JOE PITT – EARLY YEARS
Joseph Pitt serves as an elder and is the Minister of Music at Faith Chapel, and for the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, inc. (PAW) European Council of Nations (ECN) West diocese.
At the tender age of 13, under the influence of his sister Veronica, Joe respect essay assignment began to attend private tuition in the field of classical music. By the time he reached age 15, he was assisting his sister with playing the piano and rehearsing the senior choir.
A young Joe in church during the 1960s – 70s honed the skills for which he is now renown: his powerful, yet mellow, vocal tones, his highly anointed ministering on the keyboard/organ and his excellent song-writing ability. Passionate about the music Joe found himself amongst a like-minded group of young people. Thus began a new phase of Joe’s musical journey which would result in him being recognised today as a British Gospel Pioneer.
JOE PIT – PIONEER YEARS
Popular music in Britain experienced a massive musical sea change during the1960s and into the 70s particularly with young making an essay people and music. This was not different in the Church where Joe’s talents really began to shine as one of the lead singers, songwriters, keyboard player/organist and vocal/music arranger of what was then the UK’s leading gospel group, ‘The Heavenly Hopes’. The quest to be heard beyond the church and into the public square was in full swing as the group appeared on the popular talent hunt programme ‘Opportunity Knocks’. This prime time TV show was the first of its kind with viewing figures said to exceed 18 million. For a Gospel Music to be part of the entertainment before British audience on a Saturday night singing about Jesus what would the audience response be? Apparently fantastic as the group did well achieving 2nd place in the series stage. The Heavenly Hopes went on to record two singles and two albums, both of which featured the soul-thrilling, heart-rending melody that Joe so effortlessly produced. It was ground-breaking.
However, the ground breaking work was not complete for Joe, when as one of the key musicians for a vocal male septet called the Doyley Brothers, they returned to the TV Show and dubbed ‘the Jackson 5 of Great Britain’ they won the coveted 1st place. Joe continued in his role in as a musician throughout the Brothers’ career.
In the mid to late 1970s Joe, again on the cutting edge of destiny, teamed up with Rev. Basil Meade (London Community Gospel Choir), Rev. Joel Edwards (Evangelical Alliance) and Carl Booth, among others, to form ‘Kainos’, the first contemporary gospel group in the UK. This talented group of young men soon released an album entitled ‘Changing’ and later appeared on ‘Pop Gospel’ a Granada Television production. They travelled to Holland to appear at the Kampaland Festival, a major annual gospel event and they also featured in the Greenbelt Festival in the UK, which saw more than 20,000 people in attendance. Eventually, their destinies led them in separate directions.
JOE PITT – PROMOTIONS & MENTORING
Since that time Joe has been involved in various projects including the directorship of the former Apostolic Power Unlimited (APU) Mass Choir; the directorship of the former European Council of Nations (ECN) Mass Choir for England, Ireland, Germany, Italy and France and that of the earlier Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (APU) UK Mass Choir; the teaching of vocal and music lessons, sound engineering and gospel music promotion.
In the early 1990s Joe, along with Peter (Patrick) Reid (PJs Community Services) and the late Jason Steele (Lifeline Christian Centre), formed Peak Promotions, a gospel music promotion company. Among the artists who they brought to the UK were Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir, Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond & Radical for Christ, Kirk Franklin & the Family, Angelo & Veronica, and Ricky Dillard.
In 1999, Joe and other members of the UK Fellowship Choir, recorded an EP entitled ‘We Present Jesus Christ’ and in 2003 he featured as the lead singer of the title track of Bethel Apostolic Mass Choir’s album ‘Only Because’. He still writes songs for weddings and other special occasions, but is most frequently found ushering in the presence of God in the services of his local church, Faith Chapel, in London.
Joe was featured in the 2009 book ‘British Black Gospel’ written by Steve Alexander Smith. This book was accepted by the Black Cultural archives in Britain in 2014 and has recently entered the University of the West Indies’ catalogue in Jamaica.
JOE PITT – FORTHCOMING ALBUM & CONCERT
August 2015 sees the launch of Joe’s eagerly awaited debut solo single ‘Time For a Change’, which precedes his debut solo album, which will be released on 27 November during a Launch Concert taking place at Faith Chapel, 118 Bellenden Road, Peckham. SE15. For tickets
Joe Pitt has been one of the great pioneers of gospel music in the UK, but he still remains one of the most humble men of our times.