Manchester’s Bradley Lincoln, owner of Mix-d’, a unisex haircare range, has teamed up with singer Wayne Ellington and The Voice UK 2017 finalist Michelle John, for the fifth anniversary of Manchester’s Christmas Gospel.
Taking place at Band on The Wall on Friday 7 December, the event is set to kick off Manchester’s festive celebrations in a special and different way. Bradley spoke to TNT about the event and why its conception in the city is significant
When many people hear the term ‘gospel choir’, an unfavourable assumption usually follows, which stunts the music’s appreciation. “Quite often, gospel singers don’t get the exposure they deserve, maybe because people tend to think their events are religious-heavy,” Bradley said.
“But this event is not religious-heavy at all. It will be a way for people to start Christmas in a nice different way. It will be an evening with nice carol songs sung well by quality singers.”, he explained.
A few years ago, Bradley spent a lot of time in London during Christmas. “One of the things I most enjoyed was going to the Jazz Cafe to listen to the London Community Gospel Choir,” he told TNT News.
“I liked getting into the Christmas mood by listening to beautiful live singing, alongside top level musicians.
“I remember thinking it was a shame my friends and family could not be with me. So, I decided to bring the Jazz Cafe event to Manchester. People often think the best events happen in London and I wanted to prove them wrong.
“We have created a great regular platform and invite special guests each year. Wayne always creates opportunities to up-and coming backing singers and established professional singers on the gospels circuit, to share the evening”.
Bradley stated that he and Wayne have kept the price point reasonable for those who are on a tight budget but still need to enjoy a quality evening. “This is a top-level event with amazing singers and musicians,” he adds.
“You don’t have to be religious or go to church. You simply need to appreciate the gospel sound and live singing.”
The self-funded event is set to be an intimate setting in Band on the Wall, which can take up to 330 people, and will be celebrating its fifth anniversary.