Andrew & Shireen
Friendship at Kingston University is where it all began for Andrew and Shireen Morrison. Andrew studied IT and Shireen Media and Cultural Studies with Business.
Andrew's previous background and experience was managing an actor Jazzie Zonzolo, where they had their own comedy sketch show on channel AKA (Channel U) and interviewed people such as, Tinchy Stryder, Tinie Tempah, Chipmunk, JLS, Keri Hilson, D12, Ashley Walters, Wretch32, Ghetts, The Game, 50 Cent and many more. Andrew also occupied the same circles of major urban media platforms (GRM Daily; Link Up Tv & SBTV). Having grown up in the church circuit surrounded by gospel music, Andrew knew he was destined to utilise the skills he gathered to help grow and support the Christian music industry.
As a young adult, after many years at church, Shireen realised that many young Christians didn’t have anywhere to go outside of church to enjoy themselves. Her solution was to provide live entertainment and banqueting events , birthing Visions Events in 2012. The Host of talented Artists, live bands, poets and a five star hospitality services providing ticketed entertainment.
The success of these events grew rapidly and Andrew and Shireen absolutely loved the buzz of bringing the community together whilst uplifting the artists and musicians. After taking some time out to raise their family, the desire to re-ignite Visions Events encouraged the couple to complete a course at the Pentecostal Credit Union, orchestrated by Shane and Elaine Bowes which was dedicated to faith and business.
Shireen and Andrew were blessed to meet Claudine Reid MBE and her husband Patrick Reid, who later became their mentors and trained them on the fundamental skills needed to start and run a business.
In 2017, due to the success of the Banqueting events, Andrew and Shireen took the business to a higher level and established décor hire for events and weddings reaching non-believers from many backgrounds.
In 2018, Shireen and Andrew launched Visions TV Online and began to build bonds and captivate audiences within the Christian Music Industry. Both were involved with helping carve out what the newly structured GMIA (Gospel Music Industry Alliance) would look like and Shireen sat on the Nominees committee to help choose the members of the governing board.
Visions TV Online brought about many opportunities in a short timeframe such as interviewing the P.I.A (Poets in autumn), meeting Donnie MCclurkin and being media outlets for Premier Gospel awards 2019, Gospel Explosion Summit (UK meets USA) and the 2020 Stellar awards. They also organised and hosted a press conference for MBE and OBE honourees from the UK.
VTO connects Artists and new businesses with a meaningful network, and have teamed together with Sam Randall (CEO, UGN) in the USA, and have a radio billboard charted station called UK Radio1. This is also connected to other radio stations in the USA, Germany, Africa and the Caribbean.
Andrew and Shireen have just launched Visions TV Online Africa and have appointed Austine Holy in Nigeria as a representative. They have also partnered with Leonard Thompson (CEO, GOD Radio1 USA) and secured their own weekly show to help showcase British talent in the USA.
Through the 2020 pandemic and the challenging times, the pair maintained a strong stance in their faith, that God will always provide. Andrew had a major decision to make to stay in his job he had for 7 years or to go into the business full time. After months of fighting with himself he took the plunge and did the latter. Not before long, an opportunity arose and UnboundPR was purchased with money coming in at the exact same time. (Isn’t God good).
Both businesses compliment each other, whilst VTO creates content such as interviews, music videos, acoustic sessions, virtual events and provides marketing, UnboundPR sets up campaigns and places Artists on the radio, blogs, and Spotify playlists so they can be discovered. The ethos of the company still remains to ‘Uplift, Inspire, Engage’ their audience and community and are dedicated to empower artists to do the same.
Their dream is to help the Gospel music industry grow, thrive, and help artists and small businesses achieve their true potential. The launching of The Music and Media Platform Awards (TMMP) is to bring light to the best of Christian talent across the UK decided by multiple Media and Music platforms along with their business strategist Eric Reverence.
The Young Kingz Podcasts is being launched as a community project and is just an example how they are engaging the community to combat the current lockdown and increase mental wellbeing.
Investing skills and pouring love into their children, is their everyday task in order to leave a legacy behind for their five children, who inspire both Shireen and Andrew to be the best they can be and continue to strive to do more for the kingdom of God.
The best is yet to come.
Eric Reverence is a UK based Recording Artist, Worship Leader, Evangelist, Multiple award-winning Singer Song writer, Evangelist, Event Organiser and a pioneer of Kingdom works and Networking. He is the Co-founder of The Music and Media Platform Awards (TMMP), UK President of Gospel Industry Network (GIN UK), founder of Spontaneous Worship, founder of Pakistan Project and is a Youth Ambassador in the UK. Eric's heart and passion is to spread the Gospel and love of God through his music, produce songs for everyone needs, charitable works, create platforms for upcoming artists and musicians, empower and build others especially young people with creative gifts.
Eric’s career started off in 2010 with a first single ‘I Give You My All’ which touched many lives and was aired on national and international Christian radio stations and TV networks including UCB Radio and Wonderful TV. In 2014 he released his EP 'I Will Carry On' followed by an international tour in Ghana and Netherlands which was phenomenally successful. In 2017, His rise to success landed him a record label deal with Nine Fruits Record where he released his single 'I Believe' and received major recognition including appearing on MOBO Awards article, StepFwd Christian Charts and many international articles. Eric became a Partner and Patron of Countrystyle Community Tourism Network/Villages where he worked with Diana McIntyre-Pike (President/Founder & Community Tourism Consultant) to develop the Christian Tourism Market in the Caribbean.
In 2018, Eric was appointed the Media and Communications director of Great Commission Society (GCS) and now holds the role as Membership Director. In 2019, Eric and his Co-partner hosted one of the biggest events in the UK 'Gospel Explosion Summit- UK meets USA' which was very successful and received lots of global exposure. His continued rise to success connected him with Visions TV Online and MHM Magazine as their Strategist Adviser.
In early 2020, Eric organised a successful global charity project called 'The Believe Song' which involved over 60 musical artists across the globe and raised funds for countries who were affected heavily by Covid 19. Eric worked with Great Commission Society (GCS), Visions TV Online and South African International Artist and Producer J Ross to complete the project. In May 2020, Eric and his Co-Founders Andrew & Shireen Morrison founded TMMP Awards with the aim to become the biggest Christian award in the UK.
Eric’s continuous rise to success has seen him shared stage with international Christian/Gospel artists and global icons including Hillsong, Tim Hughes and Sonnie Badu. Eric has also completed successful tours in the UK, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Ghana and Latvia. Eric has just released his latest hit single ‘Miracles’ and currently working on his album which will be completed in 2021 followed by Africa tour (Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania) UK tour, Europe Tour, North America and Asia Tour.
Achievements and Honours:
2020 - Winner of International Artist of The Year (Gospel Choice Music Awards)- USA.
2020 - Humanitarian Awards Winner (Prayze Factor Awards)- USA
2020 - Believe Project 2020- Involving 60 musician artists across the globe.
2020 - Nominated for International Artist of The Year, Song of The Year and Contemporary Artist of The Year (Prayze Factor Awards)- USA.
2020 - Nominated for International Artist of The Year, Song of The Year and Contemporary Artist of The Year (Gospel Choice Music Awards 2020)- USA.
2020 - Nominated for International Artist of The Year, Song of The Year and Contemporary Artist of The Year (S & M Gospel Music Awards)- USA.
2019 - Nominated for International artist of The Year (Texas Gospel Music of Excellence)- USA
2019 - Organised Gospel Explosion Summit 2019 UK Meets USA in London, UK.
2018 - Winner of Male Artist of The Year (Gospel Touch Music Awards)- UK.
2018 - Appointed one of the Directors of Great Commission Society (2018).
2017 - Partner and Patron of Countrystyle Community Tourism Network/Villages- Caribbean.
2017 - Nominated for Role Model of The Year (National Diversity Awards)
2016 - Winner of Artist of The Year (BEFFTA Awards)- UK
2015 - Winner of Praise and Worship Leader of The Year (PraiseTek Gospel Music Awards)- UK
2014 - Nominated for New Artist of The Year (African Gospel Music Awards)- UK
2011 - Finalist at Gospel Rock Competition- UK.
2000 - Selected to represent UK at World Methodist Youth Conference- Atlanta Georgia USA
1998 - Won National 5-Aside Football Tournament at Wembley Arena- UK