Hope for justice event // 18 MAY 2019

What an amazing night at New Life  Prestwick for Hope for Justice. So many great artists took part in what proved to be a spectacular event…

Catching Fireflies kicked it all off in Style with a brilliant blues original track called ‘Lights’. They were backed by a stellar line up consisting of Danny Thomson (drums), Darren Kelly (lead guitar), Sean MacDonald (keyboards) and Ian Matchett (bass). This ‘house band’ were sensational all night. Catching Fireflies also played a magnificent emotive cover of Linkin Park’s ‘One more Light’ which seemed perfect for the evening, made even more special by the great footage on the side screens provided by Gary MacDonald.

There were a few poignant videos scattered throughout the night giving insight into the wonderful work Hope for Justice does in different parts of the world.

NLP took to the stage and lit it up with their cover of  ‘This is Living Now’ led by David Smith. ‘Love soaked heart’ summed up the need of the night and Sean MacDonald blew everyone away with amazing vocals on Hillsong’s fantastic song ‘So will I’. NLP did New Life Prestwick proud on the night.

There has to be a special mention for John Paul Porrelli and his great team on sound and media and the Hope for Justice Abolition group at New Life for making this event a great success.

Scott Nicol and Lorraine Handling with Gary MacDonald on Cajon tore it up with the lively ‘Like the best she’s Fearless’. Bernadette Matytsine  took centre stage as she spoke passionately about her recent involvement with H4J and sang so beautifully the ‘Hope for Justice ‘ single.

Lorraine Handling played her own original piece ‘You are beautiful’ which was a very fitting and tender moment in the evening. Then she tore the place apart with her soaring vocals on the Andra Day cover ‘Rise Up’, the house band were on fire and no wonder she got a standing ovation.

Olivia Campbell was electric on stage with her glorious covers of ‘ The Dog days are over’ by Florence and the Machine and ‘Don’t Kill my vibe’ by Sigrid. Lyrically they suited the mood of the event and she owned the stage and was a powerhouse to watch. She closed with the cry ‘I want to get out of here’ backed by the house band and the crowd  felt the power of the song, Olivia’s vocal delivery and a band on fire.

The song set it up perfectly for Pastor Jim Smith from New Life to welcome the guest speaker and one of the co-founders  of Hope for Justice ‘Tim Nelson’ who held the crowd wonderfully with his stories, statistics and video presentation on the sad reality of modern day slavery, but thankfully how we CAN make a difference.

The Night ended with David Smith and Sean MacDonald doing a sensational version of ‘For King and Country’s’ great song ‘Priceless’. Backed once more by the brilliant  house band and joined at the very end of the song by Olivia Campbell and Lorraine Handling . They brought the curtain down on an incredible night with these amazing words… ’I see you dressed in white , every wrong made right….oh so Priceless’

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