Edinburgh-based worship leader, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Fiona Crow combines music ministry with her job as a Music Therapist. Fiona is the Worship Director at Edinburgh Elim and alongside her bass-playing husband and young family she has served there for over 10 years. She leads worship at a variety of wider church events throughout the year including ESST, Colours for Women and Bethel’s ‘European Leaders Advance’. She writes and records as part of Elim’s worship collective ‘Elim Sound’ as well releasing albums as a solo artist. Fiona is passionate about the power of music to communicate to the heart of the listener and her prayer is that her music leads others into a deeper encounter with the Father Heart of God.
Masterpiece (2nd Album Launch)
"Masterpiece" release date: 30/11/18
With such a bold title for her second album you could be forgiven for thinking that Fiona is indeed growing in confidence with this new release, building on the success of her 2015 album ‘Made to Love’. The title track ‘Masterpiece’ in fact explores Ephesians 2:10, and echoes the timeless C.S. Lewis quote “We are, not metaphorically, but in very truth, a divine work of art”. Fiona continues to develop her craft as a songwriter for the contemporary church with many of the songs from the album being birthed in the live spontaneous worship at her home church, Edinburgh Elim. Fiona continues to write alongside her Elim Sound family with Suzanne Hanna and Sam Blake credited as co-writers on this release. In tracks such as “Father Heart”, “Citizen of Heaven” and “Masterpiece” Fiona finds herself neatly in that space between modern worship vocalist and singer-songwriter. “Father Heart” was a souvenir from a recent holiday in Nashville where Fiona paired up with fellow singer-songwriter Shelly Moore to pen a moving exploration of the prodigal son story.
For the first time ever Fiona has included a cover version in a release. Samuel Lane’s “All my love” was recorded as a live video shoot alongside two other tracks. “I wanted this album to feel natural. I wanted it to reflect how I make music week in week out in a live band setting. We recorded ‘in the round’ for the live tracks but we also tracked as a band for the studio songs. It was so much more creative that way”.
Geoff Howlett (Never for Nothing)
Edinburgh-based worship leader, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Fiona Crow combines music ministry with her job as a Music Therapist. Fiona is the Worship Director at Edinburgh Elim and alongside her bass-playing husband and young family she has served there for over 10 years. This release is the follow up to her 2015 album “Made to Love” and contains 10 tracks. Vocally, Fiona has a touch of Kristene DiMarco about her, while I liken her musical style to that of Manchester’s Krystyna Myles. From the opening “Citizen of Heaven” Fiona’s piano figures prominently throughout the album. “Whole Life Praise” is a touching song about letting your whole life praise the Lord. “All My Love” is quite slow in tempo, but is nicely delivered by Fiona. “Be Moved” and Father Heart” go together quite well, and I particularly enjoyed Scott Macleod’s guitar work on the latter. The title track is, for me, the best song on the album. Production is first class and it really is a “Masterpiece.” Beginning with simple piano phrases, Fiona sings from a deep love in Christ, and celebrates being alive in Him. There’s quite a wealth of good songs here, closing with “Be Still,” a song for soaking in God’s love and presence. Fiona may be a new name to many on the UK scene but this album should see her making positive waves in Christian music. 9/10.