"The band’s passionately
held vision is to show people a glimpse of God’s glory through their songs and
lives. They want to reflect something of the wonder and power of God and to inspire
people to go deeper into relationship with him. Their songs, whilst full on ROCK,
have worship at their very heart."
wants to use us not only to bless the Church, but also to impact the lives of
those who don't yet know him."
DARKLY got their name from 1 Cor 13:12.
we only see God in part, as if looking through a glass, darkly, but that we will
see him one day face-to-face and then we will behold His entire glory”.
You See It Any Clearer?"
2006 Members of GLASS DARKLY: FAR LEFT:
Dave Painter, 2ND FROM LEFT: Jamfool,
CENTER:Graham Walker, 2ND
FROM RIGHT: Martyn Casserly, FAR RIGHT: Tim Ebenezer
ABOUT GLASS DARKLY
HISTORY OF GLASS
"The vision for Glass Darkly
was conceived in late 1999"..............................
Painter and Martyn Casserly met each other at their church, Church in the City,
located in London, and formed a band in 1999. With Billy Brown on drums, Darren
Kennedy on Bass and Esther Sharmer on keys, David Painter and Martyn Casserly
played their first gig on New Years 2000.
next four years brought both challenges and successes. Being in a Christian band
takes talent, spiritual inspiration, perseverance, lots of time, dedication to
the goal, patience, and a faith in the Lord, that He will open up doors and opportunities
and creative ideas for the music performed for the band's ministry, which they
felt called to be part of. Holding down 9 to 5 jobs, still managing to practice
and create music, playing gigs and surviving 4 band "lineup changes"
in the group over their 5 year history, GLASS DARKLY persevered in all of the
categories listed above, and stepped out in faith, creating music and following
opportunities which opened up to their ministry as a band; to show people a glimpse
of God’s glory through their songs and lives.
You See It Any Clearer?"
2000 - 2001
Step by step, they played, gained performance experience and eventually could
cut back on 9 to 5 jobs, to just working part time jobs, "in response to
prompting from God to start taking things seriously."
spirit filled Gospel rock / worship music took hold of people in a variety of
places; including contemporary church services, youth camps and tours.
- The Lord blessed them with songs which kept coming. After a studio recording
session, GLASS DARKLY entered their song, "Perfect Love" into the Premier Radio
Song search Competition 2002. Their song won the band the prize of a 16-track
digital recording disk, which led to the next step for this talented group of
Christians; to start work on a proper demo CD, in their unique alternative rock
2003 - Their gig and performance schedule
developed a life of its own. "Gigs became more frequent and increased in
size with the biggest being a support slot for Y Friday at the ID Event in Tunbridge
2004: GLASS DARKLY made a new demo of their songs,
mixed by Mike Sandeman of Phatfish. An even busier summer schedule of performing
gave them plenty of experience, tightening their sound and message. Highlights
* Being the resident youth band at
the Cliff College festival, located in Sheffield, for a week.
Having a week-long tour of Guernsey, performing in local schools, an outdoor gig
and a live appearance on BBC Radio.
- Early 2005: GLASS DARKLY stepped out in faith and competed in the "Ultimate
Showcase Competition," where they competed against the cream of the crop
of the UK’s unsigned Christian artists.
DARKLY's driving rock anthem, "More Than A Song" earned them a place in the regional
semi-finals in early 2005 where they won the audience vote on the night for best
Late in 2005 - GLASS DARKLY released
their debut album, LOST PERSONS AREA. Since this album was released, their drummer
was called to go down another path for the Lord, leaving them with 2 musician
spots to fill. The Lord, however is faithful, and by March 2006 they not only
had found a new drummer, but also a permanent keyboard wizard!
2006 New Members: Clive Matthew (Jamfool) and Tim Ebeneezer
Matthew (Jamfool): The band's new drum
player, known as Jamfool,
has plenty of experience and talent. Clive has been
a session drummer
for many years and has played with bands like M people.
Ebeneezer: The new keyboard artist for GLASS DARKLY fills the vacant position,
bringing his talents to play for the ever developing sound of GLASS DARKLY.
first gig with all five members was opening for the band, SUPER HERO, in Bangor,
All five of GLASS DARKLY: David Painter,
Graham Walker, Tim Ebeneezer, Clive Matthew and Martyn Casserly are committed
to performing professionally and passionately for the Lord, pointing "to
the glory and wonder of God through lyrics inspired by a passion for his name."
GLASS DARKLY look forward to continue in their
music ministry, being led and empowered by the Lord. As we speak, David Painter
and the band have been busy writing new songs for their 2nd album, for future
concerts, and tours as well. They have invested some money in equipment, and look
forward to future opportunities to not only bless believers but also to "impact
the lives of those who don't yet know him."
rock / worship Christian music enthusiasts outside
of the United Kingdom have discovered the music of GLASS DARKLY. GLASS DARKLY
will come to the United States on their first American tour in the Fall of 2006.
Band Members of GLASS DARKLY who created this album:
DARKLY: Lost Persons Area
Painter: (David Painter is
far left, with really short hair. He has since grown it out.)
Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, lyricist & songwriter.
Painter has been song writing since his teen years, when he composed songs for
his father's church. He has a gift to express so well the messages found in these
collection of songs.
Considered "the cornerstone
of the band in many ways," always has new songs and lyrics formulating in
his mind. Started to compose worship songs as a teenager for his pastor dad's
church. "Currently works part-time for a press agency which helps to finance
his long-term commitments to the GD cause."
volunteers his musical gifts at Church For The City in London. David
married the love of his life, Charlie, in 2001, and they have 3 young sons.
Casserly:(2nd left, curly red hair) Lead Guitar
being in the band, Martyn writes for a guitar magazine. He is married
to the love of his life, Naomi, who together lead a study group at the Church
For The City and raise their daughter, Aisa. "My
life is very busy, but I wouldn’t swap it for anybody else’s."
Musical influences include:
Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Slash, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Edge, Bob Dylan, Talking
Heads, Led Zep, Dave Gilmour, Gary Moore - plus pretty much any other guitarist
with something interesting to play.
Influences: "People I know – Pete Turnbull, who helped get me to church in
the first place; Dez Gray, who helped me through the early ‘up and down’ years;
Dave Nunn, the pastor of our church, and generally impressive Christian; Eric
Biggs, a wonderful example of how any Christian should aspire to be, who sadly
passed away a few years back."
Walker: (Center, 3rd from left) Bass * He has
the distinction of being the 3rd bass player in GLASS DARKLY's 5 year history.
"Considered a bit of a musical prodigy…not only player of bass, but also
guitar, keyboards, drums, sax, and trumpet."
first instrument that he wowed people with was the trumpet in the 1980's. The
former bassist for the group, Wednesday’s Child, Graham joined the band in 2004. He attends a London Church and is an active member.
Graham married the love of his life, Kerry, in 2003.
influences include: "Loads of 60’ acts - Beatles, Kinks, the Who, Stevie
Wonder, U2, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Jamiroquai. Bassists – John Entwistle."
Oldham: (In green shirt) Drums - A talented drummer who
had been with the band for four years, providing immense contributions. Roger
has been called down another path and left GLASS DARKLY after this CD was completed.
"Shortly before the completion of the
album, God spoke to Rog about leaving the band. We respect his obedience and know
that God's will is more important than our own desires."
About Their Music
Martyn Casserly shares
with ChristianMusic.com about their creative
process in writing / composing songs: "Dave
usually writes the lyrics and some chords. He brings them to rehearsal and we
listen and then play around with the music to try and make something out of it.
During the recording of our album we had, for probably the first time, a real
opportunity to write the best parts for the songs that we could."
Martyn continues, "I found the process very liberating, because it can be
hard to write something complicated when the other guys in the band want to press
on and not spend the best part of an hour listening to me come up with a great
solo. It just isn’t practical, so the recording process allows us that freedom,
which is great."
Martyn reflects upon
his favorite musical segments found in the compositions of these songs.
are a few parts I am quite proud of on the album. The end solo section on "King
of the World" was done in one take, which I was very pleased with. I had spent
the previous day fasting for that solo and thanked God all the way home after
listening back to it."
to "Perfect Love" and the end section where all new and written late on in the
recording process, as was the final uplifting riff in "I can hear". I think if
we had recorded the album in a professional studio (with all the costs that entails)
we wouldn’t have come with something as good as we have now. Time was the most
precious thing that doing it all ourselves gave us, and we hope that we have used
Closer look at David Painter * Graham Walker * Martyn
It is always encouraging
to see how dedicated Christian musicians grew in their spirituality and gifts
to the decision to be in a Christian ministry for the Lord.
Casserly, Graham Walker and David Painter share with ChristianMusic.com, their
early life, and their individual faith journeys.
Casserly begins, "I
was born in London, June 1972, and still live there today. The only child of Julie
and Frank Casserly, we lived in a small council flat not far from London Bridge.
My school was a local catholic one that had strong links with the RC church nearby.
Both of my parents were Irish Catholics and I dutifully followed along, but never
really had any real interest in church."
took up the guitar on my 17th birthday, when I bought one with money from my first
full time job – working for a bank. It was a pretty cheap Hohner Arbor series
Les Paul copy that, with hindsight, was not a very good instrument at all – but
it allowed me to practice and make an awful racket in my bedroom."
continues his story about how he was a seeker himself and explains how he found
the Lord, sharing his testimony with ChristianMusic.com.
this time I had given up my pretense of attending church and spent more time in
the pub and just generally hanging out with my friends. I left the bank (which
I had hated) and then spent the next few years moving from job to job (including:
working in an animal lab, a telesalesman, a computer engineer, a garbage man at
London Zoo, bookshops, record shops, and even a brief stint in the Royal Navy)."
this time I searched spiritually for something to believe in. I adopted evolutionary
theory as my mantra for a while after reading Richard Dawkins’ books, dabbled
in Buddhism, looked into paganism, and the occult in general. Each of these things
held interest for me in different ways, but nothing really satisfied; they weren’t
the complete package.
parents had split up a few years before, probably fueling my lack of certainty
or direction, and maybe given me any excuse to live my life any way I saw fit.
It was only after a couple of neighbors in a new apartment block I’d moved into
invited me around for a coffee that things started to change."
were both Christians and were not apologetic about it, which I found kind of interesting.
Although I didn’t believe their take on life, I found them decent people and we
made friends. They had a guy staying with them called Darren Kennedy, who had
been out playing football and came back in all muddy. I wanted to get back into
playing again so I asked if I could join the team and he said I could and that
he’d knock for me next week."
team turned out to be from the local church and I enjoyed both the football and
the company, making good friends with the guys in no time at all. Gradually over
the next 5 years, over various nights in the pub chatting and just through getting
to know the guys, I came to see a difference in them to others I had met. They
dealt with their problems in different ways, were consistent in their faith, and
generally were just good people."
the end I accepted an invitation to witness a baptism at their church, and the
meeting had a strange effect on me. I remember calling one of the guys (Pete Turnbull)
and asking to meet up with him for a drink and a chat about what I had seen. I
returned the following week and was struck by a preach about Paul, and how if
he knew that Jesus wasn’t who he said he was, that he wouldn’t have been able
to cope with all the things that were thrown at him. This made sense to me, and
at the same time troubled me. I didn’t want to find this God, I wanted a more
exotic and mysterious God. I guess what I didn’t want, was to find the truth,
and then have to accept it."
went back again to the church with the promise to myself, and challenge to God,
that if he was real he would have to prove himself to me – otherwise I wouldn’t
come back. At the start of the meeting someone brought a prophetic word saying
that God was trying to speak to somebody here, and that all they had to do was
open their heart to him. I felt pulled by this, but didn’t know what ‘opening
your heart’ meant, so I sat there and thought about this. Eventually while a song
was playing I asked God if he was real I wanted to know – and then I felt a wave
of pain and sadness wash over me, I felt alone and just started to weep. I guess
God had answered my first real prayer."
had revealed the pain in his heart of being separated from me, and this had overcome
my arrogance and pride. I quickly surrendered my life to him and have lived in
the knowledge of his love or me ever since. Amen!
Walker - Bassist
was born in Aylesbury but grew up in Enfield, North London. My parents are both
Christians and they dragged me along to church in my teenage years - but at that
time Christianity never felt real to me. I was only going out of habit and to
see my friends. At the age of about 16 I started getting into alcohol – going
out to pubs/clubs/parties and getting drunk. At 19 I went off to University in
Manchester and carried on living a hedonistic lifestyle."
to worry though, the Lord had his eye on Graham, not willing to let go, and patiently
waited for Graham to come back on the reservation. Seeds of faith had been planted
a long time ago, and the Lord personally reached out to Graham in hard circumstances.
shares his personal testimony with ChristianMusic.com
during these times was always something in the back of my mind that I couldn’t
shift – that there was a God who was interested in me. And I remember some very
specific times where I felt Gods presence and peace in difficult situations."
I came back from University there were certain things going on in my life where
I saw people living their lives for God – even through real pain. I knew then
that God was real and I had to recommit my life to him. That was about 7 years
ago now. Since then its been still been a hard journey, where God keeps showing
me parts of my life that I hadn’t given up to Him. Kerry, my wife of 2 years,
has probably been my biggest source of guidance and strength."
Painter - Vocals/Rhythm
guitar / songwriter / Lyricist
David was blessed
to be born into a pastor's home, with parents who loved the Lord, and who were
great influences on David's spiritual development.
was born in Nottingham, Uk, 8th August 1978. This is where I grew up. My father
was the Pastor of a church. I am the eldest of four brothers. I first remember
making a commitment to Jesus with my dad when I was 5 years old. In my parents
I feel blessed that God gave me great role models and over the years my faith
has grown and increased as a direct result of their obedience to God. My parents
aren’t perfect by any means but were never pretentious and their faith was and
is one of the most genuine I have seen."
parents lived their faith, practicing God's love in practical ways.
used to live in a big house with lots of rooms that they would let out free of
charge. All sorts of folk from various backgrounds such as recovering drug addicts,
prostitutes trying to get off the street, and pretty much anyone needing a safe
place would be invited to stay with us. This was how my parents demonstrated the
unconditional love of God and the practical example of Jesus’ passion for the
lost that I grew up with."
love of music happened at the age of 13, when he was bitten by the guitar bug.
I was thirteen years old I picked up a guitar for the first time. I’d had organ
and piano lessons when I was younger but I’d never had the motivation to stick
at it. I began to play and just got hooked. I would practice for at least an hour
a day but I was never that interested in playing for the sake of playing. More
than anything I wanted to write and create songs."
and creating music gave David a wonderful way of expressing himself, and drawing
closer to the Lord in the process.
was always a very shy kid and hated speaking in public or even in large groups.
At school I avoided speaking aloud or voicing an opinion in class and would even
physically clam up if ever asked to read aloud."
"All of a sudden I felt a new found confidence expressing myself through
music. Music enhanced my relationship with God and also allowed me the privilege
of ministering to others. I began to get involved in worship leading and initially
wrote a few simple church songs that I introduced on a Sunday morning."
parents encouraged his musical gifts
father encouraged me in this and when I was 15 he told me that when I was born
he and my mother had received a prophecy that I would be a psalmist like King
David in the Old Testament. For this reason they called me David. I remember feeling
at that time full of purpose and an amazing sense of security in the knowledge
that God knew everything about me and had complete control over my future."
moved to London when I was 18 to study the bible and work voluntarily for an inner
city church called City Hope. It is here that I met my wife, Charlie, who I married
in 2001. We now have three children (yes, it is possible), Harry, Eli and Reuben."
Julie Carr for ChristianMusic.com
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