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Sarah Teibo: 'People are lacking hope'

WALKING TALL: MOBO nominee Sarah Teibo is back with her second album called Keep Walking

AWARD-WINNING GOSPEL singer and MOBO nominee, Sarah Teibo, has just released her sophomore project, Keep Walking, the follow up to her acclaimed debut album Walk With Me.

Keep Walking has some musical surprises. The 10-track album features guest performances from some of the biggest names in US and UK Gospel including Fred Hammond, the King of Urban Praise and Muyiwa.

Other artists featured on Keep Walking include US neosoul gospel artist Lisa McClendon, afro-gospel artist Andrew Bellow, UK rapper TNeek and Jason Nicholson-Porter who reached a whole new audience when he appeared on BBC TV’s The Voice.

Sarah, known for her cando attitude where making and promoting music is concerned, raised money to record the album via a successful crowdfunding Pledge Music campaign.

Keep Walking is filled with catchy songs whose lyrics aim to encourage and inspire.

It also contains songs influenced by the personal tragedy Sarah experienced when her mother died last year. Wrestling with grief, anger, sadness, and loss, Sarah found solace in her faith, which in turn inspired her music.

She explained: “People are lacking hope. People are fearful and uncertain about the future. We all face crazy trials that are overwhelming at times.

“We need more positive, encouraging messages. Resilience, pulling through, fighting through – they are messages we need to keep hearing in music and are messages I want to share with people, that no matter what they can keep walking.”

Sarah is one of the first UK gospel artists to record a collaboration with gospel legend Fred Hammond and found it to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. She said: “It has been a dream come true to work with Fred. He is one of my music icons so for him to feature with me on a song I wrote is just surreal. Like A Child is one of my favourite songs on the album, but Fred adding his flair and creativity to it has just taken it to another level.”

It was in 2015 that Sarah, the second of four siblings, and a worship leader at her church, came to the fore in UK with the release of her debut single Steal My Joy.

The track reached number two in the AStepFwd Christian Chart. She released her debut album Walk With Me the following year. The album received a MOBO nomination in 2016. The following year Sarah bagged a Premier Gospel Award for Best Album.

The future looks bright for Sarah, who juggles her music ministry alongside a full-time job, and a family. She is set to embark on a tour in the next few months and will continue in the vein in which she started, singing songs that glorify God which give hope to others.

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