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With a renewed passion and excitement for worship, Martin Smith (Delirious ex-lead singer) launches his solo career with ‘God’s Great Dance Floor’. Hear the fresh creative spark and soak in the devotionally rich lyrics.
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Martin Smith former Delirious front man blazes a trail yet again in Christian Worship with his CD 'God's Great Dance Floor'. Bringing us 10 new tracks featuring an up-to-date worship sound, this CD starts a new era in what continues to be an awe inspiring career of service to the worldwide church.
Featuring the former Delirious lead singer’s first ever solo EP as the title track, Martin Smith’s ‘God’s Great Dance Floor’ has all the strong drums, top-line guitar work and upward focused worship lyrics expected from a passionate musician able to reach upward and inward. Igniting the creative spark that sets his output apart this is an album of reflection and rediscovery.
Over the past year, Martin Smith has led worship events around the world including the US, New Zealand, Singapore, Argentina and Colombia but remains rooted in his local church. With fresh new sounds from around the world, and the experience of his two-decade career with the genre-defining band Delirious, this new album enthuses the Church onto its feet once again and feel alive on God’s great dance floor.
God's Great Dance Floor CD by Martin Smith was published by Kingsway in April 2013 and is our 9201st best seller. The ISBN for God's Great Dance Floor CD is 000768519028.
Preview God's Great Dance Floor
Posted: Thursday, March 7th
“A big part of the story is: OK I let this big thing go called Delirious, but I really enjoyed making music again. We recorded it at the end of the house; got some guys from the local church involved and it was that moment: “Wow I’m going to put some music out and everyone’s going to hear this… There’s definitely more fragility, more vulnerability – I think you can hear that.
“I think they’ve come out of a period of transitions: ‘OK God what are we going to do?’ You know, when you read about king David dancing through the streets… We don’t really do that any more. I think the church has forgotten how to dance; but I think there’s an element we have to discover again…
“That really is worship isn’t it? It’s the community coming together – and we’re going to tell God how wonderful he is with everything we’ve got. And people down the street are going to hear this and they’re going to come in and think: ‘I never knew God was alive!’
“I think one person on their own can do great things; but a generation can do extraordinary things… We can’t keep doing church within the walls, we have to bust it down; we got to break it down. This thing should have no walls, no boundaries.
“I was really inspired through this whole time by the story of the prodigal and just amazed again how he blew it - he just runs off and spends all of his dad’s money. If that happened to me would I be so welcoming? It doesn’t matter what ever you’ve done Right now you’re just standing with me – You’re my kid and I love.
“And that is what God is like with us; he loves us: ‘you’re my kid and I love you.’ It doesn’t matter what we’ve done. And that’s the message of god’s great dance floor – anyone is invited.”
"Martin Smith has managed to capture some of that creative spark that kept Delirious apart from other bands, whilst still setting in place a new journey that he hopes fans will follow him on. This first 'movement', as he has called it, certainly looks like the start of something exciting." - Dave Wood (for Louderthanthemusic)
"I actually think he's struck a good balance of the new with the familiar and with worship music beginning to embrace loops and synths more and more, it may well turn out to be a little gem of an experiment." Josh Smith
'God's Great Dance Floor - Step 01' is a 10 track collection of songs originally as Martin Smith’s first two solo EPs, plus another two previously unreleased songs.
The first song 'Awake My Soul' includes the sound of a glockenspiel replacing the into usually given to other instruments followed by what is in effect a melody-set rap. "Awake my soul be lifted up, be lifted up." Forms the words of the chorus with input from Chris Tomlin, which gets more pace on it as the song progresses.
'Fire Never Sleeps' kicks of with drums and guitars and is familiar to anyone who has Martin’s Jesus Culture in New York album. You might pick up the U2 sound that Delirious also picked up over the years singing out with passion: "Burn oh my soul, set me on fire." Though the tempo changes with the linking, "Purify my heart... Spirit fall on us," turning into a guitar and drum instrumental session.
'Back To The Start' starts out in a simple electronic ballad style: "I'm coming home, back to the start where you found me - I give you my heart again," before lifting off as the song transforms into rapid drums and crashing cymbals, guitar riffs and passionate vocals.
'Waiting Here For You' and the tracks that follow have quieter profile as Martin singing gently to the soft backing track. 'You Carry Me' is a simple low key ballade and 'Safe In Your Arms' is just Martin accompanied an acoustic guitar in gentle, heartfelt and building personal prayer.
One of the new songs, 'Jesus Of Nazareth', is in the country mood, with a clap style, rebel yelps, rhythm, strummed guitar and gang vocal chorus of: "I was born to follow You".
'Soldiers' is a new take with revamped words and harmonies on "Onward Christian Soldiers.” Strong on drums with serious guitars and vocals, this is a release of energy, worship and dedication: “We are laying down our lives – we’re lifting Jesus high.”
'Catch Every Tear Drop' is born from Martin’s car accident at the start of his career with Delirious. "I fell asleep at the wheel,” he confesses, “don't know how I got here. I spun around and lost my way.” Personal and emotional, it’s more than just a reflection: "Catch every tear drop, then will you catch me too."
'Shepherd Boy' closes the album with a basic piano backing to the Chris Tomlin co-athored lyrics, "So come and lay your troubles down, cos love is breaking through." Also on Chris’s 'Burning Lights', this final track leaves the listener on a spiritual high.
"I didn't just want to make a record with a bunch of great session guys, that would've been easier. But we've been on a big journey in Brighton, and these songs have been written with community in mind. I wanted to encourage their lives and infuse their energy into the songs... you can just feel the energy and hear the joy in the music. I'm really proud of it. Anybody can get on the dance floor", continues Martin. "that's the great thing about Christianity. It doesn't matter where you come from, or what you've done... everyone is invited to the party. It's all about grace." (Martin Smith speaking to 'Louderthanthemusic')
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|Author / Artist||Martin Smith|
|Publisher||Kingsway (April 2013)|
|Page last updated||10th December 2016|