Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s (almost, depending on who you ask) Springtime……and love is in the air 🙂
And did you know that the start of the year is the busiest time of year for wedding bookings? Christmas engagements, couples going into ‘organisation mode’ following the madness of the party season, all these factors combine to make January a whirlwind month for suppliers. That means it’s a busy time for you too as you plan your wedding, and you may be feeling a little overwhelmed with all the decisions you have to make and suppliers you have to engage with. To help you along the way, we’ve got an exciting new video series where members of The Gospel Project share their top tips for choosing music and personal favourites!
If there’s one thing we really love, it’s performing at wedding ceremonies. And when we couldn’t do it, during the lockdowns, it only made us – and, we hope, audiences – appreciate all the more that there’s no substitute for live music.
Here’s a little snippet of the finale from a special gig we did for Valentine’s Day last year, lifting the audience Higher & Higher…….. This is one of our most popular wedding songs, a particularly great choice for the exit.
Understandably, some people imagine that gospel music is only for churches, but actually in recent years we’ve been raising the roof at more and more non-religious celebrations. As long as you’re looking for joyful, energetic music, it doesn’t matter whether yours is a Humanist celebration, a civil ceremony, or whether you’re one of the 1,800 people who identified as Jedi on the most recent Irish census – we’re the group for you.
In fact, weddings are the reason The Gospel Project originally formed, in 2004. Our founder, Cathy, has been on the gospel music scene since gospel choirs were a new thing in Ireland, and saw an opening for a dedicated professional ensemble who could meet the demand for joyful music at wedding ceremonies. Although our remit has expanded considerably since then, we are first and foremost committed to performing the finest of vocal harmonies for weddings all over Ireland. If we say so ourselves, we’re very good at it. But we don’t just say so ourselves! Check out what clients have to say about us in the testimonials below; you’ll see we’re in a league of our own if customer feedback is anything to go by. If you want to be sure we didn’t write them ourselves, see what Google thinks! Just click here
So if you’d like this unique ensemble to be a part of your day, or if you have any questions at alll, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re nice 🙂
And why not check out some of our great posts on all things to do with wedding music? We have almost 20 years experience of playing at weddings, and we’ve picked up a gem of wisdom or two along the way! You’ll find loads of useful tips on planning the music for your wedding celebration, whether gospel music is your thing or not!
Who would we be booking?
Uniquely on the Irish gospel scene, The Gospel Project is not a subset from a larger choir, but a standalone ensemble comprised of professional musicians. That’s a 6-piece outfit comprised of our 5 superb singers (3 female, 2 male) plus piano player, with the vocalists also playing various instruments including guitar, percussion and violin. Everything we do is live, with no backing tracks and no cheating! You can also check out our Members page to find out more about who’d be singing at your ceremony – you can even choose particular soloists!
Why is The Gospel Project the perfect group for our wedding celebration?
Here’s 5 reasons why you should book The Gospel Project for your wedding ceremony……
1) Talent & professionalism:
Each member of the ensemble is a hugely talented performer in their own right, and collectively we guarantee you will not find better. We’ve been providing gospel music for wedding ceremonies throughout Ireland for 19 years so far. In addition to our 5 superb vocalists (3 female, 2 male) and our piano player, our talents run to playing percussion, violin, and guitar – meaning as well as roof-raising gospel tunes we can provide a wide variety of music in alternative genres.
2) What you see is what you get:
Uniquely on the Irish gospel scene, The Gospel Project is not a subset of a larger choir but a standalone 6-piece ensemble. Barring occasional substitutions to allow for holidays or illness, it is always the same 6 people. We’re all professional, full-time musicians, we create all of our own vocal arrangements and everything we do is performed live.
3) Your ceremony should be fun:
Gospel music is fun, uplifting and makes your wedding ceremony feel like a true celebration.
4) Tailor-made vocal arrangements:
We don’t purchase generic vocal arrangements, we create them all ourselves. So if you have a specific song you’d like to walk down the aisle to that is not part of our repertoire, we will arrange it especially for your wedding ceremony in 6-part harmony. This musical arrangement is then unique to your ceremony
5) We’re nice.
Seriously, you’ll find us very pleasant to deal with. Like we say, we really care about this – your big day is our big day. We take pride in providing a friendly and professional service to all our clients in the lead-up to their celebrations, and we will always get back to you promptly with any questions you may have.
So what are you waiting for? Contact Cathy today on 087-6361314 for a quote or for more details!
In this video, we talk about what the lockdowns were like for musicians, and what we missed most about weddings –
Here’s a snippet of just some of the positive feedback we’ve had from delighted customers at weddings over the years:
Our guests were blown away. Cathy is amazing to work with!
Aishlyn & Gary, June 2022
The Gospel Project were really the perfect ceremony band. They were very flexible and easy-going, and then delivered really great music on the day. They really added to our day and I couldn’t say enough about them
Rory & Michelle, September 2021
The Gospel Project performed at our wedding ceremony in September 2020. The music was so uplifting and was absolutely excellent. Almost everyone attending commented on how brilliant they were. They added so much atmosphere and energy to the wedding ceremony. Cathy was a huge help throughout and was always on hand with various recommendations and advice when we needed it. Even our priest complimented their professionalism, both beforehand and on the day. They were without doubt one of the highlights of the day. We cannot recommend them highly enough.
Ian and Shona, September 2020
I don’t know where to start. Thank You all so much for the wonderful music you provided at our wedding ceremony. My heart skipped a beat when yee began to sing me down the aisle. What you have created with The Gospel Project is something special and you should be very proud. Yee are all gifted musicians. You were wonderful to deal with and incredibly professional. Everyone was absolutely raving about the music.
We feel privileged to have had yee sing at our wedding. It was by far my highlight of the day and we will cherish the memories.
Fintan & Grainne, September 2019
Best decision we made!!
They were simply breathtaking and captured the joyful feeling of our wedding ceremony in song.
The elation of hearing the opening chords of ‘Oh happy day’ before walking down the aisle, their breathtaking rendition of ‘How Great Thou Art’ and learning two new songs very dear to us to include in the ceremony are just a couple of the highlights.
Cathy was so accommodating and lovely to deal with from our first contact. We can’t recommend them highly enough and neither can our friends or family who were full of compliments towards The Gospel Project. Thank you for bringing such beautiful joy, energy and talent to our wedding.
The Gospel Project provided a professional service from beginning to end, which provided us with complete confidence that we were in safe hands and with talented performers. From the moment the choir started, the congregation silenced and we knew our wedding service was going to be just magical on NYE. We always wanted a gospel choir and The Gospel Project did not disappoint. They were superb and the feedback from guests was so positive. My one piece of advice – just book them.
I want to say a huge thank you to Cathy & The Gospel Project for their services on our big day. The music was absolutely fabulous and just perfect. It much exceeded our expectations. So many of our guests commented on the day and since continue to comment on how beautiful the choir were. Our Priest also passed comment on how lovely and professional Cathy & the choir were. Cathy was such a huge help to me in the run up to the day, she offered so much advice & recommendations for hymns/songs – which really is a huge help if you are unsure on song choice etc. No question or query went unanswered. If you are looking for something different and unique for your wedding day then The Gospel Project is the group for you. As well as traditional hymns they offer a huge range of roof-raising songs which will really get your guests involved in the celebrations. I just can’t say enough wonderful things about The Gospel Project, they’re truly amazing!!!
Kate + Barry, 1st September 2017
Thank you for the most beautiful music at my daughters wedding . It made a very special day even more special . The choice of songs ,the violin , the singing was beautiful . Actually if we were to change anything it would be to have more ! Thank you so much .
Niamh Hanratty, May 2017
I would highly recommend The Gospel Project. From first contact Cathy couldn’t have been more friendly or helpful, especially when it came to choosing songs and deciding where each song should go during the mass. They did such an amazing job singing at our wedding on Easter Sunday. The music was so beautiful and everyone has been talking about it since. They really made our ceremony so special – it was everything we’d hoped for and more.
Rory + Geraldine, April 2017
The Gospel Project really made our wedding a truly special, joyous, romantic, and fun occasion. From the moment we got in touch with Cathy we knew we were in safe hands. She is so friendly and was always ready to answer any of our questions. The Gospel Project even learned a song for us for the entrance and it was fabulous. My sister joined the group for the psalm which was really special for us and Cathy and the rest of the group were really accommodating with this for us. All of our wedding guests were really excited by the ceremony music, they loved it and it really set a happy and fun tone for the day. It was such a wonderful, perfect highlight and I can’t recommend The Gospel Project highly enough!
Amanda + Sean, November 2016
This is very belated but I just want to say a huge thank you to all of you for the amazing job you did at our wedding, we were blown away by the music- not just ourselves but so many guests were complimenting Ye and asking who Ye were!! I will be recommending you to lots of people!! Also thank you for the great service you provided the whole way through. I can’t wait to get the video so we can hear it all again! Ye were amazing and fantastic to work with, thank you so much for making our wedding ceremony so special!
Maire + Mark, September 2016
I’m so happy we chose the gospel project for our wedding day they made the church feel so special. Their sound and harmonies were beautiful and uplifting and I received so many great comments from my guests. Many of my guests said they felt like clapping after every song.
Ann Marie & Patrick, May 2016
The Gospel Project made our day! I would highly recommend them to any couples considering music for their Ceremony. The music was so uplifting and beautiful and Cathy was so helpful in the weeks beforehand and was available to answer any questions we had. The music was perfect!
Lisa & Alan, November 2015
Cannot say enough good things about the gospel project and what lovely friendly people they are to deal with! I am still getting complements almost daily about the ceremony music and so happy to recommend them on. They set a happy tone for the whole day and I’m just delighted to have had them at my wedding, I’m now dying to see the DVD to hear them again 🙂
Michelle & Richard, March 2015
What can I say you guys were amazing!!!!! You were even better than I expected you to be, I can’t thank you enough!
I hope you get some repeat business out of this as everyone was talking about you and asking who you were. Amazing! Thank you so much for contributing to make our day so special!
Rachel & Philip, December 2014
The music was absolutely fantastic we knew that you would be good after watching your Facebook video but your music completely blew us and all of our guests away. All of the guests commented on the ceremony and especially your performance. Thank you so much for being a huge part of our ceremony.
Nathan and Cliona, November 2014
I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you so much for the wonderful wedding music you guys gave us. It made the ceremony so special. I knew it was going to be good after hearing you but adding the new songs and church atmosphere made it so special for us And everyone was talking about you guys for the rest of the day. Thank you for being so professional & helpful to deal with! I will be recommending you to any of my friends who are getting married!!
Sara & Paul, August 2014
I just wanted to say thanks for the amazing singing at our wedding on the 21/8. The amount of compliments you guys got from our guests was unreal!
I thought you guys were absolutely fabulous! From the minute I contacted you you were so lovely and easy to deal with. The song choices you recommended were perfect and the song you learnt for us was great. The singing in the church started the day on a really beautiful, relaxed note and I think gave the day a happy, fun vibe right from the start. I was so pleased with the music, I absolutely loved it. Thank you so much. I will be recommending you to any friends who are getting married!
Lizzie & Darragh
Cannot recommend this group enough! Similar to other comments they set the tone for the whole day, everyone was raving about you guys – there was even a few who said they wanted to get up and dance! They add something different to the regular church songs and created a fantastic atmosphere in the church. The church unfortunatly also mixed up our start time the day before the wedding causing me some stress 🙂 but the group were highly accomodating, arriving at the church 3 hrs earlier to practise the new songs they were going to play for us on the day. I would love to be arranging another event in order to hire them again! Thanks so much again X
We just want to say a massive thank you to The Gospel Project. You guys were absolutely amazing and really made our marriage ceremony the favourite part of our day. Our guests were blown over your performance and everyone complemented you. Thanks so much!
Eimear & James, November 2013
The best gospel choir I’ve heard in this country
Shay Casserly, Wedding Videographer (http://www.shaycassvideo.com/)
I can’t let another day go by without thanking The Gospel Project for epic, uplifting and soulful music at our wedding ceremony in Moneenroe on Sept 7th. You had my head swinging, my heart lifted and my soul smiling! I can honestly say ye along with the priest made our ceremony very special, Eoin & myself truly felt the love & warmth on that day. I have had three of my friends ask for your details as they were so moved by the music. So keep up the fantastic work and sharing the gifts ye have been given!! Warm wishes
Julie-Anne & Eoin Kelly, September 2013
Just a quick note to say a huge thank you for your performance at our wedding last month.The quality of the singing on the day was absolutely amazing and to say that we and our guest were blown away would be an understatement.
Ye were so professional in all our dealings with ye from start to finish and we really couldn’t have being happier with the music at the wedding, it really helped make the day so special
Your singing put everyone in such good form for the day and our guest couldn’t have being more complementary about ye
We’d highly recommend ye to anybody considering the music for their wedding ceremony and we hope to see ye at such an occasion again sometime
All the best
Orla & Cathal, 16th September 2011
We had the Gospel Project play at our wedding ceremony this past month and they were truly AMAZING! They really made our wedding! The guests really really loved them and were talking about them all day. The lively and beautiful music really got them all going. If its the only thing you splash out on I would pay for these guys! Trim off chair covers and other unnecessaries to have them…thats what I would say. Cathy is so helpful with the layout of the mass booklet and has endless patience with any questions. My favourite song was our communion choice of Bruce Springsteens version of When the Saints go Marching… I was speechless! I would not hesitate in recommending them.
Terry, July 2010
Oh my God, what a performance! We had the Gospel Project perform at our wedding ceremony last month and along with all the guests were blown away by them. From the the very start with dealing with them they were amazing and very helpful to us in picking our song choices .We would also reccomend to have them sing any psalms during the ceremony as it made even more special. We would have no hesitation in reccomending the Gospel Project to anyboby and believe us when we say that you will not be dissappointed!
Brian & Ruth, July 2010
WOW WOW WOW Ye were all we wanted and more THANK YOU ALL SOOOOOO MUCH everybody is still talking about ye as being the highlight of the wedding, the church was swaying and ye began the party for us perfectly! Thanks so much Cathy for all your help with choosing the songs and all your voices were so amazing we were blown away by every song.
Leona & Alan, December 2009
I just wanted to thank the members of The Gospel Project for making our wedding day so special. You have no idea how happy we were with your service, we loved each and every song and everything went according to plan, as we discussed. Guests spent all day commenting on how brilliant you were. It really was wonderful and made our ceremony very special and personal.
You were a pleasure to deal with from beginning to end we will happily recommend you to any future bride and grooms!
Best wishes for the future,
Sharon & Eddie, December 2007