Find out which artists are performing at the next Transcendence event
JULY 11TH 2019
A singer-songwriter with bags of soul, Bobby Bovell is a UK artist that the gospel scene and beyond can be proud of. He is a MOBO Award nominee and was the first person to ever win three JUMP Music Video awards in one night.
Bobby had a musical upbringing thanks to his father Dennis Bovell, who himself is an accomplished reggae artist. Seeing his Dad touring and sometimes getting to go along, Bobby had exposure to the industry from an early age. And after receiving many music lessons from his Dad and falling in love with the musical art form, Bobby is now an award-winning artist.
Bobby received his spiritual grounding by going to church with his grandma. And encouraged by his gospel music-loving family, he even sang on the church choir. But it was only when he was in his late teens that he developed a personal faith that would change his perspective on life.
Despite having a dad who was a reggae performer, it was hip hop and soul that flowed through Bobby’s veins. In fact, he even wrote his thesis on the commercialisation of hip hop when he studied for a Commercial Music degree at the University of Westminster. He gave himself a musical education with the likes of Big Daddy Kane, Heavy D and Prince – artists known for bending genre battle lines and making innovative music.
After taking a break from music to study for a masters in Theology, Bobby Bovell now uses his Christian insight and musical knowhow to be both a full-time pastor and artist. His ethos is simple; good music tells good stories and so the narrative in each of his tracks is paramount. He has used this approach to make music that stands out lyrically as well as technically. It’s also the tool he uses to reach people in his ministry.
In 2011, Bobby released his debut album – the Emergent Eclektic. Both the title and the album itself reflect Bobby broad music tastes. The project earned him a MOBO nomination in the Best Gospel category in the same year.
In 2016, Bobby released the single Love, Love (Kriswontwo Remix) that saw him recording with his father Dennis for the first time. The video, shot in Copenhagen, won him three awards at the JUMP Music Video Awards in 2016 and Best Video at the Premier Gospel Awards in 2017. The track also earned him a Best Gospel Act nomination at the 2016 Urban Music Awards.
Bobby wants his music to be transformational and have the ability to take listeners places they haven’t been to before. He also sees the spiritual value of music that extends far beyond it being an art form.
Bobby lives with his wife in South London.
headliner at april transcendence
Chantelle Gillespie is a wife and mother of two who has a passion for spoken word poetry. Chantelle has a strong desire to encourage the people of today with her God given gifts and talent.
Chantelle also has a Spoken Word Poetry Story series podcast which is out now (CSG Poetry Podcast) and will be releasing her first book entitled She. This will be available for purchase in August 2019.
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YouTube: Chantelle Gillespie
Nizam Speaks is a Spoken Word artist from North London. He first started performing in 2015 and has since performed at various events, Churches and open mic nights across London. His poetry is real, raw and filled with messages of hope and life. Nizam touches on topics such as depression, youth mentoring, faith and more. He has recently released his first official video for his poem Dark Days which came out during Mental Health Awareness Week, it is a hard hitting emotional poem that leaves viewers more aware about what depression can really be like - especially for a believer.
Aside from doing poetry, he works as a full time Maths teacher and has been able to share his art and faith with students at his school.