Al­bum well re­ceived

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DAVE CRAMP­TON

An al­bum of orig­i­nal mu­sic re­leased two weeks ago by a Wellington church has be­come the first church al­bum to make the na­tional mu­sic charts. It had pre­vi­ously topped the iTunes charts.

God Alone, by the Arise Church, was pro­duced at STL Audio in Wellington by Nic Man­ders, who worked with Brooke Fraser.

‘‘It de­buted at sev­enth and held that po­si­tion the fol­low­ing week on the New Zealand mu­sic charts (re­stricted to New Zealand mu­sic),’’ said Arise vo­cal­ist, mu­si­cian, and one of the main song­writ­ers, She­han Joseph of Tawa.

‘‘It was 16th high­est sell­ing al­bum in New Zealand last week, plac­ing it ahead of Queen and Cold­play.

‘‘The al­bum is an ex­pres­sion of praise and wor­ship in our church.’’

The boost in al­bum sales sprang from the Arise Church an­nual con­fer­ence in Wellington a fort­night ago.

It was at­tended by 5500 peo­ple, with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from more than 300 churches na­tion­wide.

The ti­tle track, re­leased as a sin­gle, is also in the sin­gles charts.

This fol­lows the al­bum’s first top 20 sin­gle, I’m in Love with Je­sus, which en­tered the iTunes top 10 24 hours after its re­lease last De­cem­ber.

Though Joseph was sur­prised at the level of sales, he said chart suc­cess was not a pri­or­ity.

‘‘I don’t re­ally think about the charts as much as I think about peo­ple get­ting closer to God,’’ he said.

Joseph is pleased many will take the mu­sic out­side the church walls, and into cars, lounges, iPods and bed­rooms.

Arise se­nior pas­tor John Cameron said he was en­cour­aged and ex­cited by the cre­ativ­ity within his church.

‘‘We be­lieve mu­sic of this kind is great for the heart, mind and soul,’’ he said. ‘‘Mu­sic is a vi­tal com­po­nent in how Arise con­ducts its ser­vices.’’

The al­bum, and as­so­ci­ated videos, was self- funded, with vol­un­teer mu­si­cians and tech­ni­cians.

‘‘We did it on a shoestring bud­get,’’ Joseph said.

Joseph, who has a mu­sic de­gree, is al­ready look­ing to the fu­ture. He has a few songs that could sur­face for another al­bum, but in the mean­time he and his church friends are look­ing to tour the al­bum early next year.

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