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Sandra Godley

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MAGAZINIOUS Nov Dec 2010 1

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The Voice Meet Sandra Godley International Award Winning Gospel Singer Introduction ON THE COVER SANDRA GODLEY C C INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNING ARTIST Editor in Chief Karin McBride Chenoweth Editors David Chenoweth Digital Design Consultants Lianne UK 901 N Brustcher Street NEWBERG OR 97132 USA Publishing 3 in 1 Publishing Anyone who knows about Coventry UK knows of its global influence in the area of peace and reconciliation For 3 years Sandra Godley worked and performed at Coventry Cathedral and it was during that time she worked for Justin Welby who has since gone on to achieve a meteoric rise to become the Head of the Church of England as The Archbishop Canterbury Her first gospel album was recorded in 2005 and by the end of 2012 Sandra had signed to global label C C Music Group and recorded her third album Miracle in 2013 in Nashville TN This has gone on to become a landmark album gaining rave reviews and nominations globally the most recent of which is the up and coming GMA Gospel Music Awards in Italy in July 2014 A MOBO nominee for Best Gospel Act Sandra s Velvet tones sooth both the spirit and the soul Sandra is a true original with a powerful voice always creative and sensitive inspired and imaginative bringing God just that little bit closer to us Karin McBride Chenoweth Reproduced by 3 in 1 Publishing with kind permission of S GODLEY 2014 Ms Godley appears kind permission of C C Music Group Pictured above Sandra Godley International Recording Star Management C Music Group Nashville TN Albums to date MIRACLE 2013 C C Music Group ONE THING 2008 S Godley SWEET SURRENDER 2002 S Godley 3 in 1 THE VOICE 2014 The views contained in 3 in 1 THE OICE E zine are the personal views of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views and or beliefs of 3 in 1 Publishign or any of its members or staff We may provide links to other s es The E zine is provided asis and to the extent permitted by law 3

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The Voice Meet Sandra Godley International Award Winning Gospel Singer Introduction ON THE COVER SANDRA GODLEY C C INTERNATIONAL AWARD WINNING ARTIST Editor in Chief Karin McBride Chenoweth Editors David Chenoweth Digital Design Consultants Lianne UK 901 N Brustcher Street NEWBERG OR 97132 USA Publishing 3 in 1 Publishing Anyone who knows about Coventry UK knows of its global influence in the area of peace and reconciliation For 3 years Sandra Godley worked and performed at Coventry Cathedral and it was during that time she worked for Justin Welby who has since gone on to achieve a meteoric rise to become the Head of the Church of England as The Archbishop Canterbury Her first gospel album was recorded in 2005 and by the end of 2012 Sandra had signed to global label C C Music Group and recorded her third album Miracle in 2013 in Nashville TN This has gone on to become a landmark album gaining rave reviews and nominations globally the most recent of which is the up and coming GMA Gospel Music Awards in Italy in July 2014 A MOBO nominee for Best Gospel Act Sandra s Velvet tones sooth both the spirit and the soul Sandra is a true original with a powerful voice always creative and sensitive inspired and imaginative bringing God just that little bit closer to us Karin McBride Chenoweth Reproduced by 3 in 1 Publishing with kind permission of S GODLEY 2014 Ms Godley appears kind permission of C C Music Group Pictured above Sandra Godley International Recording Star Management C Music Group Nashville TN Albums to date MIRACLE 2013 C C Music Group ONE THING 2008 S Godley SWEET SURRENDER 2002 S Godley 3 in 1 THE VOICE 2014 The views contained in 3 in 1 THE OICE E zine are the personal views of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views and or beliefs of 3 in 1 Publishign or any of its members or staff We may provide links to other s es The E zine is provided asis and to the extent permitted by law 3

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Biography Born in Bristol UK of Jamaican parents Sandra grew up listening to the likes of Aretha Franklin Amy Grant Jessy Dixon Andrae Crouch and Anita Baker Her earliest memories of singing and song writing were when she was 12 years old performing at many conferences festivals and fronting 2 bands Sandra came out of these experiences stronger and prepared for her own solo career Her classy refined vocals have been compared to Des ree Anita Baker and Sade In Sandra Godley we see the embodiment of all the things in a diva we hold dear Beautiful yet somehow humble Sandra Godley is so wonderfully talented that she has evolved from being just a singer songwriter to being a stylish multi genre songstress Easily adapting to all of contemporary black music s offerings Godley has performed funk disco house soul and R B effortlessly By herself Sandra Godley has evolved from the embodiment of the dance diva to an elegant songstress Always creative and spontaneous Godley s use of power house vocals in conjunction with the ability of holding an audience spellbound as she solos with an acoustic guitar has taken black music to higher levels Sandra has performed on many television and radio networks including BBC Sky and God TV With 3 largely self penned albums already under her belt Sandra s passion as a singer songwriter gifted communicator and entertainer is contagious to anyone who meets her Background In 2005 her decision to mark her birthday by recording her first debut album Sweet Surrender can only best be described as truly remarkable especially as it stands out for its refreshingly creative and honest approach Sweet Surrender demonstrates a variety of influences showcasing the depth and flexibility of her abilities to include 11 tracks with a variety of styles including a twist of R B disco church and soul where she undoubtedly brings her signature energetic powerhouse vocals with an abundance of love and encouragement Looking back I m just amazed at how this album came together during one of the most devastating times of my life My father passed away during the making of my album and I can honestly say that it was God s grace that saw me through However a great reward was only just around the corner Off the back of this album she received the prestigious 2005 UK GEM Gospel Entertainment Award for Best Female Newcomer I was completely amazed and honoured to receive this reward after such a traumatic time I hope I can be an inspiration to others to go for their dreams More success was to follow as Sandra went on to support the King of Gospel the late Jessy Dixon twice on 2 UK wide tours I grew up listening to Jessy his music changed my life It was an unforgettable experience working with him He was and still is a legend and will always be one of my all time heroes Dubbed a Gospel Diva by Cross Rhythms Magazine Sandra sings with an unapologetic passion and enthusiasm which the youngest of singers can only dream about Her second album One thing EP released in August 2008 reveals a more reflective side of her music and has caused quite a stir She says One Thing was my Selah pause for thought album I wanted to take a little time out to write 4 very inspirational songs of hope I wanted to write these songs straight from the heart so I got my guitar out and just let my spirit fly I have had so many people say how these songs have helped them overcome their fears and re kindled a strong sense of hope and a deeper love for God The song I sought the Lord is testament to the lament call of my heart at that time in my life I was so desperate for God to answer some very specific needs in my life and he did in his time and in his way There s a God shaped hole of hope in all us We just need to find it pause for a moment and invite him to fill it 5

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Biography Born in Bristol UK of Jamaican parents Sandra grew up listening to the likes of Aretha Franklin Amy Grant Jessy Dixon Andrae Crouch and Anita Baker Her earliest memories of singing and song writing were when she was 12 years old performing at many conferences festivals and fronting 2 bands Sandra came out of these experiences stronger and prepared for her own solo career Her classy refined vocals have been compared to Des ree Anita Baker and Sade In Sandra Godley we see the embodiment of all the things in a diva we hold dear Beautiful yet somehow humble Sandra Godley is so wonderfully talented that she has evolved from being just a singer songwriter to being a stylish multi genre songstress Easily adapting to all of contemporary black music s offerings Godley has performed funk disco house soul and R B effortlessly By herself Sandra Godley has evolved from the embodiment of the dance diva to an elegant songstress Always creative and spontaneous Godley s use of power house vocals in conjunction with the ability of holding an audience spellbound as she solos with an acoustic guitar has taken black music to higher levels Sandra has performed on many television and radio networks including BBC Sky and God TV With 3 largely self penned albums already under her belt Sandra s passion as a singer songwriter gifted communicator and entertainer is contagious to anyone who meets her Background In 2005 her decision to mark her birthday by recording her first debut album Sweet Surrender can only best be described as truly remarkable especially as it stands out for its refreshingly creative and honest approach Sweet Surrender demonstrates a variety of influences showcasing the depth and flexibility of her abilities to include 11 tracks with a variety of styles including a twist of R B disco church and soul where she undoubtedly brings her signature energetic powerhouse vocals with an abundance of love and encouragement Looking back I m just amazed at how this album came together during one of the most devastating times of my life My father passed away during the making of my album and I can honestly say that it was God s grace that saw me through However a great reward was only just around the corner Off the back of this album she received the prestigious 2005 UK GEM Gospel Entertainment Award for Best Female Newcomer I was completely amazed and honoured to receive this reward after such a traumatic time I hope I can be an inspiration to others to go for their dreams More success was to follow as Sandra went on to support the King of Gospel the late Jessy Dixon twice on 2 UK wide tours I grew up listening to Jessy his music changed my life It was an unforgettable experience working with him He was and still is a legend and will always be one of my all time heroes Dubbed a Gospel Diva by Cross Rhythms Magazine Sandra sings with an unapologetic passion and enthusiasm which the youngest of singers can only dream about Her second album One thing EP released in August 2008 reveals a more reflective side of her music and has caused quite a stir She says One Thing was my Selah pause for thought album I wanted to take a little time out to write 4 very inspirational songs of hope I wanted to write these songs straight from the heart so I got my guitar out and just let my spirit fly I have had so many people say how these songs have helped them overcome their fears and re kindled a strong sense of hope and a deeper love for God The song I sought the Lord is testament to the lament call of my heart at that time in my life I was so desperate for God to answer some very specific needs in my life and he did in his time and in his way There s a God shaped hole of hope in all us We just need to find it pause for a moment and invite him to fill it 5

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Interview Sandra Godley 1 How did you come to know the Lord Jesus as your savior Sandra I became a christian in 1977 at the age of 13 at a christian youth camp in Wales UK I had always been brought up to go to church However I remember one day at a youth camp hearing someone saying you can know all about God but not actually know God at all That really resonated with me and later on that night I had my first attempt at praying I said God if you re really there please prove it to me Nothing seemed to feel different I think I was expecting a fanfare of angels to come out of my wardrobe door but nothing happened so I went to bed a little disappointed However when I woke up the following morning I felt completely different really free I knew something had happened and I just couldn t stop smiling 2 I believe that all of us would love to sing I know I would How did you first know you could really sing People kept telling me I could sing from about the age of 13 yrs That inspired me to learn to play guitar and from there I started to write my own songs 3 Did you have any singing lessons and would you encourage people to have them Yes I did and I would most certainly recommend anyone serious about singing take lessons My singing teacher was an opera singer She was amazing and taught me breathing and warm up techniques that I practise to this day She use to record our lessons which meant I could listen and practise when I got home We would also practise specific pieces of music for performances I was due to perform I must point out though it was only due to a close friend saying to me Sandra you may have a beautiful voice but in order to keep it that way you need lessons Sobering words Singing lessons can be quite expensive and I would always recommend that you get professional training but there s plenty of general information you can get get from the internet 4 You write your own songs I am firstly curious as to how you get what is in your heart and your head down on paper and then I am in awe and have to ask the question how you combine that with amazing music and translate that into the amazing voice of Sandra Godley as a performer relaying all what God spoke to you Tell me how it works being a Christian writer composer to performer Usually the tune music comes first and that could come by me playing my guitar or using a music software like a Logic However I also carry a recorder with me wherever I go so I can instantly record anything that comes to mind Often something will come to me during the night maybe a set of words or a tune so I always have my phone next to my bed to record it right away I regularly write poetry or inspirational quotes It means I always have a ready bank of words to pull from when needed When it comes it putting all that together I draft the song then pass it to my Producer Jonathan Goodwin who develops the song further By the time we hit the studio the song structure etc is just about there but there s still time to refine readjust the song with live musicians I liken it to making a recipe for a new cake you just keep adding taking away ingredients until it s perfect 5 How important is prayer in your walk with God and in the genre of Gospel Music Prayer is vitally important Personal prayers as well as praying with others keeps me grounded and connected 6 Is each album like listening to what God has done in your life but you can replay it over and over For instance when you hear a song can you remember writing it and when you listen to it does it remind how God spoke to you then Yes this is definitely true My first album Sweet Surrender was an expression of all of me so on the album there is balance of R B gospel worship etc But it s the album that cost me the most emotionally as during the making of this album I lost my father to cancer as well as the original producer of the album a good friend of mine who died tragically in a car accident My second album One Thing was an EP of worship songs I call it my Selah moment or pause for reflection My latest album Miracle recorded with C C Music Group is testament that God still does miracles

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Interview Sandra Godley 1 How did you come to know the Lord Jesus as your savior Sandra I became a christian in 1977 at the age of 13 at a christian youth camp in Wales UK I had always been brought up to go to church However I remember one day at a youth camp hearing someone saying you can know all about God but not actually know God at all That really resonated with me and later on that night I had my first attempt at praying I said God if you re really there please prove it to me Nothing seemed to feel different I think I was expecting a fanfare of angels to come out of my wardrobe door but nothing happened so I went to bed a little disappointed However when I woke up the following morning I felt completely different really free I knew something had happened and I just couldn t stop smiling 2 I believe that all of us would love to sing I know I would How did you first know you could really sing People kept telling me I could sing from about the age of 13 yrs That inspired me to learn to play guitar and from there I started to write my own songs 3 Did you have any singing lessons and would you encourage people to have them Yes I did and I would most certainly recommend anyone serious about singing take lessons My singing teacher was an opera singer She was amazing and taught me breathing and warm up techniques that I practise to this day She use to record our lessons which meant I could listen and practise when I got home We would also practise specific pieces of music for performances I was due to perform I must point out though it was only due to a close friend saying to me Sandra you may have a beautiful voice but in order to keep it that way you need lessons Sobering words Singing lessons can be quite expensive and I would always recommend that you get professional training but there s plenty of general information you can get get from the internet 4 You write your own songs I am firstly curious as to how you get what is in your heart and your head down on paper and then I am in awe and have to ask the question how you combine that with amazing music and translate that into the amazing voice of Sandra Godley as a performer relaying all what God spoke to you Tell me how it works being a Christian writer composer to performer Usually the tune music comes first and that could come by me playing my guitar or using a music software like a Logic However I also carry a recorder with me wherever I go so I can instantly record anything that comes to mind Often something will come to me during the night maybe a set of words or a tune so I always have my phone next to my bed to record it right away I regularly write poetry or inspirational quotes It means I always have a ready bank of words to pull from when needed When it comes it putting all that together I draft the song then pass it to my Producer Jonathan Goodwin who develops the song further By the time we hit the studio the song structure etc is just about there but there s still time to refine readjust the song with live musicians I liken it to making a recipe for a new cake you just keep adding taking away ingredients until it s perfect 5 How important is prayer in your walk with God and in the genre of Gospel Music Prayer is vitally important Personal prayers as well as praying with others keeps me grounded and connected 6 Is each album like listening to what God has done in your life but you can replay it over and over For instance when you hear a song can you remember writing it and when you listen to it does it remind how God spoke to you then Yes this is definitely true My first album Sweet Surrender was an expression of all of me so on the album there is balance of R B gospel worship etc But it s the album that cost me the most emotionally as during the making of this album I lost my father to cancer as well as the original producer of the album a good friend of mine who died tragically in a car accident My second album One Thing was an EP of worship songs I call it my Selah moment or pause for reflection My latest album Miracle recorded with C C Music Group is testament that God still does miracles

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Album Review Sandra Godley Miracle C C Music Group Review by 3 in 1 Walking in the Light Ministries int Genre Gospel Format CD In her latest internationally acclaimed offering Sandra Godley gives consistent performance after performance of vocal excellence to bring us an album straight from the heart to the heart It is safe to say that this is indeed one of the best British accomplishments in Gospel music for a very long time From the opening track The Big Song to the last track the moving Give myself Away you are taken on a soulful and joyful journey of hope and reconciliation By track 5 the album takes the listener on a different contemporary feel and you are enriched by the beautfiul Beloved and Innocence However traditionalist will also welcome Amazing Grace with an upbeat tempo and the touching Hide Me in your Presence You will find yourself replaying these time and time again and allowing yourself to be immersed in His presence The album itself is beautifully put together and produced the choice of songs highlighting perfectly the amazing tones of Sandra Godley It is not surprising this album has gained International recognition nominated for a MOBO Album of the Year award in 2013 and more recently Sandra has been nominated for various categories at the prestigious up and coming GMA awards in Italy in July For me despite all the fame this album reminds us of what it is all about the message remains the same and artists like Sandra Godley enable us as listeners to marvel at God s greatness Karin McBride Chenoweth

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Album Review Sandra Godley Miracle C C Music Group Review by 3 in 1 Walking in the Light Ministries int Genre Gospel Format CD In her latest internationally acclaimed offering Sandra Godley gives consistent performance after performance of vocal excellence to bring us an album straight from the heart to the heart It is safe to say that this is indeed one of the best British accomplishments in Gospel music for a very long time From the opening track The Big Song to the last track the moving Give myself Away you are taken on a soulful and joyful journey of hope and reconciliation By track 5 the album takes the listener on a different contemporary feel and you are enriched by the beautfiul Beloved and Innocence However traditionalist will also welcome Amazing Grace with an upbeat tempo and the touching Hide Me in your Presence You will find yourself replaying these time and time again and allowing yourself to be immersed in His presence The album itself is beautifully put together and produced the choice of songs highlighting perfectly the amazing tones of Sandra Godley It is not surprising this album has gained International recognition nominated for a MOBO Album of the Year award in 2013 and more recently Sandra has been nominated for various categories at the prestigious up and coming GMA awards in Italy in July For me despite all the fame this album reminds us of what it is all about the message remains the same and artists like Sandra Godley enable us as listeners to marvel at God s greatness Karin McBride Chenoweth

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C C Music Group Management Associates Nashville TN WWW CANDCMUSICGROUP COM Tel 1 859 398 5994 jon candcmusicgroup com