Singer, songwriter and author Garth Hewitt has been recording songs for nearly 40 years, and has released over 40 albums. Garth’s music and writings reflect a spirituality of hope and a simple way of life that rejects violence and affirms equality and human rights.
Garth's new album Justice like a river is an album of songs for worship on the theme of justice. It is a compilation album with songs from different stages of Garth's career including some new and some re-recorded. Garth is keen to see churches picking up issues of justice and action inspired by the lifestyle of Jesus. Garth commented, "This album could have a subtitle Occupy Worship. The Occupy movements have reminded us all of the need for fairer communities, where the division between rich and poor is not so great. The way of Jesus is a commitment to loving our neighbours and doing unto others as we would have them do to us and this should be part of the worship in our churches to inspire us to live this way."
Garth's rootsy storytelling songs are influenced by country, folk and blues and in 1988 Garth received the International Artist Award from the Gospel Music Association in Nashville.
In the past nearly 40 years Garth's songs have been covered by other artists including Sir Cliff Richard, who sang Garth's song, “A World of Difference” at Live Aid, and also recorded “Under the Influence (Now you see me…. now you don't)”.
A tribute album to Garth’s songwriting was also released in 2011, by other artists. Martyn Joseph covers “When Johnny Cash sang Man in black”, Reem Kelani “O Palestine”,Stu G (from Delirious?) Dance on Injustice, Paul Field “Under the Influence” and many more.
Garth is the Guild Vicar of All Hallows on the Wall in the City of London - a centre for organisations involved in issues of justice and art. He is also an honorary Canon of St George's Cathedral, Jerusalem. In 2006 he was given special creditation by the House of Poets in Ramallah, West Bank for his 'positive attitude towards the Palestinian people and their struggle towards freedom and justice'. He is also a Patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Martin Smith from Delirious? recently spoke warmly of the influence of Garth & his music:
'I remember being at Greenbelt Festival when I was a kid and seeing Garth Hewitt on stage. He was banging on about Christians having a heart for the poor and saving the world and frankly I didn't get any of it. Garth has always been ahead of his time and we are all catching up with what God has been saying through Garth for the last 30 years. I wish I had listened closer standing in that field, but it sometimes takes a lifetime to recognise a true prophet. It is people like Garth who make us look at the world differently and realise what it is to be a true Christian.'
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