'Part of my dream'
After nearly 20 years of serving the music community, and supporting community groups including BMH UK, John Fisher and IDMC have been recognised on the world stage, being nominated as one of the artists in the "Best Gospel" categories of the MOBO (Music of black origin) Awards 2013.
With all the support John Fisher and IDMC have given to BMH UK and the issues we have campaigned on over the years, we are urging our readers to vote for them by clicking here to register your support.
'This nomination is also for me to say thank you to the 200 or more members that have been a part of my dream for nearly 20 years. For all the many rehearsals, concerts around the world, and the 18 or so albums and DVD recordings we have all done together. I am so grateful to God, ' founder of the gospel group John Fisher said.
Born out of New Testament church of God, one of the largest African Caribbean churches in the UK, this Gospel group was established by John Fisher in February 1994 and has enjoyed a string of successful gospel tracks, performing with artists including: Stevie Wonder, Michael Buble, Chaka Kan as well as singing for Pavarotti on his birthday.
Fisher rightly describes his choir as a 'group has a lot of energy and a strong message of love, hope, joy and peace for everyone. Using a cocktail of slamming beats, infectious grooves, mellow ballads, through to today's praise and worship and traditional gospel styles, IDMC has something for everyone and for all situations.'
IDMC's backing of BMH UK's work over the years
In 2007 John Fisher and IDMC performed at BMH UK's Gospel Explosion event held in Central London in December that year, which the human rights campaign group organised in a move to encourage those celebrating the festive season to remember individuals from within black community who are forced to spend Christmas locked up in a psychiatric wards over the holiday season.
The choir were joined by Adelade MacKenzie winner of the 'Nina Simone' Award by the Black Women in Arts Foundation 2007 and Alan Charles, Mobo awared nominee for best gospel act 2006.
All these Christian artists gave their time and talents for free and were part of a significantly successful move by BMH UK to keep the issue of the over representation and poor treatment of people from the UK's African Caribbean communities locked up psychiatric services on the political and church's agendas.
In 2008 BMH UK hosted a national service on mental health, which also marked the 10th anniversary of the tragic death of David 'Rocky' Bennett, a 39-year-old inpatient who lost his life after he was restrained by a team of nurses, while detained under the Mental Health Act back in 1998.
Held at the Emmanuel Centre in Marsham Street, Westminster, John Fisher and the IDMC choir where the lead performers, who supported this event at a time, when importance of the issue of mental health within the UK's African Caribbean communities still has very little recognition. Like the previous year, Fisher and his choir gave both their time and talents for free to support the work of BMH UK and ensured that this event was an oustanding success.
First gospel band shortlisted for the MOBO's
Fishers achievements also include the creation of the largest children's gospel choir in Europe. In 2008 through his music programme for schools called 'We Sing, U Sing' the 400 strong children's choir performed to a packed house at Fairfield Halls in Croydon.
This year's MOBO nominations of John Fisher and IDMC marks another milestone as they are the first ever gospel band to be shortlisted for this award.
'We are the first gospel choir to be nominated at the MOBO awards which is a great honour, I have been following the awards since they started and it is very exciting that we have been put forward. It is awesome to be nominated and be MOBO nominees, the choir are ecstatic. It is a great honour anD I am very humbled by it' Fisher added.
This year marks the 18th anniversary of the MOBO awards, which will be held on 19th October at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow. PerformerS on the night include: Jahmene Douglas, Fuse ODG, Iggy Azealea, Laura Mvla, So Solid Crew, Tinie Tempah, Iggy Azalea and Rudimental
Tickets range from £25 to £49 and you can purchase your ticket at his link here :http://mobo.com/tickets.
To vote for John Fisher and the IDMC go to mobo.com/voting2013/best-gospel