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Robin Mark - Christian Worship Music with Celtic Flavour

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Cari Jean resides in North Dakota where she works as a freelance writer and blogs at Faith's Mom's Blog.

Robin Mark is a Christian songwriter, singer and worship leader from Belfast in Northern Ireland. Because he adds his own Celtic flavor, Mark's music is unique in the genre of contemporary Christian music. Just take a listen to the beginning of the song below, Garments of Praise, that starts off with the amazing and intriguing sounds of uilleann pipes.

An International Audience

With the release of his first album, Captive Heart, in 1992, Robin Mark became extremely popular throughout the United Kingdom, Canada and Europe. His popularity continued throughout the 90's but it wasn't until 1999 that he became well-known throughout the world, including the United States.

His album, Revival in Belfast, was his first international release and became one of the top 50 worship albums for the next four years. His new fans then discovered previously-released albums and the song, Days of Elijah (released in 1995), which has become one of the most sung worship songs ever.

Come Heal This Land

Come Heal This Land was Robin Mark's followup album to Revival in Belfast. On this album, a few of his songs communicate the war-torn brokenness that is still found in Ireland today.

This album was recorded in Armagh, Northern Ireland which was the home base for Saint Patrick's ministry. The cathedral is 1,500 years old and even though it is associated with Saint Patrick, Armagh is a spiritually dark place as a result of decades of conflict and fighting. Because of this, there was much spiritual warfare leading up to the recording of the album including a fire and a suicide. During the recording a team of prayer warriors was sent in to intercede.

Reviewer John Ausmus from worshipmusic.com says, "For those that loved 'Revival in Belfast' and have wanted more, this is your album. For those that didn't ever hear Mark's last one, you need to get them both. This is Ireland at it's best."

Belfast Castle, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast Castle, Belfast, Northern Ireland

More Robin Mark Albums

Robin Mark has produced a total of 13 albums with sales of over 2 million worldwide. Some of these ablums include:

Revival in Belfast II Another live album that was released in 2004 and became the number one worship album in the United States, Canada and Australia.

East of the River This album contains songs with bible-based lyrics and Celtic undertones. East of the River has been called, "possibly his best album so far."

Days of Elijah The Worship Songs Of Robin Mark All of Robin Mark's greatest songs on one CD.

This City These Streets A beautiful blend of contemporary Christian music with Celtic arrangements and instruments.

Year of Grace Recorded live in Syracuse, New York, this album has been likened to Revival in Belfast by critics and reviewers.

Fly Another live album, this one was recorded in Bangor, Northern Ireland. Some critics claim this to be his best album ever produced.

Liberation Praise Robin Mark's most recent album, featuring 13 songs that are a mix of live and studio tracks.

Besides writing music, Robin Mark has also written, Warrior Poets of the 21st Century which was released in 2007. His book charts a personal and Biblical journey through worship to underline the importance of a heart of worship in our lives as Christians.

Robin Mark, Worship Leader

Currently, Robin Mark is the Emeritus Director of Worship at his home church, Christian Fellowship Church in Belfast, where he attends with his wife and three children. It was at this church that his live album, Revival in Belfast was produced.

Robin Mark has produced hymns of praise and worship which continue to become the anthems for churches around the world. He doesn't think of himself as a songwriter, however.

In the year 2000 at the Toronto worship conference he said, "I write only when I feel I have something to say. I cannot sit down and write automatically or prolifically, God hasn't given me that gift, unfortunately! But whether it’s in music, song, business, family or other area of service, so long as I am praising Him, that's all that matters."

Invitations to minister come from all over the globe and he travels extensively to Canada, the United States, Australia, Singapore, Hungary, Italy and throughout the United Kingdom. In the midst of all his travels, he continues to keep a strong commitment to his family and his home. He also continues to pray earnestly for the healing of the society in Northern Ireland where he grew up, as stated in his song, "Come Heal this Land."

Lyrics from "Come Heal This Land"

Does a cry ring out from a broken nation
From a people who have been brought low
Was pride in our hearts, did we grieve Your Spirit
Have we blocked the ancient wells that flowed
Here is our covenant prayer
Who call upon Your name
We humble ourselves before You

Come heal this land, come heal this land
Come heal this land, come heal this land

May this land we love be a place of safety
Be a light for all the nations of this earth
May Your streams of love, may they flow here freely
Here where every stranger finds a home
Here is our covenant prayer
Who call upon Your name
We humble ourselves before You

Come heal this land

Downtown Belfast

Downtown Belfast

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Comments

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on January 17, 2012:

Jewelz1313 - thanks so much for your comment, the vote up and the link. Blessings!

Jewelz1313 from Branson, Missouri on January 14, 2012:

I love God and love Celtic music. Thanks. Voted up and linked you.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on January 07, 2012:

ruthbell - Thanks so much for your comment. It's true that when you hear Robin Mark's music, you feel so close to God. His music gives me goosebumps and just makes me want to praise and worship HIM.

ruthbell on January 07, 2012:

robin mark god bless you i love all the songs that are very special in my life sad times and good times god has got a plan for you robin mark when i get chance i will come to the church and see you all your music made mylife differtand the reason am saying because when ever i play the music am very very close to god thanks god bless all of you bless from ruth

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on June 06, 2011:

daviddwarren22 - thanks so much for stopping by!

daviddwarren22 on June 06, 2011:

Great song, I love it.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 13, 2011:

hsander - thanks for your comment and for the prayer! Robin Mark is amazing, love his lyrics.

hsander on April 10, 2011:

My wife & I have been a fan of Irish Gospel music for almost 4 decades, as my wife's roots are from Ireland.

I have just come across Robin Mark and can truly say that I am enjoying his songs

May our Lord bless & prosper you -

Heinz Sander

www.gospelmusicshop.net

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on March 02, 2011:

Becky - thank you so much for your comment. I love "Days of Elijah" too - it just makes me want to dance!

Becky from Oklahoma on March 02, 2011:

Excellent review of Robin Mark and his music. I love "Days of Elijah" Thanks for an awesome hub!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on January 07, 2011:

Dian'swords4u - thanks so much for your comment. I love worship music as well - it is so uplifting! I love what you said about already having a revival by the time you reach your destination!

Dian'swords4u from North Carolina on January 06, 2011:

Music is a big part of my life. I worship god daily as I drive in my car. My CD player is full of praise songs to God and befoer I reach my destination I have already had a revival. Thanks. Dian

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 07, 2010:

NConnollyHendriks - thanks for your comment. WOW! I WOULD LOVE TO see him in concert! Usually when I check out his tour schedule, he is nowhere near North Dakota! But if I do ever get the chance to see him, I will!

NConnollyHendriks on November 07, 2010:

I saw Robin Mark last summer at one of his concerts. He brings a Celtic warmth and humour to his music, and the Lord's presence was powerful.....if you get a chance to see his concerts in person, go for it! Thanks Cari Jean for sharing this Hub, it's awesome!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on October 13, 2010:

CMCastro - I wish they played him more on our local station or on KLOVE. It is good to know the Christian artists live what they sing about! Thanks so much for your comment.

Christina M. Castro from Baltimore,MD USA on October 10, 2010:

I have listened to Robin Mark on my favorite radio Christian station (Shine 95.1 FM in Baltimore,MD) and never really knew anything about him. It is always nice to know that these Christian Artists that we like to listen to do much in the Community to bring Christ into others' lives. Peace in the Lord to you. CM

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on March 08, 2010:

HealthyHanna - so glad I was able to help you find this kind of music. Thanks for bookmarking! Blessings.

HealthyHanna from Utah on March 04, 2010:

I love this kind of music, and I didn't know where to find it. Thanks I'll bookmark this hub so I can find it when I want to buy some music.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on March 04, 2010:

ehern33 - thanks for your comment. I love "Days of Elijah" too makes me want to dance everytime I hear it!

ehern33 on March 03, 2010:

Great work and am a fan of his. "Days of Elijah" is surely one of my favorites.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on March 01, 2010:

tony0724 - so glad I could help you expand your horizons! Thanks for your comment!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on March 01, 2010:

AARON99 - thank you for your comment and your encouragement.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on March 01, 2010:

Duchess OBlunt - You are welcome, glad you liked the music!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on March 01, 2010:

Ann Nonymous - thank you so much for your comment. Yes, I do like Christian music and the celtic instruments added to it really touches something deep within my soul.

tony0724 from san diego calif on February 28, 2010:

Cari Jean first off great hub. I had never heard of this guy before so I thank you for expanding my horizons.

AARON99 on February 28, 2010:

A very good hub really. Keep it up.

Duchess OBlunt on February 28, 2010:

I love "The Garments of Praise", and pleased to read it's origin. I love the Celtic hint here. It's not the ones I have heard but I certainly appreciate it.

Thank you for sharing the history of Robin Mark.

Loved the music

Ann Nonymous from Virginia on February 27, 2010:

I love Robin Mark's music as well as any celtic music especially celtic worship. I have his 2 CD set entitled Celtic Worshp live from Ireland...

It was a real pleasant surprise finding out that you like this music, Cari!!!! Great hub!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on February 27, 2010:

coffeesnob - I love the Irish undertones to his music! Thanks for your comment.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on February 27, 2010:

Hannah Ministries - I love worship music too! Thanks for your comment.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on February 27, 2010:

Ken - Days of Elijah is a great song - but so are many of his others. Another of my favorites is "Revival" which is on his Revival in Belfast CD.

coffeesnob on February 27, 2010:

Thanks for this hub. I really enjoy good worship music. And i like this style as well.

Hannah Ministries on February 27, 2010:

I love this music. Thanks for a great hUB.

Ken R. Abell from ON THE ROAD on February 27, 2010:

Thanks, Cari Jean. I only knew him as the guy that wrote "Days of Elijah", which I much appreciate. Now I know there is so much more music to explore.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on February 26, 2010:

Pamela99 - glad you liked the music. Thanks for your comment.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on February 26, 2010:

breakfastpop - you're welcome! Thanks for your comment.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on February 26, 2010:

peacenhim - I love that CD as well as Come Heal this Land. I'd like to check out some of his other cd's as well.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 26, 2010:

Great music and hub. I loved it. Thanks.

breakfastpop on February 26, 2010:

Beautiful and I thank you!

peacenhim on February 26, 2010:

Great Hub! I have "Garments of Praise, Revival in Belfast," wonderful CD!!

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