Kel­ley Mooney kick­ing off tour

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The Is­land­wide Church Tour, fea­tur­ing Kel­ley Mooney, will hold its first con­cert on Tues­day, July 21, 7:30 p.m., at St. John’s Pres­by­te­rian Church in Belfast.

Join­ing Mooney on the stage to play songs from “Still”, along with some old and new favourites are Jon Matthews, Brian Knox, Heartz God­kin and Peter Burke. Doors open 7 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is at the door.

Mooney re­leased her first gospel al­bum, “Still”, on May 23 to a crowd of over 600 peo­ple at Trin­ity United Church in Char­lot­te­town.

This over­whelm­ing re­sponse prompted Mooney to put to­gether this Is­land­wide Church Tour

With the suc­cess of Hal­lelu­jah from her al­bum, “To­mor­row” (the 2012 Mu­sic P.E.I. coun­try record­ing of the year), Mooney heard from many peo­ple who wanted more gospel mu­sic from her.

It wasn’t un­til she was faced with a sig­nif­i­cant health scare in 2013 that she made the de­ci­sion to record a gospel al­bum. Af­ter 11 months of ill­ness and re­cov­ery, Mooney be­gan gath­er­ing songs for this record.

Most of the songs on “Still” have a deep mean­ing for her. She wrote My Soul to Keep about her ill­ness, and This is Me about her ad­dic­tion and suc­cess in over­com­ing it. The gospel stan­dard, I Sur­ren­der All, was the first song she sang in public. In­ci­den­tally, St. John’s Church in Belfast was the first place Mooney sang pub­licly af­ter her ill­ness and it is fea­tured on the cover of her al­bum. There are sto­ries be­hind al­most ev­ery song and can be found on her web­site at www.kel­ley­mooney.com.

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