'Cataclysm is a musical masterpiece. I listen to it every night.. Every church across the Aust & NZ landscape should have a copy to enliven God's presence..' Rob Clemett, Penrith Sydney
'As a mental health professional, I recognise the trauma & courage evident in the unspoken dimensions of your testimony. I bless God for this because it has authenticity & power to strip away denial, to encourage & empower those feeling the least powerful, to press in & press on.' Robert Nielson, Wairoa, NZ
Did a 200 mile round trip on my own today to see a client and your CD blessed me loads, each time I listen to it different things either bless me or pole axe me before God. It is a truly great album. Jason Richards, UK
'A great service this morning at Crossroads, Browns Bay. I've seldom seen such honesty and sincerity in the House of God. Jules you were real, authentic, your words were anointed and ministered powerfully.' Chris McLoughen, Orewa NZ
'Cataclysm is awesome, anointed.' Maria Chapman, Glen Innes NSW Australia
'Wow. I have never experienced God so deeply before when I watched your dvd. My soul was crying out to Him as I sang the words of the songs. I really identified with 'Forgive Me'. It was if all the hurts were laid bare and given to God & I could understand real forgiveness, both from me and to me.' Jane Moreton, Cheviot NZ
'My husband and I watched your concert on ShineTV this week & were blessed by your songs. In fact, I've never seen in 31yrs my husband so moved as he was watching your concert.' Loraine, Napier, NZ
'There is a depth in your songs that is very rare in Christian music today. I'm convinced we only come to know Jesus in profound suffering. Thankyou.' Phil 3.10 YouTube Comment, Aug 10, 2011
'I must say with all my heart your music is very anointed & very powerful in the Spirit. Very seldom is my heart truly touched by the presence of the Holy Spirit (most music is just entertainment) but this is right out of the throne room!' Ps TC, Garland Texas.
'I watched your Catclysm Concert on ACC and love all your songs. I ordered the dvd & haven't stopped playing it. It is my daily prayer in the morning & at night. All the words & music you have put together take me to the real gates of heaven.' Amelia Riquelme, Sydney Australia
'I think BECAUSE OF THE CROSS is one of the greatest songs I have ever heard. I would love for my wife and I to sing it at our church. She had a double lung transplant in 2007, and is wanting us to sing this so we can honor our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I can't think of a better song to sing. Your work and ministry is wonderful. I have told everyone about the great music you have on God Tube. Keep up the good work.' Jim Kile, Springfield, Missouri, USA
'I would like to say how much I have been touched by your lyrics and beautiful music. Your 2 singers accompany your voice so angelicly and it makes me soar every time I hear them. I truely believe this is your best album to date, so full of emotion and expression. Thankyou so much for your ministry. The time God allowed you to be in the valley has shown how high he has brought you up.'
Jean Griffiths, Auckland NZ
'Jules your CD and DVD are fantastic. Well Done! Very professional and anointed. I'm sure your songs are and will minister to many. We don't go through the pain and suffering we go through for nothing. God can turn it to blessing in so many ways.' Libby Barnes, Hamilton, NZ
'Thank you so much for the fantastic CD and DVD, the concert came out gorgeous, and I'm extremely impressed with the production. Congratulations on successfully birthing Cataclysm, and I pray that God will use this project mightily for His Kingdom.' - Justin St Vincent, Spiritual Significance of Music: www.xtrememusic.org
'I was blown away watching the DVD. Having only heard Jules perform some of these songs solo in concert I wasnt prepared for the power of the full band experience. Very different, and very very enjoyable.' Ps Rob Holding, Katikati, NZ
'Thanks Jules. Adding your story before each song on youtube is just amazing mate. Bring tears to my eyes, very relatable. I pray that this inspires hundreds upon thousands even millions of people.' Ian Lewis, Lower Hutt, NZ
'Thank you for the songs, they are inspirational, expecially Wounded Spirit, which really spoke to me.' James Wu, facebook
'When I listened on cans I liked it all the more, finding musical, vocal and lyrical components I'd missed. In my opinion your voice is the best it's ever been (I thought the same when I heard you live). Will you be putting it out on vinyl?' Jachin Mandeno, photographer Auckland, NZ
'Testimonies from Palmerston North Concert: I've had three calls from people who were deeply touched by the music: G was in tears many times during the concert. She said the Holy Spirit was doing a work in her.. Also, W a Polish Catholic going blind, said she's never heard music like it before. She can't find words to say how much it meant to her to be at the concert. She's turned off her radio, which she says is just depressing, and is playing the Cataclysm CD instead. When anyone comes to visit, she hands them the lyric book so they can follow along.' Narelle Worboys, Dannevirke NZ
'..into 'In Your Presence'. I love the DVD.. the best quality I've ever seen.' Linda George, Pukekohe, NZ
'Bless you for confessing the darkness you've struggled with and coaxing light from it.' Mark Laurent, Kiwi Muso Icon, NZ
CATACLYSM is Jules latest album recorded live at
Elim Christian Centre Howick, NZ with supporting band and Guest Artists.
CATACLYSM has been shown on ShineTV (NZ) & the Australian Christian Channel (ACC).
CATACLYSM is released as a double album (cd/dvd), and on mp3 (amplifier.co.nz & iTunes).
Jules is currently taking bookings for a European Tour April-Sept 2013 (see Itinerary page).
He has written a book called brokenheart based around the 15 songs of 'Cataclysm'. Release date March 2013. Watch this space.
STILL PICS FROM THE CATACLYSM CONCERT:
Secular media asks 'Are u prepared for the coming cataclysm?'
3News, Article: 'I'm A Survivor'
'The Time of Shaking' Prophecy by Lance Lambert
This is a sobering message from a great man of God, now with the Lord
'Getting Ready For The End Of All Things' by David Wilkerson.
Excellent summary of the signs of the last days (end times)
'Signs Of The Times' by Mike Bickle.
A faith building audio message on coping with disaster/cataclysm
'A Theology Of Disaster' by David Wanstall.
Demographic cataclysm, Islam on the increase
The Jewish nation, a barometer of end times
Is Global Warming due to natural causes or man-made?
(If this site doesnt connect do a YouTube search for
'David Attenborough Global Warming')
Song titles and themes:
EXILE alienation, lonliness
BROKEN brokenness, failure
MASKS self deceit, pretense
CRUCIFY the flesh, temptation
DARK SECRETS thought life, impurity of heart
WOUNDED SPIRIT hurt, rejection, woundedness
FORGIVE ME unforgiveness, bitterness
CATACLYSM last days of the end times, prayer
WILDERNESS God's purposes in the wilderness, testing
IN YOUR PRESENCE the healing presence of God
HOLY GOD holy lifestyle, holiness
FOLLOW THE LAMB obedience to the will of God
BECAUSE OF THE CROSS atonement, redemption, healing
ALL IS WELL faith, hope and trust in God
CLOSER intimacy with God (dvd only)
'This album comes after a 'wilderness' period in Jules life and reveals a growing profundity and depth when compared to the musical offerings he has presented in the past. In fact I think it is not too much to claim that he comes through as a modern day psalmist. He shares his personal journey in a kind of stark, honest fashion which somehow has a way of catching up with you. Most of us can identify with him when the many different images he presents resonate as familiar territory to us. It could be that this album will be recognised as pivotal and prophetic - as a message for our age and times, albeit one that not everybody is ready to hear. But I can say personally that what he has to offer poetically and musically in 'Cataclysm' can bring the listener to examine their own inner conflicts, doubts and fears. There is 'meat' here that stays with you throughout the day as you grow in faith. He comes through as authentic, offering not some facile strains designed to impress, but a poetic expression and rendition of his own journey. So the songs traverse a wide range of human experience from depression and despair to praise of, and faith in, a Redeemer who has shared and will share our journey and our pain with us. To follow Jules on this journey, we really need to listen to the words and sounds he has so expertly crafted to encapsulate his experience. However, some kind of map may help us follow the path. The initial songs could be seen as negative or introspective, but this is not all the story. These begin with jarring, rather raw emotional expressions of alienation, hurt, failure, unforgiveness and anger only to make a subtle twist to see these feelings in a very different context. Each song brings out a different facet of this journey of self-discovery. In the end, of course, the journey leads to faith, but a faith that is firmly earthed in life's pain, complexity and contradictions. It is a journey worth taking.' Kerry Taylor, Touchstone Magazine, Dec 2010
'In his latest collection of songs, Jules takes a transparent, honest approach to Christian music, sharing the struggles many of us face when our experiences don't match what we expected in our walk with Christ. When I listen to the songs in Cataclysm, I am reminded of so many of the Psalms that came out of a heart crying out to God because things hadn't gone well. But just like in the Psalms, these songs too resonate with hope and trust in our Creator to lead us through to a deeper walk with Him. Thanks Jules for your candid Christianity.' Brad Knefelkamp, Hudson WI, USA
'An honest look at (his own) feelings of failure and the masks most men wear in their quiet desperation, but the songs hold on to the victory of the triumph of God in Christ, who beckons us to faith, that will not disappoint us, no matter how dark the cataclysm of our lives might seem.' Gerald Sharp, Sharp Arrow Music, South Africa
A JULES RIDING RETROSPECTIVE
2013 RELEASE DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
19 Tracks selected from 8 albums:
1: On This Night (1984)
2: Heartstrings (1987)
3: Revelation (1991)
4: Homecoming (1993)
5: The Fisherman (1994)
6: Amazing Sacrifice (1998)
7: Jerusalem (2001)
8. Cataclysm (2010)
plus BONUS MEMORABILIA CD of rare and unreleased recordings
1. El Shaddai
2. Bought With A Price
3. Broken Heart
4. No Eye Has Seen
5. I Believe
8. Who Am I?
9. Create In Me
10. Look To The Hills
11. Place of Honour
Jerusalem is a collection of songs written in Israel in 1999 while on Sabbatical. They were recorded and released in 2001. Since then considerable feedback has been received, some listed below. This album is available in CD, Music Book and Backing Track CD.
Jerusalem does not have a Jewish flavour as some have assumed, but is a studio album produced by Auckland Producer Bob Shepheard. The songs reflect some of the heart journey brought about by the physical journey to Israel in 1999, and the soul searching brought on by an awareness of undealt-with issues from the past, predominantly a turbulent and unsettled up-bringing
'It's the honesty of the songs that blesses me most..' - Brent Chambers, Christian Composer, Auckland, NZ'I think the album Jerusalem is wonderful, one of the best. It has a rare spiritual beauty..' - Claire Drennan, Tauranga, NZ'Fantastic album, it just blows me away.' - Stephen Bell-Booth, NZ
'A master work.' John Barrand, ex owner Someone Up There
1. Room In Your Family
2. Devil Hates Your Family
3. All My Heart
4. Go You
5. The Fisherman
8. On That Great Day
9. Thankyou For Your Blood
10. It Is Done
The Fisherman is a collection of songs written on Norfolk Island. The title track was inspired by Jules smallest ever concert turnout of 6 people, in the small fishing village of Leigh, north of Auckland. The album has achieved a good level of airplay, in that 5 of the 10 tracks have made it to the playlist of NZ's Radio Rhema.
The song Room In Your Family has been used by World Vision as a theme song in NZ and overseas. A number of missionary organisations have adopted Go You as their theme song.
It Is Done was written by Australian composer Julie Riley, and Thankyou For Your Blood by NZ composer Trevor Hemus
"Just downloaded a heap of your music from iTunes. Your music inspired me to Go into all the world, many times. Played Revelation, and Fisherman 1000's of times. In a way, your music reminds me of Pink Floyd and voice reminds me of Roger Waters. Anyway, just listening to .. All My Heart from Fisherman... love it.." Textus Receptus, NZ
1. Kia Ora Whanau
2. What Makes You A Christian?
3. Gonna Snap Snap Snap
4. I Just Wanna Be A Sheep
5. Bananas For The Lord
7. Butterfly Flying
8. Jesus Reigns In Us
9. Love Is Red
10. I Am The Way
11. Stinky Sox
12. C'mon Everybody
14. Jesus Christ Rap
15. You Have Been Made
16. Thank You Lord
17. I Am A Christian
THIS ALBUM REACHED GOLD STATUS IN NZ IN 2003.
The feedback from this album is always the same: kids and parents love this album.
KIDS TIME 2
1. Love God First
2. Cast Your Cares
3. Fruit of the Spirit
4. God Loves Me
5. The Lord's Army
6. Armour of God
7. Creator God
8. Nothing Can Separate Me
9. God You're Gorgeous
11. The Prodigal Bug
12. Comin Round The Mountain
13. Yeah Yeah
14. I'm So Free
15. Let The Little Children
16. New Love In You
17. God's Love
Jules has completed a 2nd selection of bright catchy songs for kids with a group of wonderful kids from Immanuel Christian School, Avondale, Auckland, NZ. The songs contain a lot of Bible Truth. Many parents will welcome the release of this new album as a follow up to Kids Time 1, now a GOLD ALBUM . Available in CD and Music Book. Lyrics free of charge from this website, under LYRICS
"..Kids Time 2 is brilliant! Thanks. Every Children's Church and every Family should have one.." - Cherry Keir, Napier"Kids Time 2 is a really great album.." - Rob Holding, Radio Rhema, NZ"As a children's ministry director, these songs scream out to be used for teaching main truths of the Gospel and discipleship. Will integrate into many teaching topics, useful for puppets, family services and holiday programs.." - Tara O'Neill, Nelson, NZ
1. Grace And Peace
3. Worthy To Take The Scroll
4. Worthy is the Lamb
6. Kingdom Of The World
7. The Accuser Has Been Hurled Down
8. Great And Marvelous
9. Rider On The White Horse
11. Alleluia Lamb Of God (Guest Vocals Ian White)
12. I Stand Before You Lamb
Lyrics from the
HOLY BIBLE NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION © 1973,1978,1984 by the International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House (Except 'I Stand Before You Lamb' lyrics by Jules Riding)
This album is nearly all word-for-word Scripture from the Book of Revelation. The songs were commissioned by John & Yvonne Childers of Revelation Encounter Int'. The album features a guest vocal spot with UK singer Ian White. The Album achieved GOLD ALBUM status in NZ in 1999 and is Jules' most successful album.
This album has produced an incredible amount of response over 20 years from around the world: hundreds of letters and emails, too many to mention. God's Word is powerful and it will not return to Him void (Isaiah 55.11)
1. Delight Yourself
2. New Heart
3. Sovereign Lord
4. The Lord Is Good
7. Holiness Blues
8. Day Of The Lord
9. In My Father's House
10. All Authority
These Scripture Songs were written in Canada May 1992 while on a 12 month World Tour with the whole Riding family. The songs were then recorded in Johannesburg, South Africa in October 1992, using ethnic singers and musicians. It is one of Jules' personal favourite albums, along with 'Jerusalem'
Cover design by Steve Reid Design, Auckland, NZ
"The CD 'Revelation' was stolen when all my music was stolen. However I did manage to find a copy in Pretoria, under a music shop desk &.was informed about it by one of the guys who had worked in that shop, so I was able to twist their arm to sell it to me. I was however unable to locate the 'Homecoming' CD. When I stumbled upon your webpage, I was elated to find I could order it directly from you. It has been some time since I listened to it. I played it about three times yesterday and was again BLESSED &Thank You." Ernst, South Africa
PILGRIM IN PARADISE
1. The Blessing
2. I Love You Lord
4. Seek God's Face
5. Song for the Shepherd
6. I will Worship
7. Orama Psalm
8. Gathering of the Nations
9. On this Night
11. Shouts of Holy Joy
12. Jesus is the Only Way
13. Come to the Quiet
14. Simple Road to Calvary
15. Written on the Wind
16. Still Point
17. That's when all the Trouble Started
18. Ray of Light
19. Evening Song
This is a compilation of Jules first two albums ON THIS NIGHT(1984) and HEARTSRINGS (1987), both of which won Gospel Album of the Year at the NZ Music Awards
"Just wondering if you are going to re-release your Pilgrim in Paradise album. I would love to have a
copy as I grew up loving your first two albums and still often sing lines from the songs when I hear a
passage of scripture from which they came. Your music has always stayed with me in my heart all through the good and bad times. I appreciate your inspirational words and beautiful music so much." Tania Calvert, Auckland
THE COLLECTION MUSIC BOOK
includes 57 songs from:
Pilgrim in Paridise (On This Night & Heartstrings)
'HIGH PRAISE' Worship Manual
This manual is designed as a 'hands on' manual for kiwi singers, worship leaders and worship teams. Covers every aspect of leading worship and running any type of music ministry in 52 info-packed chapters (140 pages). Full list of chapter headings on request.
Currently being re-written and revised.