Kendrick began his songwriting career in the late sixties. His most enduring accomplishment is his authorship of the words and music for the song, "Shine, Jesus, Shine", which is among the most widely heard songs in contemporary Christian worship worldwide. His other songs have been primarily used by worshippers in Britain. Kendrick is a co-founder of the March for Jesus. He received a Dove Award in 1995 for his international work. In 2000, Brunel University awarded Kendrick an honorary doctorate in Divinity ('DD') in "recognition of his contribution to the worship life of the Church". He was awarded another DD in May 2008, from Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada.
Although now best known as a worship leader and writer of worship songs, Graham Kendrick began his career as a member of the Christian beat group Whispers of Truth. Later, he began working as a solo concert performer and recording artist in the singer/songwriter tradition. He was closely associated with the organisation Musical Gospel Outreach and recorded several albums for their record labels. On the first, Footsteps on the Sea, released in 1972, he worked with the virtuoso guitarist Gordon Giltrap.
Kendrick worked for a time as a member of "In The Name Of Jesus," the ground-breaking mission team led by the Rev. Clive Calver. Calver went on to run British Youth for Christ and the Evangelical Alliance, and then left the UK for the Evangelical Church in the U.S. Kendrick, however, has remained firmly fixed in the UK church, as probably the most influential Christian songwriter of his generation.
Kendrick also released "Let the Flame Burn Brighter" as a single in 1989, which reached 55 in the UK Singles Chart.
He is a member of Compassionart, a charity founded by Martin Smith from Delirious?.
Shine, Jesus, Shine is regularly highly-placed in hymn popularity polls. Fellow songwriter and former Kendrick bandmember Stuart Townend says "I have no doubt that in 100 years time the name of Kendrick will be alongside Watts and Wesley in the list of the UK’s greatest hymnwriters". Kendrick also has his critics, among them Quentin Letts, who has described him as "the king of happy-clappy banalities" and "the nation's pre-eminent churner-outer of evangelical bilge".
Graham Kendrick. (2009, December 27). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 04:00, January 6, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Graham_Kendrick&oldid=334305032
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