
there's more to it than that; the Bible makes constant references
to"singing songs unto God", or to others about God. The
book of psalms is basically a hymnbook containing songs of the most
beautiful and personal reflections, supplications and exultations
to God. Music has the unique ability to reach out to people
and draw them into the very presence of God. And we've found God
speaking to us through other people's songs on many different occasions
and in different circumstances. However we don't see that we have
chosen to use music as a vehicle for our faith, rather we believe
God has given us the gifts in music so that he may use us as a medium
for his word"
About Our Inspiration
"It all depends on what is happening in our
lives at the time and it sounds very clichéd, but, again,
we can only relate the music and songs we write to being inspired
by God. Sometimes you can wake up with a melody in your head
and the words will come later. A lot of the time it just comes together
- like it's a gift from God. Often, when you look back on a song,
it's difficult to tell where the words have come from. It just somehow
came together. We like to incorporate aspects of our own spiritual
journey and experience into songs, or rather the spiritual journey,
because there are certain mile stones that we all come across, for
example the song "Mercy for Me" - expresses very simply,
the point of the realisation that God's love and mercy can cover
our sins, as well as everyone else's and, even though we mess up
at times, through Jesus Christ, there is still hope".
About Our Faith
"Our faith means a great deal to all of us,
so much so that without it, it would've been difficult coping with
some of the more difficult times in our lives. Faith represents
a relationship with God, but further more it represents "Hope". We
live in hope, through the message of Christ, that one day, despite
our inadequacies and our failings, by faith we'll be acceptable
to God and be at peace with him and he with us. In the meantime
it's our responsibility to tell others about our faith and why we
live in hope. But then it's not something to be talked about to
be honest, it's just something I think we all feel and something
we communicate in our songs".
Soul and Spirit are available for Seminars, workshops,
weddings and other occasions. If you would like some more information
as to how to book us please send us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call us at 0121 256 1310.