Gavin Edwards - click for bio
Heinz Winckler - click for bio
Heritage - click for bio
Joe Niemand - click for bio
Juanita du Plessis - click for bio
Lloyd Cele - click for bio
Loyiso Bala - click for bio
Martin Smith - click for bio
Seth and Nirva - click for bio
Shaun P - click for bio
VaShawn Mitchell - click for bio
Program for the stages
Evangelist for Saturday evening (Only Saturday)
Todd was a drug addict and atheist for 22 years—when in 2004—he was radically set free! Todd believes that redemption and righteousness are the foundational keys for living life as a new creation in Christ. Todd’s foremost desire is to see the Holy Spirit flowing through believers everywhere that they go–at work, school, grocery stores, malls, gas stations, and more. Todd’s true joy is being able to reproduce a 24/7 kingdom lifestyle in every believer. His heart is to activate people in the simplicity of who they really are and confront the barriers that hold them back from being who God created them to be. No one is excluded
Martin Smith, formerly known as the frontman for the Christian rock band ‘Delirious?’, has just released an album with his new band ‘Army of Bones’. Smith is a well-known vocalist, guitarist, producer and songwriter. He is behind the popular worship songs ‘Can you feel the mountains tremble’, ‘I could sing of Your love forever’ and ‘Thank you for saving me’.
After ‘Delirious?’ broke up in 2009, Smith devoted most of his time to CompassionArt; an international art development charity. He is also, with Chris Tomlin, behind the ‘God’s great Dance Floor Movements (one through four)’ EP’s. In 2007, Smith collaborated with the ‘Delirious?’ band members in writing a book called ‘I could sing of your love forever: Stories, reflections and devotions.’ In 2011 Smith released his autobiography ‘Delirious: The Autobiography of Martin Smith.’ Smith started a new band ‘Army of Bones’ in 2015, and their debut album was released March 2017.
Martin currently lives in Brighton, England with his wife Anna and their six children.
Tim Hughes is a British worship leader and singer-songwriter. Formerly the Director of Worship at Holy Trinity Brompton, a large Anglican church in central London, he has since been ordained as a minister in the Church of England and appointed Vicar of St Luke’s, Gas Street Birmingham. He leads Worship Central, an international worship training and resource centre. Hughes is a co-writer the popular Dove Award winning song ‘Here I am to worship’ and have released five albums over the past 16 years.
VaShawn Mitchell is a Grammy-winning producer, worship leader and songwriter. He is known for his song ‘Nobody Greater’, which held the number one position on the American Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart for nine weeks. Mitchell has produced many projects for artists like Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Smokie Norful, winning several Steller Awards. He is also an artist in his own right with many albums to his name; ‘Triumphant’ (2011), ‘Created 4 this’ (2012) and ‘Unstoppable’ (2014). In 2016 he travelled to a sold-out Johannesburg, South Africa to record his latest worship album called ‘Secret Place’, which was released mid-2016. Mitchell also has a keen interest in community service and philanthropy. He is currently the National Faith Based Spokesperson for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organisation and recently started the Norman Youth & Arts Foundation, in his grandfather’s memory.
HERITAGE is the result of a shared vision between a singer and a musician. Sebastian Demrey & Jimmy Lahaie want to share their own musical heritage by revisiting the most beautiful hymns of the past centuries. In the past five years, the Canadian duo has released three French albums, one Christmas album, one live DVD, and has been touring extensively in the French countries. After being encouraged by believers in the US and the UK, they felt that it was now the time to release an English version of their latest project called ‘Hymns of our Faith’. Both Sebastian and Jimmy live in Montreal, Canada, and serve as musicians and worship leaders in their church.
SETH & NIRVA
Seth & Nirva are an American husband-and-wife duo from Nashville. They started making music together in 2013. They have released one EP ‘I Need You’ in 2013, and their debut album ‘Never alone’ in 2016 through Integrity Music. They are known for delivering worshipful, vertical songs that blend pop, gospel and R&B influences. Seth and Nirva are both extremely talented artists in their own right and have also backed Grammy and Dove Award-winning artists. Nirva has worked with TobyMac’s Diverse City Band for over a decade, while Seth has served as a backing vocalist for Kirk Franklin, Chris Tomlin, Donnie Mcclurkin and Cece Winans.
Yves Vermeire (Compositions, arrangements, piano)
Yves Vermeire (°1985) is a pianist/composer originating from Ghent, Belgium. His musical journey started by playing the piano at the age of seven. Once obtaining a scholarship, he graduated from the Jazzstudio in
Antwerp in 2009 with great honors and decided to study jazz piano at The Royal Conservatory of Brussels and Ghent. In 2016, Vermeire obtained his University College degree with distinction in Performing Arts – Jazz. As a student, he was mentored by pianist Christian Mendoza and arranger Michel Bisceglia. Vermeire participated in many master classes by jazz legends as Erik Vermeulen, Diederik Wissels, Nathalie Loriers, Andy Laverne, Jef Neve and Kenny Werner. His intensive training resulted over the last years in performances at highly acclaimed clubs and national festivals, such as Jazz Brugge, Jazz Hoeilaart, Jazzenede festival…
Thibaut Talpe (Bass) Thibaut Talpe (°1994) is a bass Player originating from Brugge, Belgium. At the age of thirteen, Talpe first started to play the trombone. After his first experiences in local projects, he advanced his musical skills to a higher level and started as a bass player at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent. Talpe took
his inspiration from great masters as Nicolas Thys, Michel Hatzigeorgiou, Felix Pastorius, Vincent Pierins and Benoit Verstraeten. Nowadays, Talpe is finishing his studies under Janos Bruneel and is active on the international jazz scene.
Marcos Della Rocha (Drums) Marcos Della Rocha (°1986) is a drummer coming from São Paulo, Brasil.
He started playing Afro-Brazilian percussion and drums at the age of ten. After studying a classical education at UNICAMP state University, his interest for jazz and improvised music started to grow. As a professional
performer in several international projects, Della Rocha is currently graduating at the Conservatory of Ghent under the orientation of Toon Van Dionant.
Robbe Latré (Trumpet) Robbe Latré (°1993), was born in Diksmuide, Belgium. He developed a deep affection for music at the age of ten. Growing up as a classical trumpet player, he discovered jazz and improvisation when moving to Ghent a couple of years ago. From that moment on, his musical life took a flight as he joined several local orchestras. He recently enrolled in the Royal Conservatory of Ghent and nowadays, he features in many local projects as section horn or soloist.
Elias Storme (Tenor saxophone) Elias Storme (°1994) is a saxophone player from Ypres, Belgium. After a five-year classical training, starting from the age of seven, his fascination for jazz music started to grow. He studied at the Royal Conservatory of Leuven with Frank Vaganée and is now graduating at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent under Bart Defoort. Storme followed masterclasses with jazz legends as Mark Turner, Chris Potter and John Ruocco.
Jasper De Greve (Bariton saxophone) Jasper De Greve (°1994) is a saxophone player from Assenede, Belgium.
After being exposed to jazz at the age of 8, he started his first lessons on the alto saxophone. When turning sixteen, De Greve continued his musical journey at the MUDA – Academy for Jazz and Classical music. In 2013 he entered the Conservatory of Ghent as a Bariton saxophone player, being guided by Bart Defoort. During these years he attended courses and masterclasses with great musicians such as Tom Van Dyck, John Ruocco, Gary Smulyan, Dick Oats, Jeroen Van Herzeele, Mike Rossi, Simon Rigter, Bob Mover, Joshua Redman, and Chris Potter. Throughout the years several projects gave him the opportunity to perform internationally at
festivals in Belgium, England, Japan and the Netherlands.
‘Inspiring others’ seems to be as natural as breathing for Gala James. From travels to encounters, the artist crosses the continents, taking the incredible paths of music…Everything begins on her native island – La Réunion – where Gaelle who is passionate about piano and singing, signs her first album “Revelation” at the age of 17. After a several-year stint honing her vocal precision at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels, Gaelle earns her stripes on popular scene of the Eurovision songcontest before flying to the city of Angels. It is in Los Angeles, alongside her mentor Andraé Crouch, Michael Jackson’s vocal arranger, that Gaelle is absorbing the elements of ‘Black Gospel’ and they naturally find their way out in her album ‘The Journey’, described by the press as “an opus of undeniable artistic maturity and international level”.”The sudden departure of my father, triggered in me the desire to get down to the essential…” confides the singer-songwriter on a Belgian national television show, whose third record evocatively entitled “Vivre “(Living), sees the light of day in 2015 as a anthem to life.In this new impetus, Gala James dares to change, undaunted by the spectacular arena of 23 jazz orchestra contenders challenging her musical universe. New sounds open the horizons of this generous artist and nothing seems to take her breath away.
Noel Robinson is a international worship leader, music pastor, songwriter and producer who’s mandate is to see the body of Christ rise up in worship, intercession and unity in this generation. Noel has been involved in Worship ministry for over 20 years. Noel’s ability to cross over the many cultural and diverse expressions of worship has allowed him to stand and lead at many leading events and conferences across the world. He has partnered with many ministries from Morris Cerrullo, Rienhart Bonke, Spring Harvest, Baptist Assembly, AOG, Elim churches, Renewal Worship Encounters plus many more!
Bala is a South African R&B artist, best known for his association with the kwaito group TKZEE and the Bala Brothers. He often acts as presenter or MC at life events, and in 2016 he was a judge on a popular Afrikaans television series.
Edwards is professional singer/songwriter. He travelled across the world to pursue different avenues of music, and in 2007 he focussed on a solo career. In 2016, Edwards was the runner-up in the first season of ‘The Voice South Africa’.
Cele is a South African Artist, who has won a SAMA award for Best Pop Album, a MetroFM, ChannelO and Wawela nominee. He is an executive producer, a diverse artist who plays guitar, piano, bass and saxophone. He is a proud family man, married with two adorable children, Levi and Zoey. He won the hearts of South Africans from a TV show called South African Idol, which he became a Runner Up in 2010.
Winckler won the South African version of the popular American Idol in 2002. This kick-started his career and brought on some amazing achievements; six studio albums, two live dvds and a string of awards over the years. Winckler has just released his first gospel album called ‘The Roar’. He is married to Alette-Johanni with three children.
Niemand is an acclaimed songwriter and international performing artist. He won Crescendo in 2002, when released his first album. In 2009 he became a household name with the songs ‘A new Day’ written and performed in the film ‘Faith like Potatoes’. Niemand currently serves on the Board of SAMRO and is deeply involved in many aspects of the South African creative industries.
Malope is a multi-award winning South African singer. She is known as African Queen of Gospel music throughout her career that has been spinning for 30 years; she sold at least 10 million albums in South Africa making her one biggest selling artists in South Africa all the time. Since the beginning of her career, she released 35 albums with most of them achieving multi-platinum status, platinum status and Gold status. From 2004 till date, she has been the hostess of the TV show It’s Gospel Time.
JUANITA DU PLESSIS
Du Plessis started her musical career in 1998 with the band Jupidu. In 2000 she released her first solo album with the hit track Ska-Rumba. She quickly became a household name in South African homes, and she is one of the top-selling female artists in the country.
19 year old singer-songwriter, Julanie J has quickly become a household name after her first album shot to no 3 on the world wide iTunes charts. Music has been an integral part of Julanie J’s life since a very young age. She wrote her first song when she was just 4 years old. and Is Now the Composer to many radio hits nation wide. She has performed in various countries and loves making “Good music”. Sharing about herself Julanie says “I am simply a normal girl with a huge passion for life , my family and a good grooving bass line . I am the youngest of six and already an aunt to a few! They are my bunch of crazies I call home”.
Born in the DRC, this young man faced many challenges in his life. He has an amazing testimony on how God brought him to South Africa and to where he is in his music career. David speaks 9 languages, plays 11 instruments, writes new songs on a daily basis and has a vocal range that simply astounds. David is most famous for his song, Tomorrow is coming, a collaboration with the world famous, Lokua Kansa. David brings a mix of Africa and Western music to the stage that simply touches the heart. His Swahili songs are sang throughout Africa and is just beautiful.
When skill and passion meets, an explosion occurs. DJ Prophet has never ever not love mixing music. His passion for God has taken him into clubs and scenes where the “normal” Christian would not dare to go, but with his music, DJ has influenced so many lives, them not knowing that his mixes are Christian mixes. Being a husband and father, it is very important to him to showcase God in all he does. He brings a trendy vibe to the stage that makes your feet want to dance their own little dance.
The combination of Stella and Hennie Maritz, brings an unique sound and vibe to the stage. Their very energetic music has had many a teenager dance and realise that Christian music is “cool”. Duis:Lig has done much for contemporary Christian music in South Africa and are forerunners in writing music for the Afrikaans Youth. Being parents now, they continue to carry in their hearts to impact the youth of SA with their music.
Put 5 young men together in a band and ROCK is your result. One Crown is a band from Potchefstroom that has won every award there is to win in SA in their genre of music. One Crown created a revolution with their Christian Rock album and have even been touring the USA because of this explosion. Carrying the message of Jesus’s love for sinners, One Crown is on a mission to plunder hell and populate heaven with their music. Put on your jumping shoes, as you will not be able to stand still while they are on stage.
WE WILL WORSHIP
A worship movement with a group of youngsters worshiping God with all their hearts.
Shaun P, is a multi-award winning artist based in Pretoria, South Africa, he has worked with the likes of Vashawn Mitchell, Ken Reynolds, Ntokozo Mbambo, Lloyd Cele, Nqubeko Mbatha, Loyiso Bala, Mahalia Buchanan and many more. He has ministered to thousands nationally and internationally. This year, Shaun captured his first live DVD recording titled “The Decade Project” in celebration of his 10 year milestone in music ministry. Shaun’s main aim as a minister, is to translate a heavenly language into the song of the Lord, thus bringing salvation, deliverance, breakthrough and healing through his music.
Christopher Jansen, known professionally as Cjay, kicked of his career in 1993 as a South African producer and Hip-Hop artist / rapper, whose songs Jesus Freak and Turn The World Upside down garnered him a Crown Gospel Music Award for best Hip-Hop album for Jesus Freak Yes I Am, in 2013. Born in the world famous surfing town of Jeffrey’s Bay in the Eastern Cape, Cjay, at the age of 10, gave his life to Jesus during a revival week festival. Cjay has performed alongside Grammy Award winning artist Lecrae, as well as Grammy nominated artists Kari Jobe , Da’ T.R.U.T.H. , Neville D and Delirious?. 2017 marks a major turning point in Cjay’s music career, after surrendering to a word spoken over his life that God did not just called him to rap, but to sing as well.