As most of you know, I am at present involved in two writing projects that are very different and I pray for Gods inspiration and guidance as I daily set my mind on both.

One is the ‘Coping with Cancer’ book which Irene and I at last feel able to write, Irene from the carers point of view and myself of course from the patients perspective. This is coming on so well, totally honest and I believe going to bless / surprise many when published in the next few months. More about the book later.

The other of course is the new Scripture Song album which is zooming along and I’m writing lots of songs that work and are doing exactly what I hoped they would do! What do I mean by that…well even after writing them and listening back to them just a couple of times..they are already solidly stuck in my memory and buzzing around my brain…just like Hebrews 11 v 6 did for some of you.

I will choose 20 of the songs for the first album and save the many others for Vol 2, 3 etc!.Now I haven’t mentioned about funding it for a while so please forgive me if I give that another quick mention.

I know you’ve sent me many suggestions of how I could raise the £4,000 needed, which I still might have to pursue at a later date, but I’m still feeling that there may be a few Christians out there who have been wonderfully blessed by God financially and may want to help support the funding of this album because they can see the importance of investing in something that is going to help so many people young and old, both learn and remember Gods Word.

No, it’s not going to be a best seller or financially ‘successful’ but it will be a resource that will not date and I believe will bless people for many years to come just like my previous Scripture Song albums have.

Of course I could be wrong and we may need to do crowd funding or something similar, but I’m going to seek out any spiritual investors just one last time.

Please messenger or e mail me at

3 more songs added to my YouTube channel

Just to let you know that I have just put up 3 new music videos on my Ishmaels Music YouTube channel. Have you subscribed yet?

1) ‘You need power to be a Glorie’, one of my favourite Glorie songs.

2) ‘For the Lamb at the centre of the throne’. I love the words ‘and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes’ Rev 7 v 17

3) ‘The welcome song’. The best way to begin a service where all ages can relax, interact and welcome each other…after the Covid restrictions have been lifted of course!

Almighty God is here

Just to let you know that I have just put up a new music/video on my Ishmaels Music YouTube channel of me singing ‘Almighty God is here’.

I still love this old song as it contains both worship and reflection.

This song can be enjoyed with full band arrangement on two Ishmael albums ‘Training up the troops’ and a wonderful version with my buddy Andy Piercy singing it on ‘Songs & Hymns’. Both song and albums can be downloaded from Ish’s shop on his website

A new Scripture Song CD?

Dear friends,

Over the past few weeks I have been praying about something and I want to put out a few feelers to you to see if I should go ahead with an idea.Although I’ve written dozens of simple songs to help people to learn and memorise Bible verses, apart from the 52 track Scripture Song compilation, I’ve only released 2 albums specifically with that in mind. Scripture Praise Party in 1987 and Bible Belters in 1996.

I am now wondering, 24 years later, if it’s now time to do another Scripture Song album…. or maybe there is no longer the need for these short simple songs.I am planning that the album should have 25 tracks…. I’ve already written 25 but I’m going to continue to write a load more and just record the 25 that I feel are the best.

The trouble is, no company is going to want to pay for an album like this, especially after the past few very difficult months. They know it is not going to make them any money, in fact it’s unlikely to even cover its cost. One Christian organisation has said though that if I finance the recording they will sort out the cover, distribution etc. which is very kind of them.

I really don’t want to release an album that is just me strumming an acoustic guitar. I really do want make album 35 match up to my other albums especially Scripture Praise Party and Bible Belters with the songs professionally arranged and with professional musicians involved.I want people to enjoy listening to it as well as enjoy using it as a resource in their homes and churches.

So here’s the feelers.2 things.

1) Do you think I should go ahead and do this or is my idea now too dated after all these years? I really do not want to pursue something that is no longer going to help and bless people.

2) Maybe, just maybe there are one or two of you out there who have been blessed by God financially and feel that this is a project that you feel you would like to financially help support and sponsor.The basic budget I am looking for will roughly be £4,000 which of course is very low for a 25 track album but I think I could make it work for that sum.So, If the funding does comes in, and you tell me that there is still a need for Scripture learning songs I will believe that it right that I should go ahead with this new album. Actually, I feel rather excited about it!

Thank you so much for reading this and I would seriously value your prayers at this time.If you would like to know more about the funding, please could you e mail me at

Downloads only for non-UK countries

I apologise but due to the ever rising postal charges as from now postal deliveries will be limited just to the UK.

However, where ever you live in the world you can still enjoy all Ishmael’s CDs, songbooks, and most of the DVDs by downloading them.

Also please checkout and subscribe to the new Ishmaels Songs YouTube channel. Loads of Ish songs being added regularly and sung acoustically by Ish on video, great fun for all the family.