We love to bring the best and widest range of Christian bands and artists from across the globe to Cornwall, creating an all-star lineup that really does have something for everyone. From rock, pop and funk to R ‘n’ B, folk and hip hop, you’ll find up-and-coming artists, festival favourites and big-hitters from across all music genres on our live music stages.
We’re so excited to be announcing our 2022 bands and artists for this year’s Creation Fest. With a stellar line up there’s music and worship from a diverse range of genres and thought-provoking talks and life stories from some incredibly special people.
Since releasing his debut ‘Little Giant’ to critical acclaim, Roo Panes has racked up in excess of 350million plays on Spotify and over 28million views on Youtube. HE has been described bu Uncut as a ‘Britfolk pin up’ whose music ‘taps a deep well of folk heritage.’ Q Magazine said Panes finds ‘a positive message in thoughts best left in the dark of night.’
A new phase of life and sing writing has taken shape through 2021 and led to latest track ‘Childhood’ an effortless beauty that stirs feelings of adolescence and family. Roo is currently working on exciting new material and collaborations, and second single ‘I Just Love You’ out now.
Gas Street Music is the sound of Gas Street Church in Birmingham, UK; a community with a deep desire to worship God and see His Kingdom come. They believe every area of life should be woven in worship, leading people wholeheartedly into an encounter with Jesus.
With worship leaders and songwriters such as Tim Hughes, Luke + Anna Hellebronth, Nick Herbert, Michael Shannon and Millie Ferguson, as well as new voices, including Taku Mudere & Zo Chilengwe. Gas Street Music collectively continues the legacy of writing and leading songs that fuel personal devotion and gathered expression. Their new music is being birthed out of the rich diversity of the church community.
Building on the foundations of Worship Central, a global movement to train and resource the Church, Gas Street Music are entering a new season. Sensing the time was right, they are beginning to unlock their heart cry, and are creating space for their community and city to be filled with songs and sounds of life.
Jake Isaac is worship Leader and singer/songwriter from South London. Jake has written ‘Greater than it all’, ‘Love song For a city’ (Martin Smith) ‘As in heaven’ (Graham Kendrick) & Final Say (Lou Fellingham). He has also previously written/produced/music directed for artists; Gabrielle, Blue, Miss Dynamite, Floetry & Duffy. As a singer/songwriter Jake has supported/worked with Ella Eyre, Paloma Faith, Angus & Julia Stone and Elton John. Jake loves Jesus, cheesecake & family. He is married to Tinu and they young family attend Kingdom Faith Church.
Wildwood Kin are a family trio whose sound is characterised by extraordinary harmonies. Their brilliant debut album, while influenced by their early folk leanings, delved deeply into other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments, and boasted inventive sonics and spectral atmospherics alongside their hypnotic three-part harmonies.
Guitarist Emillie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard- playing sister Beth Key and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney, all sing, swapping leads and joining forces on harmonies
The past couple of years have been huge for LZ7. Since the release of their last album ‘Home’, the band have been in front of hundreds of thousands of people and seen their latest singles ‘Breakthrough’ and ‘Legends’ (featuring Silento), gain traction worldwide and success in the charts.
With multiple millions of online views and plays and thousands of monthly listeners from across the globe, LZ7 have played on the biggest of stages. In the past year, the band have been on a European tour with Jason Derulo, as well as solo tours, culminating in a headline show at the Indigo in the O2, London.
High energy and high tempo, an LZ7 live show is an experience not to be missed!
Joshua Luke Smith is a poet for the people. His music blends elements of rap, R&B, soul and poetry, telling stories from his own experiences designed to resonate with people from all walks of life. After nearly a decade of releasing music in the form of singles, EPs and mixtapes, his debut album The Void comes as an independent release, funded by crowdsourced support from fans and almost entirely self-produced. Smith has been praised in Complex, featured on BBC Radio 1Xtra, and collaborated with international artists like cult American rapper Oddisee and London-based singer-songwriter Jake Isaac. As Smith puts it himself, his music is made to “speak into the chaos” of the modern world, distilling his own experience of grief and trauma into something anyone can relate to.
Smith was born in London, but before his second birthday his parents moved to a rural, impoverished area of northern Pakistan. His father was a doctor who, rather than stay in Britain and live a regular middle-class life, decided to move to a place where his skills were really needed. As his parents and a team of doctors built a hospital, Smith grew up in the foothills of the Himalayas, surrounded by natural beauty but also exposed to extreme poverty from a very early age. His earliest memory of music is spending nine-hour car journeys listening to his dad’s three-album tape collection on repeat, greatest hits compilations by Genesis, Tracy Chapman and Cat Stevens. “It’s cliché, but honestly at four, five years old, listening to these timeless songwriters telling stories, I was like ‘Yeah, this is what I wanna do. I wanna write songs. I wanna tell stories,’” he says.
At the age of nine Smith wrote his first poem. Soon after his family moved back to London, then north to Bradford. Having spent his childhood listening to his dad’s rock collection, Smith’s life changed when his older sister brought home two hip-hop records, first The Fugees’ classic 1996 album The Score and then Eminem’s timeless single ‘Stan’. “That’s when everything changed for me,” Smith says. He was enchanted by Eminem’s storytelling ability and his use of multiple characters in one song. From that point onwards he was hooked on hip-hop, devouring the genre’s great storytellers — rappers like Nas and 2Pac — while hoping to become one himself.
He began making music at 12, producing simple beats on his dad’s midi sampler before eventually starting to record vocals over the top. Around the age of 16 he discovered garage band and soon developed the production skills that he uses to this day. Aged 22 he put out his first EP, landing at number two on the iTunes hip-hop chart. Suddenly he had fans around the world and a reliable source of income. “I was like ‘Oh wow, I can do this,’” says Smith. An American tour followed, during which Smith met Oddisee, one of his favourite rappers. Then in 2017 Smith recorded a Ted Talk, 19 minutes of spoken word dealing with the importance of inner peace and healing.
Among Smith’s best known works is ‘Becoming Human’, a poem inspired by the story of an attempted suicide. After its release, Smith was contacted by the suicide prevention charity Samaritans, who wanted to use the piece for National Suicide Prevention Day. Smith of course obliged. He has also worked with non-profits such as A21 and The Naked Truth. “Beyond putting out records I’ve had the honour of working with people that are on the front line of human suffering,” he says.
While reading the work of theologian Eugene H. Peterson, Smith came across the idea of “speaking into the chaos”, something he tries to do in his music. Rather than adding to the chaos of modern society, Smith’s music is about bringing solace and tranquility by addressing elements of the human condition that other artists might shy away from. He wrote The Void while processing the grief of losing one of his
best friends to cancer. In the 18 months he spent working on the album, Smith learned the importance of solitude, of being able to admit to his own emotional struggle and dealing with pain head on.
With a UK tour planned for October 2021, Smith hopes to tour the album around the world, telling stories to a tribe of likeminded people and helping others process their own complicated feeling
Leah McFall is an artist from Northern Ireland, who first appeared on our screens in 2013 on BBC’s The Voice UK with her viral rendition of ‘Loving You‘ and chart-topping cover of ‘I will Survive.‘ Leah went on to tour with will.i.am and Jessie J in the arena’s across the UK and LA, performed at the Grammy MusiCares event (sharing the stage Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, and Pink in honor of Carole King), and writing with industry leaders such as Toby Gad, Ester Dean and will.i.am himself.
Leah released her first independent record called ‘INK‘ in 2017, holding the top 3 spots in r&b and pop album charts on iTunes with singles such as ‘Wolf Den‘ and ‘Happy Human‘, featured in huge Spotify playlists such as New Music Friday, and Spotify&Chill and went on to sell out her 5 city UK tour.
Leah often appeared at Hillsong Christmas concerts’, and was invited to speak about her journey of having faith within the music industry at their conference in 2017 at the O2 arena, London.
McFall went on to release her first book in 2021 with SPCK publishing titled ‘More Trust – Giving our dreams to the trustworthy one.‘ and her first worship EP called ‘Outside the Lines‘ is set to be released single by single throughout this year.
From delicate acoustic songs to jazz and hip-hop infused pop, Jonathan crafts musical soundscapes that invite the listener on a journey. With a background in graphic design, he is passionate about exploring the intersection of visual art and music to form a complete experience. Describing his songs as ‘prayers set to music’ he expresses his faith through psalm-like lyrics and sweeping, melodic instrumentation. Following the release of his beat tape, Twenty Four, and an acoustic EP, Songs From Home, Jonathan is now releasing singles and working towards his first full-length album, Future Forever.
Philippa Hanna is an internationally acclaimed performer, recording artist and author. Best known for her faith-based music and storytelling, Philippa has performed over 1500 shows worldwide. 2020 saw the release of Philippa’s 6th studio album ‘Stained Glass Stories’ (Integrity Music). With a unique blend of Gospel, pop and Country influences, Philippa has won fans in the likes of Leona Lewis, Lionel Richie and pop icon Lulu.
A vulnerable songwriting style coupled with Country-tinged vocals, have drawn comparisons to the likes of Dolly Parton and Taylor Swift. Philippa’s online videos have racked up millions of hits, with her Gospel version of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Perfect’ tipping almost a million shares on Facebook. Philippa is a passionate mental health advocate, openly sharing her personal journey on a variety of platforms, from festivals to schools.
As well as annual headline tours, Philippa’s career highlights include multiple appearances at the prestigious London Palladium, 02 Arena and a hugely well received performance at The Royal Albert Hall as special guest for Royal wedding singers ‘The Kingdom Choir’
Philippa’s 3rd book ‘Known’ – Discovering your identity and worth in God’, is slated for release in Feb 2022. After a brief break to have her first baby with husband Joel, Philippa is now taking bookings for festivals, events, and speaking engagements in 2022 and beyond.
Cornwall based indie duo, Our Atlantic Roots (Mac and Laura Johnston) bring an uplifting blend of American & British alt-folk, with hope-filled harmonies that are rich, dynamic and unite beautifully. Their sound isn’t something you could squeeze into one genre ‘box’; certain songs have a clear connection with the country/bluegrass sound, whereas others are delicately stripped back; acoustic alt-folk style tracks.
The husband/wife duo met at ministry school in North Carolina in 2012. Just a few weeks after meeting, Mac and Laura sat down to write their first song together and straight away people commented on the way their voices and styles complimented each other.
In 2014 the duo married and relocated to the UK. September 2017 saw the release of Mac and Laura’s debut EP ‘First Light’ recorded with award-winning folk producer Andy Bell.
In 2019, the duo released their second EP ‘Little Bird’, which has since had over 500K streams on Spotify. Little Bird, Carry On & Wildflowers were also featured on popular indie/folk playlists by ‘AlexRainbird Music’, resulting in millions of plays for these songs on this popular YouTube channel.
2022 will bring new ‘Our Atlantic Roots’ music to your ears, so keep watching and listening! You can find Mac and Laura on YouTube/Spotify/Soundcloud/Bandcamp/Apple Music and most social media spaces too. Be sure to connect with them and remember to tag them #ouratlanticroots in your stories and posts.
Amongst Wolves are a 4-piece pop-rock band based in Manchester, who love using catchy pop melodies with energetic guitar riffs. They have a heart to engage with those who feel on the edge of society and achieve this by going into high schools, prisons and local communities, and talk about their Christian faith and how it’s impacted their lives. They feel passionate to talk about the stigmatised topic of mental health. On January 15th 2021, the band released the track ‘Voices’ – an anti-suicide song with a real gut punching set of lyrics. This song is part of the #ChooseToLive campaign, which is a social media movement encouraging people to share messages of hope and support those who are experiencing struggles with suicidal thoughts. Stay safe. Get the help you need. Choose to live.
Benjamin Haycock blends melodic, percussive and fingerstyle guitar with honest, personal and accomplished lyricism that is up there with the best. He laces this with incredibly tight rap flows and raw, emotive and powerful singing vocals. This is all interwoven to create a truly unique sound with strong character that derives from his personal experiences growing up in inner city Birmingham and later Devon, UK.Starting out, Benjamin was the songwriting front man to a successful eclectic band that performed at the likes of the 02 Academy and the Institute in Birmingham, which included instrumentation from the likes of ‘Little Comet’s’ drummer Nathan Green. In 2018, he released his debut solo acoustic EP called ‘Time’s Transgressions’. Off the back of this, he was announced as one of ‘Fender Undiscovered Artists of the Year’ and performed at Ad Week Europe, on the same bill as Craig David. Throughout this time, his music videos were watched by hundreds of thousands of people on large Facebook platforms such as ‘Music Crown’ and ‘YFM’.In 2021, Benjamin appeared on ‘The Voice UK’ and astounded the coaches by doing an emotional rendition of his original song ‘Restlessness’ that he wrote as a letter to his late Father. Suffice to say, all four of the coaches turned around. He subsequently released ‘Restlessness’ as a single, which topped the iTunes singer-songwriter charts. He followed up this success by releasing his second EP ‘Enigma’s Quay’, which followed suit.After this period of success, Benjamin subsequently partnered with Australian guitar company ‘Maton’ and became one of their prestigious artists and global ambassadors. Some names on their roster include the likes of John Butler, Tash Sultana, Josh Homme, Keith Urban and Neil Finn.Benjamin finished the year with his single ‘Force for Nature’ which he released in collaboration with The Tree Council’s environmental campaign ‘Be a Force for Nature’. The music video premiered to over 1,000 schools as part of the programme, with the song later featuring within the prestigious NOTION magazine. Subsequently, Benjamin was commissioned to produce a musical composition for a film which was displayed at the COP26 Climate conference in Glasgow. He finished the year with over 1.5 million Spotify streams, and over 100,000 listeners.Benjamin has started 2022 strong, with the release of his single ‘Homeless Winters’, which he partnered with the biggest homeless charity in the UK, Shelter. He committed to giving 50% of the proceeds from the song to helping homelessness within the South West. The music video was filmed/directed by Jonathan Pears, who has worked on some large films over the years in LA and was fresh off a set with Morgan Freeman and Gerrard Butler. Such was the quality of the video, it was released on VEVO in March.
Emissary is 2 brothers, Tim and Jonny Stephenson, from Bristol, UK. Followers of Jesus first, and songwriters, musicians, producers and engineers second, they are passionate about sharing the gospel message and inspiring worship and reflection in the global church through music. Their sound blends anthemic rock styles with indie and synthpop influences, producing a unique blend of traditional and electronic production. Turning various uni dorm rooms into studios over the past 3 years, they have been creating both their own music and producing other artists under their company Stephenson Bros. Production Co., intent on bringing immersive and atmospheric soundscapes to listeners.
Isaac and Emily Gay are worship leaders and song writers based out of New York City. They have been in leadership at Church of the City New York for the past 7 years and have a heart to create environments of expectation where people encounter the Living God and are empowered to worship extravagantly in all of life.
Jemimah is a classically trained singer/songwriter, singing teacher & worship leader based in West London.
Originally from the Island of Guernsey, Jemimah was born into a musical family with her grandfather being the conductor of a choir and her mother being a professional singer. Jemimah has sung since she was 7 and taught singing for the past 6 years.
She moved to London in 2014 to study Theology, Music & Worship at London School of Theology.
In January 2020 Jemimah released her debut EP ‘Anthem’s. During lockdown 2020 Jemimah was involved in a number of music collaboration and co-writing projects and released her second EP ‘Friend’ in August 2021 which contains a number of exciting collaborations with J. Vessel, Matias Ruiz and Tania Ilyashova. Jemimah is currently working on a new EP to be released in early 2023.
A finalist in this 2021’s BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge Introducing talent search, Nottingham singer songwriter JERUB has shared his debut EP ‘Feel It’ featuring uplifting new single ‘High’
Standing out as an artist whose music is filled with depth and raw emotion, JERUB released his debut single ‘Paint Me in Gold’ in 2019 and he’s gone on to build a beautifully pensive style that blends gospel, pop and indie influences. His authentic storytelling is deeply inspired by the realities of life – whether that be heartbreak or joy – and for his debut EP he explores themes of loss, reflection and hope. It’s a touching listen that has the ability to stop listeners in their tracks and provide real solace.
In the last year, he secured a finalist spot in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge Introducing competition back in April, standing out from over 10,000 entries, and he’s also been supported by BBC6 Music. With festival appearances at Dot To Dot festival, JERUB recently supported Australia’s Gang of Youths for the Nottingham show on their UK tour, before returning to his hometown for a headline show at The Bodega on 2nd December to coincide with the EP release.
An authentic storyteller with a heartwarming take on pop and indie, JERUB makes a profound impact with ‘Feel It’ and moves into 2022 with more new music ahead.
Joe is a songwriter of great depth and variety and is a first class live performer whether solo or with his band. His emphasis on excellence is obvious to everyone. He has been playing stages of all sizes for over 15 years, and is at home in a church hall, a pub or a festival having honed his craft in all three… He released his debut solo album ‘Without Borders’ in 2016 – a mixture of acoustic tracks through to Pop and all out Rock. He has a desire to tell a story and draw others into the process. Without Borders was the result of two years of writing, during this time Joe penned over 60 songs expressing different parts of his journey and telling the story of people he was meeting. Since the release of Without Borders Joe has been leading worship and performing at churches and events all over the UK and into Europe. 2019 saw the release of EP ‘Hold Me Still’ – recorded live in a local Church, a collection of new and re-arranged songs in an acoustic format. In 2020 Joe released ‘Waiting’ – written and recoded in lock down during the coronavirus pandemic. Through 2021 he was involved in the birthing of new songs based in the local church through YCC Worship.
He has recently taken on a role of overseeing New Wine Worship and has a desire to see people encounter God across the nation.
Since making it through to the Live Semi Finals of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent in 2016, which saw him playing to a home audience of 18 million, the name Josh Curnow has rocketed into the public eye.
Josh is a full-time singer-songwriter based in Cornwall who played all over Europe supporting the likes of Scouting for Girls and K.T Tunstall. He also travels the UK spreading the word of God through his powerful testimony, speaking in schools and churches alongside Christian organization Life stories at Lunch.
Judah Ball is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter, who grew up coping with a lot of hardships by turning to music and my faith. Behind every lyric and every note, is a guy pouring out his heart. These melodies and beats will take you on a journey, as you get lost in the thickness of each song!
Matthew One Man is an artist hailing from Egham Surrey. A dynamic performer whose unique looping style separates him from fellow musicians, the engaging sounds of his guitar break the boundaries of what is expected of the instrument. The unconventional and stylistic performances draw inspiration from artists such as Jon Gomm and Antoine DuFour. However, current artists such as Kanye West also inspire the fearlessness and creative originality that Matthew One Man imbues throughout his performances. Words used to describe the music of Matthew One Man include inspiring, spiritual and alluringly abstract further highlighting the talent of this enigmatic creator.
The Moses Brothers are producing, engineering, and writing their own music as an independent collective. Now based in Cornwall, the boys are facilitating worship in their local church as they seek to tap into the creativity that is synonymous with Abba Father, The Creator.
Skye-Anna is an Indie-pop singer-songwriter from Falmouth, UK. She has been writing since she was very young and she has always loved encouraging people through her music. Her originals have been played on BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall several times. 3rd of March 2019, She was contacted by ‘Sarah Gosling’ to perform 4 original tracks for their BBC Introducing live sessions and to have an exclusive interview. This was broadcast, Saturday 13th of April 2019. At the age of 22, she has already supported Newton Faulkner, John Buckley and played alongside UK Artists, such as Daisy Clark, The Rezner, Emma Chamberlain (Lead singer from Flowers of Palo), and Sam Richardson. She has also performed at festivals like Boardmasters, Tunes In The Dunes, The Rock Oyster Festival, The Great Estate, and many, many more places. On the 28th of March, 2021. Skye-Anna released her first debut album, ‘Captivated’, and her song ‘Follow’ became her most streamed song with over 53k streams. Now she is currently in the studio working on a 6 song EP, which will be released sometime this year.
Steph Macleod (SCO) is a singer songwriter, worship leader and Mental Health Awareness campaigner. He has been in full time ministry since releasing his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Light In The Darkest Of Nights’ in 2010.
“I have a passion for God and for people. It’s my hope that the songs I write will bring them closer together.” Steph shares the hope he found in Jesus Christ through word and song all over the world. He draws inspiration from his own lived experience. He is committed to sharing the Gospel and the power of God’s saving grace.
Steph’s music has featured regularly on BBC Radio 2, BBC Songs of Praise, UCB, and he performs and leads worship regularly. He also has a passion for mentoring the next generation of young Christian musicians and is an activist for mental health awareness. He has toured and performed with Mike Farris, Nathan Jess, Chris McClarney, Martin Harley, and supported artists like Matt Redman, The Rend Collective, and Martin Smith.
The Claze are from Cornwall with 2 albums and an EP. They have played everywhere from live sessions on BBC Radio 2 to the local pub. Whether it’s a set of handwritten tunes or famous songs by other artists they’ll always get the place bouncing.
THE GOUDIES (GOW-dees) are husband and wife folk-country duo — Sam & Beth Goudie. Their close harmonies and honest sound have drawn comparison with Americana artists such as The Civil Wars and Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. As singers and songwriters they explore the relationship of love, faith, and the spaces in between — always ending in hope.
Their debut EP, When This is Over, was released in July 2021. Recorded with just a single microphone in a room, the songs are an honest reflection on a time when everything was stripped away and we found out the things that matter.
The Goudies have been featured on BBC Introducing and Absolute Music Country as well as winning the Amazing Radio weekly audition and being selected as Richer Unsigned Artist of the Week.
At the start of 2021, whilst the UK was locked down, they started a weekly live stream (Tiny Show Tuesday) for their friends from their home, playing new songs and country covers — and finally decided to bring their solo projects together to form The Goudies.
Rural born singer-songwriter and producer, now based in London, Tom has a habit of writing songs about hope, resilience, and the weather, taking inspiration from counter cultural themes such as selflessness and forgiveness. In the studio he creates layered, wild and rugged folk-based songs, carefully woven together into a thoughtful and detailed tapestry of sound. Meanwhile, his live solo performances, armed with just a guitar and harmonica take on a wildness th
at vamps beyond traditional song structures. His lyrics are there to be explored, hiding deeper meaning and presenting poetic truths with humility and honesty.
In 2019 Tom released his debut album MY PEACE WILL COME as a follow up to his EP Courage. Both are available on Spotify/Youtube/Bandcamp/etc. Or visit tomhartleybooth.com
Valley of the Moon is an enigmatic ensemble helmed by Bristol-born producer/songwriter Robin Mitchell. The band use folklore, pastoral imagery and Biblical language to reflect upon longing, transience and sublimity. Their music stems from acoustic roots but adds synths, beats and production stylings to form a contemporary sound. Valley of the Moon describe their sound as “lo fi indie folktronica,” and their songwriting style as “Christian mysticism.”
The atmosphere at Creation Fest is so relaxed and fun you leave feeling refreshed and encouraged to the max!
Luke Hellenbroth, Worship Central