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|Birth name||Ian Smale|
|Genres||Pop, punk rock, children's music|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, pastor, evangelist, children's evangelist|
Rev Ian Smale (born 1950) better known by the stage name Ishmael is a gospel beat, Christian punk and children's music musician and evangelist from the United Kingdom. He has had an international ministry since playing in the acoustic duo Ishmael and Andy with Andy Piercy starting in 1970. His innovative musical styles and enthusiasm for his faith have influenced many people of all ages to become Christians or to have a deeper experience in their Christianity such as being filled with the Holy Spirit or being healed.
Ishmael started performing in his teens with his lifelong friend Andy Piercy forming the acoustic duo Ishmael and Andy when he first adopted his stage name from the similarity of his birth name to an Old Testament Biblical character. They sang provocative and challenging Christian lyrics to contemporary music. After producing two albums together Piercy joined the rock group After the Fire and Ishmael produced the album Charge of the Light Brigade intended to challenge Christians to live what they preach. Ishmael continues to work occasionally with Piercy although the main focus of his ministry for twenty five years has been on child evangelism. In the late 1970s he formed the band Ishmael United that produced two albums and as the music took on more of a punk style he changed their name to Rev Counta and the Speedoze and brought out a further album. Since then he has concentrated on his ministry to children and recently returned to challenging people in the Church about how they live.
Ishmael longs for children and adults to enjoy praising God together. For this purpose his itinerant ministry is composed of both seminars for adults about the importance of children, and musical celebrations that he calls 'Praise Parties' for all ages to worship together. He also loves preaching and teaching both young people and adults from the Bible.
For 16 years as well as his itinerant ministry he was part of a local church leadership team, but he has now been released from that responsibility to concentrate on what he believes God has asked him to do – working with children and other people who share his goal throughout the world. Ishmael believes that children are a vital part of church life and he aims to teach people the value of both kids and youth Church as well as the importance of the whole family worshipping together.
Most of the time that Ishmael has worked abroad has been spent in the USA and Germany but he has also worked in Finland, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Gibraltar, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Czech Republic and South Africa.
Ishmael has taken part in a number of national television programmes.
He was ordained a deacon in Chichester Cathedral in June 2007, and was appointed as part-time deacon in the nominal parish of the cathedral (which extends no further than the cathedral's own grounds).
Ishmael and his wife Irene worship at Chichester Cathedral and have recently been accepted onto the Cathedral electoral roll. They have three grown up children Joseph, Daniel and Suzy. Ishmael has been given a consultancy role with Evangelical Alliance and Kingsways Children's Ministry.
In 2008 Ishmael was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. An appeal for prayer, along with regular updates on the progress of his treatment, was launched by friends on his website.
In August 2010 Ishmael's doctors declare him free from cancer. He is planning to 'be on the road' again in September 2010.
Ishmael has recorded nearly 400 songs written himself; released 36 albums of his and other writers' songs, 15 of which he also produced; and made two music videos.
Ishmael has written twelve books, some of which have been translated into German, Dutch, Danish and Romanian as well as seven songbooks.
Albums and singles
|Benedictus / Song of praise number 2||Ishmael and Andy||Vinyl single||1971|
|Ready salted||Ishmael and Andy||LP||1973|
|The charge of the light brigade||Ishmael||LP||1977|
|Its amazin what praisin can do||Ishmael with After the Fire||Cassette||1978|
|If you can't shout saved||Ishmael United||LP, cassette||1979|
|Crowd trouble / Song of the last generation||Ishmael United||Vinyl single||1979|
|Life begins at 30||Rev Counta and the Speedoze||LP, cassette||1980|
|The Glorie song / Return of the magnificent Glories||Ishmael||Vinyl single||1980|
|Land of hope and Glories||Ishmael||LP, cassette||1981|
|Songs for bouncing Glories||Ishmael||Cassette||1981|
|Power and the Glories||Ishmael||LP, cassette||1982|
|Ishmaels children praise party vol 1||Ishmael||LP, cassette||1983|
|Ishmaels children praise party vol 2||Ishmael||LP, cassette||1984|
|Ishmaels children praise party vol 3||Ishmael||LP, cassette||1985|
|Ishmaels antique collection||Ishmael||Cassette||1986|
|Ishmaels family praise favourites||Ishmael||Cassette||1986|
|Ishmaels Scripture praise party||Ishmael||Cassette||1987|
|As subtle as a sledgehammer||Ishmael compilation||Cassette||1987|
|Land of hope and Glories / Power and the Glories||Re-released as a double cassette||1987|
|Training up the troops||Ishmael||Cassette||1988|
|Praise Party vol 1 / Praise party vol 2||Re-released as a double cassette||1989|
|Songs for little troopers||Ishmael||Cassette||1989|
|Training up the troops vol 2||Ishmael||LP, cassette||1989|
|Training up the troops / Training up the troops vol 2||Re-released on double CD||1989|
|The charge of the light brigade||Re-released on CD||1989|
|Hooked on Ishmael||Tim Jupp Instrumental||Cassette||1989|
|Praise Party vol 3 / Scripture praise party||Re-released as a double cassette||1990|
|Ishmaels Christmas carol celebration||Ishmael||Cassette, CD||1991|
|Gym Glories workout / Little Suzys hidden talent||Ishmael||cassette||1991|
|Peaceful meadow / Melody faces the music||Ishmael||cassette||1991|
|Praise and Glories||Ishmael||Cassette, CD||1991|
|Jesus is Topz / Everyday with Jesus||Ishmael||Cassette single||1991|
|Training up the troops / Training up the troops vol 2||Re-released as a double cassette||1992|
|Children's hymn celebration||Ishmael||Cassette, CD||1992|
|Ishmaels praise party video||Music compilation video||1993|
|Family praise favourites / Songs for little troopers||Re-released as a double cassette||1993|
|Ishmael USA||Ishmael||Cassette, CD||1993|
|A sting in the tale (Re-release of the antique collection under a new title)||cassette||1993|
|Joyful noise for girls and boys||Ishmael||cassette, backing tracks||1994|
|25 years with Ishmael (50 track compilation )||double cassette, CD||1995|
|25 years of children's favourites (50 track compilation )||double cassette, CD||1995|
|If you can't shout saved / Life begins at 30||Re-released as a double cassette, CD||1995|
|Ready salted||Re-released on cassette, CD||1995|
|Christmas carol celebration / Children's hymn celebration||Re-released as a double CD||1995|
|Ishmaels video praise party vol 2||Music compilation video||1996|
|Ishs Bible Belters||Ishmael||Cassette, CD||1996|
|Wakey wakey, sleepy sleepy||Ishmael||Cassette, CD||1997|
|Little songs for little children||Ishmael||CD||1998|
|Worship songs for little children||Ishmael||CD||1999|
|Praise songs for little children||Ishmael||CD||2000|
|Bible stories for little students||Ishmael||Prose||2000|
|12 New children's praise songs vol 1||Ishmael||CD||2001|
|12 New children's praise songs vol 2||Ishmael and Dave Bilbrough||CD||2001|
|52 Scripture songs (10 tracks re-recorded)||Released as a double CD||2002|
|12 New children's praise songs vol 3||Ishmael and Aaron Frith||CD||2002|
|I know Jesus loves me||Ishmael||CD||2003|
|12 New children's praise songs vol 4||Ishmael and Geraldine Latty||CD||2003|
|Its Christmas||Ishmael and Noel Richards||CD||2003|
|Lord here we stand||Noel Richards||CD single||2003|
|Its Party Time||Ishmael and t-girl||CD||2004|
|Songs for little children (Little songs for little children / Worship songs for little children / Praise songs for little children||re-release triple CD||2004|
|Children of the voice vol 1||Ishmael||prose triple CD||2004|
|12 New children's praise songs vol 5||Ishmael with Noel Richards||CD||2004|
|12 New children's praise songs vol 6||Ishmael with Andy Bromley||CD||2005|
|Ishmaels praise party video||Re-released DVD||2005|
|Ishmaels video praise party vol 2||Re-released onto DVD||2005|
|The Glories stories||released onto DVD||2005|
|Its Party Time||Released onto DVD||2005|
|Ishmaels cartoon karaoke||Released onto DVD||2005|
|Its Tots praise||Ishmael with Julia Plaut||CD||2005|
|I know Jesus loves me too||Ishmael||CD||2006|
|The history of Ishmael part one.||1988|
|Ishmael's family worship songbook.||1988|
|Angels with dirty faces.||1989|
|Englebjørn med snavsede finger.||1989||Danish: 'Angels with dirty faces’|
|Children of the Voice.||1990|
|Father God I wonder booklet.||1990|
|Doamne, Tată, Mă Întreb.||1990||Romanian: 'Father God I wonder' booklet.|
|Children of the Voice – 2.||1991|
|Lille ballade og stemmen.||1991||Danish: ‘Children of the Voice’.|
|Ishmael's once a week family time.||1992|
|Kinder im Reich Gottes.||1992||German: ‘Angels with dirty faces’.|
|Children of the Voice – 3.||1993|
|Joyful noise for girls and boys songbook.||1994|
|Songbook for the troops.||1990|
|Little Jim enjoys the family service.||1992|
|Loving memory .||1995|
|Bible Belters / Wakey wakey, sleepy sleepy songbook.||1997|
|Children of the Voice the trilogy.||1998|
|What is a Christian booklet.||1998|
|Songs for little children songbook.||1999|
|Reclaiming a generation.||2001|
|365 Devotions with Ishmael.||2002|
|Nad Bibli bez nudy.||2004||Czech: '50 fun filled family activities'.|
|Deti a cirkev.||2005||Czech: ‘Reclaiming a Generation’.|
- https://web.archive.org/web/20070423101550/http://friends.afterthefire.co.uk/dits-ch05.htm. Archived from the original on 23 April 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2006. Missing or empty
- "News: CCM / Europe". CCM Magazine. 2 (4): 52. October 1979. ISSN 1524-7848.
- Arun Community Church history
- "Welcome To Ishmaels Website". Retrieved 23 September 2014.