I'm Olly Knight, I lead the worship team at The City Church in Canterbury and serve at events around the UK. I'm married to Kirsty, Father to Caleb & Rose. In 2015 my first worship album "The Stream" came out containing songs like "My Treasure" and "Fountain of Goodness". In 2019 I helped make the album "Thankful Hearts" for my Church. I wrote songs like "Risen King" and "Jesus is the Lord of All" for the album. In 2020 I released "You Hold the World / Lockdown LP". It was written and recorded during lockdown and songs like "You Hold the World", "All Things New" and "Longing" feature on it.
I really want this site to help you in your understanding of how music, lyrics and theology can come together and be used to celebrate who Jesus is, not just for an individual, but for the Church- God's people together and His dwelling place here on Earth! Whether you're a worship leader, musician or you want to grow in your worship of Jesus then my prayer is that these songs and resources would really equip you and cause you to delight in Jesus.
I'll be sharing songs that myself and others have written on this website. They are songs we'd use on a Sunday morning at Church or at events where my team and I lead worship. I love writing songs about The Trinity, our adoption and the good news of the Gospel!
I really want to pass on anything that's of worth to equip you and your worship team in leading congregational worship. I've had the privilege over the last few years to lead in my local Church and at various different conferences- many of which had an interdenominational make-up. I want to regularly blog on the theological or practical dimensions of worship leading. I'd love to see more young men and women raised up that not only can "sing" the songs but really "lead" people in worshipping Christ!
I grew up in a family that didn't know Jesus. I had some awareness of "a god out there" but after going on an Alpha course in 2001 my sin, Jesus' death on a cross and his grace to me made sense- through tears I gave my life to Him! I started playing the guitar and singing a few months after. The first few times I led worship at my youth group it was terrible- the guitar on my knee, playing obscure songs and strumming out of time!
When I came to study in Canterbury I joined The City Church (Newfrontiers) and started playing/ leading there. In 2009 I got married to the wonderful Kirsty and started working for UCCF (University and College Christian Fellowship). I started leading worship each year for UCCF at student conferences like "Forum" where 1,000 student leaders come to meet with God and learn how to witness on their campuses.
I've since had two children (Caleb and Rose) and have had the honour of not only leading the worship team at my Church but also getting to serve across our family of Churches "Relational Mission" and at some of our gatherings too. I've loved leading at events like Mobilise, Word Alive, Keswick, The European Leadership Forum (Hungry and Poland) and The Pioneer Conference (Malaga). In 2020 during the pandemic events and Church have had to change. I started something online called "Come and Sing with me" where hundreds of us have gathered online to praise. Lots of songs came out of this time and my lockdown album "You Hold the World" is the result!