Muyiwa and Riversongz release Live At the Apollo

MUYIWA MAKES HISTORY –Muyiwa and Riversongz Live At the Apollo

first British gospel group to sell out the HMV Apollo in Hammersmith to a capacity crowd of 5000 – The Voice.

Everybody’s talking about Muyiwa…this concert is a big deal – The Independent.


Muyiwa and Riversongz will be releasing the live film and music, LIVE AT THE APOLLO, from the epic, rammed to the rafters, joyful concert last summer, on February 11th 2013 on  CD/digital and DVD.


The CD features 13 songs and alongside the dynamic 15 piece band Riversongz,  it also includes some of the artists that participated in the evening; Pandit Dinesh, Andrea Louise, Joelle Moses, Michele Chueng  and Guvna B / Victizzle .


The Name Of The Lord

I Will Call

Glory To God

Jehovah Jireh

Hey Ya

King Of Kings

The Lords Prayer

I Love You Lord

Here and Real

Holy Holy Holy

Come Lord Jesus

African Medley

Let There Be Light


The Concert “All Around the World was a night to remember. But more than anything it highlights that British gospel has come of age.” The Voice.   The release will be accompanied by a UK Tour in Spring 2013  billed as an Intimate Evening with Muyiwa,  culminating in another spectacular event planned for July at Indigo  at the O2 in London


2nd of March  Swansea

8th of March CRA, Bristol Street Birmingham BR5 7AY

15th of March  The Beacon Centre, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

23rd of March V.A Centre Sheffield.

29th of March J.C.C Coventry

30th of March  Jubilee Centre Manchester.

5th of April Dublin

6th of April  L.O.M Centre Leeds

13th of April Lighthouse Liverpool

20th of April  The Carnival Centre, Luton

11th of May Kingswood Community Centre Bristol.

5th of July – Indigo o2 London



Muyiwa is Britain’s biggest gospel singer and songwriter, the one who more than any other is helping to popularise the form and bring it to a wider audience by mixing it up with elements of world music (from Africa, the Caribbean and Asia), soul, R&B and pop. In 2009 Muyiwa was the first international artist to appear on the American BET channel at the annual “Celebration of Gospel”. A year later he was the first UK Gospel act to sell out the Indigo O2 London. In 2011 the the Grammy Award winning Kevin Bond produced album ‘Declaring His Name all around the World”  by Muyiwa & Roversongz reached number five on Amazons World Music Best-Sellers, while its predecessor ‘Declaring His Love’ held the no 1 spot in the hmv blues and soul chart for five consecutive months.

It is not just through singing, that Muyiwa’s deep rich voice has reached millions in Europe, Africa and the USA, but also through his work as a broadcaster. He has a late-night show on London’s Premier Radio, (where he presents their flagship Gospel Tonight and Worship Tonight programmes), and has won numerous awards, including Best Presenter at the Oasis Awards (2006), Best Radio Show and Best Contribution to Gospel Music at the Gospel Music Awards (2009).

Muyiwa Olarewaju has a life story packed full of the stuff that films are made of.  After spending his early childhood years in Nigeria, his parents sent him and his brothers and sisters to live  in London where they were split up and passed from house to house among a series of distant family members and friends. An experience for Muyiwa that at best could be described as unsettling, and at worst traumatic. It was during this time that Muyiwa found the church and music, both of which helped set him on a more positive path. He learnt to play piano, studied a degree in music from Westminster University, and went on to work for Channel 4 and then Sony Music.  Things finally seemed to be going well for Muyiwa when a period of terrible misfortune began. His younger brother, (who was 14 at the time), got involved in an armed robbery and was sent back to Nigeria where he later got shot himself by an armed robber. Following this Muyiwa’s father was shot dead by an armed assassin. A few years later he also lost his mother, when she was killed in a horrific car accident. Once again, it was music and the church that helped Muyiwa through such difficult times, as is evident from listening to any one of Muyiwa and Riversongz five previous albums.



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JD McPherson New Single and January 2013 Dates



“I have seen the future of the past, and his name is J.D. McPherson…Signs & Signifiers, a bracing collection of tailfin rockabilly, rawboned R&B, and sultry moonstruck balladeering. It is hands-down the feel-good record of the year.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

“There was musical depth throughout the entire set, a connection to roots that felt electric and alive. In the capable hands of JD McPherson, everything old is new again.”—Chicago Tribune

“…he and his bandmates are great musicians taking ownership of a sound,
not just mimicking one.”—Washington Post

Recently named “Artist to Watch” by Rolling Stone, JD McPherson is set to perform his original Christmas song, “Twinkle (Little Christmas Lights)” on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” December 13. The track premiered today on –– and will be available at iTunes December 11. McPherson will also perform “Fire Bug” from his critically acclaimed album, Signs & Signifiers, on “Late Show with David Letterman” December 4.

“I love the whole of Christmas: lights, cold weather, sentiment, poinsettias, baby Jesus, popcorn laurels, Santa,” says JD of the track. “I even admire the well-tuned machine of commercialism. There are loads of holiday songs—only a handful of rockin’, rollin’ Christmas songs, though. So, here’s our offering.”

Lauded as “a sound that is vibrantly reminiscent of 50s after hours dancehall hits mixed with angsty tunes to appease the most brooding bluesman,” (Yahoo! Music) JD and his band have blazed the country this year with his “timeless, forward-thinking rock & roll” (Rolling Stone). His self-directed video for “North Side Gal” has garnered over a million views to date.

Hailing from Broken Arrow, OK, the former art teacher traveled to Chicago to record Signs & Signifiers at Hi-Style studio, which is housed in the attic of producer/bassist/studio owner Jimmy Sutton’s home and is 100% analog. “I have recorded this style of music in the digital realm, and it just doesn’t quite “sing” as much. Slamming that ¼” tape really hard produced the most beautiful distortion I’ve ever heard,” says McPherson.

Featuring JD McPherson (lead and backing vocals, guitar), Jimmy Sutton (bass), and Alex Hall (drums, piano, organ), the album was recorded through a collection of vintage microphones into an old 1960’s Berlant 1/4 inch tape machine. The 12-track album kicks off with the fervent pulse of the first single, “North Side Gal,” and segues into one of the albums two covers, McPherson’s take on “Country Boy,” an old R&B number originally written and recorded by Tiny Kennedy.


         Jan 17       Electric Ballroom       London, United Kingdom 

         Jan 18       Haunt        Brighton, United Kingdom        

         Jan 19       BALAJO  Paris, France              

         Jan 20       Melkweg   Amsterdam, Netherlands

         Jan 22       Brudenell Social Club        Leeds, United Kingdom   

         Jan 23       Bullingdon Arms       Oxford, United Kingdom  

         Jan 24       The Deaf Institute      Manchester, United Kingdom  

         Jan 25       Celtic Connections    Glasgow, United Kingdom       

         Jan 26       Caedman Hall   Gateshead, United Kingdom