GOSPEL SINGER TESTIFIES THAT LIFE BEGINS AT 40 US singer Nat 'King' Cole, queen of gospel Mahalia Jackson and king of pop Sir Cliff Richard all have something in common with award-winning gospel singer-songwriter Sandra Godley - as they all hit the high points in their recording careers in their 40s*. "They say life begins at 40, and I kinda think that there is a lot of truth in that statement. I was brought up listening to the likes of Amy Grant, Andrae Crouch." Sandra says, who was recently named Best Female Newcomer at the UK\'s Gospel Entertainment Music (GEM) Awards 2005 (Bethel Convention Centre, West Bromwich, 29 October) at the age of 41. "I have been overwhelmed by the amount of men and women who have come up to me and said what an encouragement my story has been to them," she continues, well aware that many people decide not to follow their dreams for the wrong reasons - which is why she is now undertaking a UK tour of concert performances and speaking engagements. "You see, for years I have served other people\'s dreams," she says, "and that\'s a great place to start - but I knew there was coming a time when I would have to step out on my own." Full of wisdom and insight, Sandra talks about making the transition from 'newcomer' to award-winner, advising people to work with an experienced team that can bring out their gifting, rather than go it alone - risking years of frustration and disappointment. These concerts and speaking engagements also give Sandra an opportunity to promote the inspirational gospel music she has written for her popular debut album, Sweet Surrender, such as her current favourite track, Call on Me, which includes the lines: "When your words are filled with doubt and fear, and you\'re full of frozen hope, when the emptines inside crys out - Call on me." \'This is a stunning debut album worthy of recognition\' Chris Bowater This girl has turned into a mature singer with a voice that may be destined to become well known - not just in the UK, but the world.....\' David Waite for Joy Magazine \'I always count it a privilege to receive so much music from so many artists from around the world. Especially when passion for God and a spirit of excellence is so obvious ... as is the case with your project.Let me start by saying that I love the way your album is presented and your website is banging ... be encouraged girl you got fire in your soul.\' DJ Proclaima-Soulcure footnote: Nat 'King' Cole's biggest UK hit was When I Fall in Love, originally released in 1957, when Cole was 40 years of age; Mahalia Jackson signed to Columbia records in 1954 at the age of 43; Cliff Richard's best-selling studio album, Always Guaranteed, was released in 1987, when Cliff was 47.