Delirious? 2007 - Review of the Year (Delirious.org.uk)
Last modified: 31 Dec 2007
Author: Dave Wood
Date: 31 Dec 2007
Delirious? started 2007 with a January trip to Asia
, visiting Singapore to lead worship at a two day event at City Harvest Church, before moving on to India for concerts in Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai.
February was a month without travel for the band, so they concentrated on starting work on their new studio album. The process was to take them most of the year, fitting in studio time in between tours around the globe. The fruits of those efforts will only be known in Spring 2008 when 'Kingdom Of Comfort' finally sees the light of day.
One of the biggest US Tours Delirious? have ever been involved in took place in March, as the 24-Date Worship Revolution Tour
got under way. With Rebecca St. James and Vicky Beeching along for the ride, the tour covered the entire breadth of the US. Delirious? had to start the tour without poor Tim Jupp who was forced to stay at home in the UK to recover from two operations on his appendix.
By mid-April the Worship Revolution Tour had come to an end
, leaving the band with a few more weeks of studio time before they again hit the road in May to perform in Holland, Italy and UK
. May also contained a 4-date tour of Canada
, a performance at California's Spirit West Coast Festival and the release of a new book titled "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever". Delirious? were then honoured with the Gospel Music Association's prestigious 'International Award'
at the 38th Annual Dove Awards ceremony held in Nashville, Tennessee during May and Martin even found time to appear alongside Aled Jones on BBC Radio 2's Good Morning Sunday
June and July saw Delirious? perform a handful of concerts in the UK plus a week long tour to Mexico and USA
. August turned out to be one of the most memorable months in the band's history. Taking 5 wives, 16 children and 6 crew on a tour of Asia to see things that will remain in their thoughts forever. Firstly another trip to the comparative luxury of Singapore to play in front of 12,000 people at the Festival of Praise. Then contrasting with some heart wrenching experiences in the poverty of Cambodia where they witnessed children making a living on rubbish dumps. Then a stay in Indonesia, mixing a concert with a family holiday, before returning home for a headline performance at the UK's Greenbelt Festival.
September saw another visit to the USA, this time to Missouri, before a hectic October which involved concerts in Ukraine, Germany, South Africa and Russia, plus a performance at the UK's NEC Arena in Birmingham as part of The Gathering MAX event.
The much awaited Delirious.co.uk V3 website relaunch took place in November, coinciding with the release of the free download of 'God Is Smiling'
and the 8-date Omnisonic UK and Ireland tour
. As if that wasn't enough, Delirious? performed an exclusive 'Living Room' Gig at the London Embassy club
for just 100 fans where they showcased 6 new songs from 'Kingdom Of Comfort'.
Clearly not ones for an easy life, Martin and his wife Anna celebrated the birth of their Sixth Child
in December, with the arrival of Mary-Anna Merciful Smith. 10 days later Martin was back in action as Delirious? performed their traditional Christmas Show
in London to round off the year.