BKJ Biography - Part 2

BKJ now had the quality of equipment and playing experience to be able to consider performing with other musicians publicly. He had already spent the whole of his Spring Term grant buying a good quality amplifier whilst at teacher-training college, and this coupled with his Les Paul made a very good combination. The first group he became a part of was called "Yeshua" in the mid-1980s. This was a 6-piece group made up of friends and acquaintances, and was based in the Halesowen area of the West Midlands. It was a Christian rock band and played almost exclusively in churches within that area. This allowed BKJ to further develop his abilities, especially in arranging and song-writing - the group even performed a song he had written!

When "Yeshua" ceased, BKJ was on the lookout for other opportunities, and that came along in 1986 when he was asked to join the Wolverhampton "Youth for Christ" band, "Torch" as their lead guitarist. "Torch" were a group of committed Christians and very experienced musicians, and BKJ's playing soared within this environment. The band played up and down the length of the British Isles and also performed in Germany. The musicians were also song-writers and composed a lot of impressive songs, which led to the production of an album. The band eventually ended at the start of the 1990s, but had left a mark on those who witnessed their performances and testimony. BKJ had the cassette-based album remastered on to CD, and now, for the first time, is making this album available here, so that the messages of the compositions can continue to touch people's lives. CD covers are included below in PDF format. Please note that these recordings are not owned by BKJ, and are not for sale and should not be sold.


FAITH Front Cover


The virtuoso Christian rock band "Torch" in 1991