Music in the Simmonds' home is very much a family affair. Miles and Kate Simmonds have been married and ministering together in worship for the last 25 years. Their son, Matthew, is a gifted multi-instrumentalist and they often lead worship together as a family.
Miles and Kate both came to the Christian faith initially through music – Kate through a gospel choir in Notting Hill, and Miles while singing as a choirboy in an Anglican church. Kate began writing songs the day after she became a Christian, often co-writing with pianist/producer Mark Edwards. Together they formed
an evangelistic band called The Fabulous Sister Brothers, known for the artistry of its stellar musicians, performing in many secular venues and outreach events, and releasing the album, 'Live in Kemp Town'.
Miles and Kate met and married while both attending Church of Christ the King in Brighton, England (now known as Emmanuel). After visiting the Brownsville Revival in Pensacola, Florida, Kate began to lead worship at the Stoneleigh Bible Weeks, the Newfrontiers International Leadership Conferences, Spring Harvest, Mission Worship and many other events in the UK, Europe, Canada and the USA.
Kate's songs have appeared on over 40 worship albums to date. Kate has released three solo albums: ‘One Day’, ‘Heart & Soul’ and ‘Redemption Songs’, produced by Mark Edwards and Colin Walker and featuring artists such as Ben Castle, Carla Jane, Carleen Anderson, Jim Mullen, John Parricelli, Kevan Frost, Matt Weeks, Miles Bould, Phil Crabbe, Raul D'Olivera, Tracey Riggan and Yolanda Charles. With good friend Lesley Parker, Kate also developed a training day called ‘The Worship Singer’ which they held all over the UK.
While Matthew was still a toddler, they moved to Sydney’s Northern Beaches to help build Grace City Church, lead the worship team there and to invest in other worship teams in connected churches in other Pacific countries. This desire came out of visiting the Brownsville Revival and from a key quote from Darlene Zschech: “Success in the kingdom is building into the lives of others.”
Seeing that planting churches (or church sites) necessitates the multiplication of ministry, Kate developed a Worship Leader Training Course and mentoring program which has successfully seen many people come into, grow and mature in worship leading ministry.
While their main focus of recent years has been the local church, with Miles also a church leader and
Kate a member of the preaching team, Kate has felt a renewed call to songwriting. Her passion is to communicate ‘theology as poetry’, particularly through the modern hymn.