Extra Verse for Hark the Herald

Some would consider it sacrilege, but I love messing around with old hymns and carols. At Christmas I enjoy breaking out of the celebration of the incarnation to remind myself of the bigger picture. I wrote this extra verse for Hark! the Herald Angels Sing last year but didn’t get a chance to use it, so I thought I’d post ...

News and recent press

News and recent press
It’s been a while since I posted. We’ve been pretty busy arranging our move back to the UK. Meanwhile, the Internet continues to do its work. Somehow, Augustine’s Song managed to get voted as one of the top songs of 2013 on Under The Radar. And then, having previously reviewed Seven Stars, there was this ...

Review of Seven Stars from Mark Heath

Mark Heath is a good friend of mine who blogs. He recently put up a review of Seven Stars on his website. Here’s a quote: … another collection of thoughtful and deep songs, all beautifully arranged… They move effortlessly between waves of peacefulness and intensity, making the listening experience both relaxing and inspiring. Read the full review ...

Cross Rhythms Love Seven Stars

I’ve just stumbled upon a review that went up in August on the Cross Rhythms site. Erin Spruce gave Seven Stars a very generous 9 out of 10. Thanks Erin! Here’s a snippet: … such is the invention shown in the arrangements, the songwriting craft and the warmth and engaging smoothness of Haines’ voice, this ...

CD Giveaway at Westpoint

If you are at Westpoint this weekend, I will be wondering around with a box of Seven Stars CDs, giving them away. The philosophy is this: Take the CD away and listen to it If you like it, pay whatever you want, whenever you want If you can’t afford to pay anything, just enjoy the free ...

Louder Than The Music Interview

Louder Than The Music Interview
Jono from Louder Than The Music contacted me for an interview a while back, and they’ve recently put it up on their website. The questions they asked were: For those who haven’t heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got involved in making music? Tell us ...

Worship Release

Worship Release
Worship Release is a great website by a worship leader called Emery, dedicated to posting songs that connect him to God. He regularly features artists such as All Sons and Daughters, Bethel Music, Jesus Culture, Matt Redman etc. He has kindly just put up a post featuring my song, Troubled. Concerning my music, Emery says: ...

Introducing… Will Johnson and friends 2

Introducing... Will Johnson and friends
Will Johnson is my wife’s cousin. He’s about to get married to Miriam Reid. We have a mutual friend Jon Caws, who is a quality drummer. All three of them have joined forces and written a fantastic congregational worship song. It’s so good, it’s been entered into a song competition, and must surely win! Please ...

UCB Unsigned Radio Interview

UCB Unsigned Radio Interview
A few weeks back I gave a telephone interview for UCB Unsigned. They don’t keep the broadcasts live online for very long, but I’ve managed to get hold of an MP3 for anyone interested who missed it. Download the UCB Unsigned interview. I must stress that the interview was not live, and has been masterfully ...

CMB – New Website for Christian Music Makers

CMB - New Website for Christian Music Makers
I’ve been anticipating the launch of the new CMB website for a while now, and it’s finally here. This is a great resource site for Christian songwriters and recording artists. There’s a weekly podcast, a blog, and other resources well worth checking out. Take a look if you’re interested.