Ian Yates Returns With "Drop In The Ocean"

Ian Yates

UK-based worship leader Ian Yates returns with a brand new single entitled "Drop In The Ocean" today. This is the first of 2 singles from his new EP Battlelands Vol 2 due out January next year.

The Battlelands EP was recorded on the same sessions as Ian's previous album Between The Joy And The Sorrow. These songs have quite a different vibe and didn't really fit the album. They point much more towards the sound of his 2019 EP Deconstruction vol 1, so it was decided to give them their own place in the world. 

Ian is a Christian worship leader and songwriter from Liverpool, UK. He leads musical worship at his home church Bootle Elim and is part of Elim Sound, the national worship department for the Elim movement. Ian is married to Kate, they have 3 young children, Jackson, Elijah and Abiah.  

His 2014 album DNA reached number 5 in the Official UK Christian Chart and won contemporary album of the year in NFN's annual awards. In 2015 he co-wrote the song "No Longer I" with 2-time Grammy winner Matt Redman which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London on Redman's Unbroken Praise album. In 2016 his song "Highwire" reached number 1 in the UK Christian 'A Step Fwrd' chart. His 2020 album Mystery was received with glowing reviews and his song 'Loved By You' from that album has been streamed almost two million times. 

Ian's sixth studio album Between The Joy And The Sorrow was released in 2 parts. Part 1 dropped on June 24th 2022 with part 2 following on September 30th the same year. The album gained favourable reviews and the song "God You've Never Failed Me" was added to playlists across the USA on Christian radio, whilst the title track received airplay on BBC Music Introducing.

His songs have been shared on over 41,000 Spotify playlists including Spotify's own New Music Friday Christian, Calming Christian, Indie Spirit and Ultimate Christian Alternative. He has received radio airplay across his native UK as well as Europe, USA, Canada, South America, and Australia, proving himself to be one of the finest artists and songwriters in the present UK Christian and Gospel music scene.




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