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Music, Mary and Metallica: Emma Fradd’s stairway to heaven

THERE were two things that changed Emma Fradd’s life. The first was the Gibson Flying V guitar James Hetfield of the heavy metal band Metallica strummed in the ’90s. Or more specifically, it was seeing her older brother hold a replica of the Mighty Het’s prized possession as a teenager.  “Little skinny white boy with a big axe guitar,” she ... Read More »

Three generations happy to be serving the Lord

The Wilmers

WHEN Michele Wilmer surveyed the jubilant 1600-strong crowd at an evening rally of Emmanuel Community’s Ignite Conference in late September she was overcome with pride.  Her son Alex and his son Lucas, guitarists in the emmanuelworship band, were leading conference participants in a dynamic, well-known and well-loved style of prayer and worship.  “(I felt) oh wow, they’re so good; when ... Read More »

Q&A with Andrea Bocelli

Andrea Bocelli

Italy’s most famous musician sat down with Zenit for a chat about his childhood and why his mother saved his life by refusing an abortion. Q: You were born in Lajatico, a small village on the hills, near Pisa, in the Valdera region. You spent your childhood among olive groves and fields in the wonderful land of Tuscany. Why today, when ... Read More »

Young cancer survivor Chelsea Stutchbury names debut single after chemotherapy drug

Chelsea and Taylor feature

VINCRISTINE. It is the name of a chemotherapy drug, and it is also the title of a debut single from 18-year-old singer and cancer survivor Chelsea Stutchbury. In 2014, Chelsea was halfway through her final-year studies at Bundaberg’s Shalom College when she was diagnosed with lymphoma. During the next few months she was forced to undergo three intensive rounds of ... Read More »

Brisbane country singer makes dream trip to Nashville

Bridget O'Shannessy

RISING Brisbane country musician Bridget O’Shannessy (pictured) had her childhood wish granted when she made her debut performance in America’s music city last week. The 16-year-old from Brisbane played her first live performance in Nashville, Tennessee, as a finalist for an international song competition. The talented young singer also met with major music producers, record company representatives and songwriters to ... Read More »

Queensland seminarians recording first liturgical music CD

Seminarians singing

QUEENSLAND’S future priests will bring ancient Church music to life in a new album available next year. The first in a series of CDs will include ancient prayers used in Catholic liturgy, in particular, psalms and canticles used in sung Masses and the Divine Office inside Queensland’s seminary. Seminarian Jack Ho is among the five future priests featured on the ... Read More »

Gus and Iggy fuse saints in music

Gus and Iggy

ST Augustine and St Ignatius lived more than 1000 years apart, but their extraordinary conversions have inspired two young Catholics to unite the holy heroes in music. Musicians Marilyn Ng, 24, and Louisa Court, 22, both originally from Sydney, go by the rock indie duo Gus and Iggy, named in memory of “two of history’s greatest minds”. “It came about because ... Read More »

Anthony Young’s a natural winner

Anthony Young

SOUTH Brisbane’s favourite music teacher has been named one of Queensland’s most inspiring educators. St Laurence’s College music and English teacher and renowned music director Anthony Young received the Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching award on World Teachers’ Day, October 30. More than 30 colleagues, school leaders and former students wrote letters to the QCT “praising his work”. ... Read More »