Mu­sic made for a good cause

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DAVE CRAMP­TON

Mu­si­cian Peter Wool­ston has come a long way since grow­ing up in Tawa.

The for­mer Tawa Col­lege mu­si­cian is about to re­lease his sec­ond al­bum and in­tends do­nat­ing some of the prof­its to a float­ing hos­pi­tal.

Wool­ston has per­formed in many parts of the world, in­clud­ing the United States, China, Bul­garia, Ro­ma­nia and Rus­sia – a far cry from singing to his Tawa neigh­bours.

‘‘When I was around 10, I would sing songs off the ra­dio for neigh­bours on the back steps, and was drafted into school choirs and con­certs,’’ he said.

Though well known in Welling­ton, Wool­ston now lives in Auck­land.

He is do­nat­ing half of the sales of the ti­tle track of his al­bum, Hope On My Hori­zon, to a float­ing hos­pi­tal called Mercy Ships.

Wool­ston is a mu­si­cal am­bas­sador for the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

‘‘When I was a young mu­si­cian, I en­joyed na­tional suc­cess, but I al­ways knew the real stuff of life was more than pranc­ing about on stage,’’ he said.

Since 1978, Mercy Ships has per­formed more than one bil­lion dol­lars’ worth of life chang­ing med­i­cal ser­vices on hun­dreds of thou­sands of the world’s poor­est peo­ple – all for free.

The float­ing hos­pi­tal is pow­ered by vol­un­tary med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als from more than 40 coun­tries, in­clud­ing New Zealand.

Wool­ston said he re­alised mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives didn’t come cheap, which is why he’s do­nat­ing much of his work.

He said he was blown away by the self­less­ness of the Mercy Ships’ med­i­cal staff, who give up so much of their time, money and en­ergy to pro­vide life-chang­ing help to the peo­ple of Africa.

‘‘Then it got me think­ing. What could I give that could make a dif­fer­ence too?

‘‘Ev­ery­one has a skill they can do­nate to wor­thy or­gan­i­sa­tions like Mercy Ships.

‘‘ Mine just hap­pens mu­sic.’’

The al­bum, recorded in Syd­ney and due for re­lease on July 1, is characterised by Wool­ston’s melodic and gui­tar pow­ered al­ter­na­tive rock.

Each track draws on his pen­chant for deep thought and is con­sis­tently introspective and se­ri­ous minded – and mem­o­rable.

The mu­sic video for the al­bum’s sec­ond sin­gle, I Be­lieve In You, was re­leased on May 30.

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