So it was 2010 at our annual youth event and a bunch of us had been out on an estate in Birmingham on the top deck of one of our buses making music with local youth, the result being a whole crew of them turning up at our evening event and being impacted with the gospel. We were buzzing and I remember being quite taken aback on my way out the tent that night by a few words from a guy who I’d just met that day and who’d been alongside me in winning these lads. He said quite simply “Nayf you know what an evangelist is? Just an attractive spirit”!
It seemed so obvious and simple and exciting! Of course it’s somebody with a free spirit.. confident, released, loving, happy, that connects effortlessly and often without words with another’s humanity. So, “attractive spirit”. Here was a soundbite that captured the essence of a dynamic I dreamt of seeing released in the church again. We clearly needed to gather people like this to work together in a much more intentional way! For a start this had to become a song! I began writing shortly after this experience and recorded the initial inspiration, ie the chorus and basic dnb backing idea first-off. I wasn’t familiar with making this genre but clearly this track needed the energy and excitement of those beats.
However for whatever reason, at this point the track was shelved and I didn’t return to it for another couple of years by which time we’d launched our new evangelism initiative Jesus Army Action and momentum had increased in the church. Perhaps now was more it’s time. Anyway a couple of months ago I sat down again with fellow producer and partner in crime Jonny Haynes, we dug the track out again and in a flurry of creativity wrote the verse and experimented with ideas for the ending.
We were now looking ahead to a launch at our ‘outward facing’ Jesus Army themed event in Birmingham a few weeks hence and though there was then the obligatory rush to finish production a few days beforehand, the track was made ready and available for live use. The event itself came on the back of more JAA activity, resulting in more people being reached and coming to the event and the time was ripe for release.
We look forward now to this track and others like it being used going forwards to awaken kindred spirits into mission and adventure for the gospel.
’20-teens’ Here we come!