After the release of April Shipton new album Panoramic i wanted to get to know April a little better. I was delighted to have April answer our questions. check it out below…
Q: Thank you April for your time. to start with For those who don’t know you can you tell us who you are, where your from and what you do?
A: I’m April! I’m a 27-year-old married singer from Malvern, Worcestershire.
Q: How old was you when you gave your life to Christ?
A: I was very young! I don’t remember the day I first believed, but I’ll never forget the day Jesus changed my life, which was many years later aged 19. I’d been struggling with anorexia and depression during college, losing weight dangerously and totally losing my identity and who I was as God’s beloved child. Instead, pursuing the world’s acceptance, I drifted away from God until one day everything changed when a lady prayed over me in the name of Jesus. She told anorexia and depression to leave in Jesus’ name, and they did. I woke up the next day, completely free of mental health illness.
Q: What first got you into the Music business?
A: A few years after that amazing healing experience, God said to me, “April, are you using your talents and passions?” I was terrified to think He could be asking me to sing, but thanks to some encouraging friends and mentors, I took baby steps to believing that God had placed a talent and passion in me to sing. I was about 21 at the time.
Q: How many singles/albums do you have to your name?
A: My debut demo EP from 2017, “Wherever You Go”, and my first full-length album “Panoramic”, which only launched in November and still feels brand new to me!
Q: Who has inspired you and your music?
A: I don’t think any one person or band particularly impacted my musical style – the most inspirational musician to me is probably my dad! He played guitar on several tracks, and helped me get to where I am today. Cheers, Papa Bear!
Q: Who would you most like to collaborate with?
A: Philippa Hanna! I think we have similar missions and musical styles but very different voices, so I think we’d make a cool duet!
Q: You sing about mental health etc, is this your something your passionate about?
A: I’m passionate about sharing the truth that Jesus can overcome any mountain in your life, whether that’s mental health, financial issues, relationship problems, something at work, a health condition – absolutely anything. His name is more powerful than anything we have to face. That’s been my experience, and since God led me to share my music and testimony publicly, I’ve been hugely blessed to see His victory in many other people’s lives too.
Q: what bible verse has helped you in your walk with God?
A: Definitely Joshua 1:9 – “Be strong and very courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you; wherever you go.” It’s where the name of my EP came from, and reminds me that God never sends us out on these missions alone; He always equips us and journeys every step with us.
Q: Your new album Panoramic was well received, for those who have not yet heard it, can you tell us a little about it?
A: Thank you! Panoramic is all about the view from the top of the mountain. Sometimes it’s celebrating the victory of making it to the top. Those glorious moments when, surrounded by beauty and hope, you feel invincible. Sometimes it’s looking back on the road that brought you here. The twists and turns that now seem so trivial. The times when you struggled to scale jagged rocks – and can only now see how far you wandered away from the safe path. Even the places along the way where memories were made, which feel hard to leave behind. And sometimes it’s looking ahead. It’s seeing the shadow of another mountain in the distance, and knowing that one day you’ll have to face it. But knowing deep inside your heart the firm, gentle assurance that every step of the way, God is always with you.
Q: What is next for you this coming year?
A: Prisons! God has laid on my heart to partner with prison chaplains and organisations using creative arts to minister to prisoners. It’s something I’ve been passionate about and seeking more opportunities to do since singing at Peterborough Prison a couple of years ago. Also, a really exciting collaboration with Carol Lee Sampson is coming together! Carol is an anointed worship leader and songwriter at my church in Malvern, and her voice is incredible. We both feel God led us to each other, and has plans to use our testimonies and music to bring hope and light. It’s gonna be a great year!
Q: how can people connect with you and find out more about you?
A: You can find out more about me at aprilshipton.co.uk, but I believe this journey is bigger than just me, and that God wants it to be about community and journeying together. So I share as much as possible on social media, particularly Facebook – www.facebook.com/AprilShiptonUK. For those who’d like a more detailed update, I also write a personal email to friends who’d like to pray and support me. You can sign up to that by emailing me, email@example.com.
Q: lastly can you tell us something unique about yourself that people don’t know, this could be something you like or dislike.
A: I love baking! But my husband takes the star baker award in our house!
Thank you April for your time, we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. We look forward to seeing and hearing new things from you.
For those who have not check out her new album, then check it out here…