RICHARDS, Noel. b. 1955. Richards is a Welsh singer-songwriter, guitarist and worship leader. His songs belong to the modern evangelical tradition and are characterised by direct language and strong rhythmic profiles. Among his best known songs are ‘All heaven declares’ and ‘You laid aside your majesty.’ The former, first published in 1987, has gained widespread popularity, and still features prominently in lists of most-used hymns and songs (http://www.ccli.co.uk/resources/top25.cfm, accessed 19/11/2012). His music has featured in the Mission Praise and Songs of Fellowship series and is represented in a range of denominational hymnals. Several of his works are jointly credited to Richards...
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