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Cathedral’s first organ scholar pulling all stops to entice young musicians

Rachael Shipard

IT might be rare to see a young person behind the organ at Mass but for Rachael Shipard it’s the rightful place for a Catholic musician. The 21-year-old classically-trained pianist is the first organ scholar to be appointed to St Stephen’s Cathedral, under the Ralph Morton Memorial Organ Scholarship, launched earlier this year. It’s a new direction for the award-winning ... Read More »

Hear the new noise from emmanuelworship

emmanuelworship in the studio

CALLING a new album noise would be offensive to most musicians but not for the worship leaders in Brisbane’s emmanuelworship. For months the team have worked on a new album to recreate the “mighty noise from heaven” that the disciples heard on Pentecost 2000 years ago. That heavenly noise has been captured in Ventus (Noise from Heaven), emmanuelworship’s latest live ... Read More »

Emmaus College student inspired to pursue music career despite losing knockout round on The Voice

Ruby Jo on The Voice

SOULFUL singer and Emmaus College student Ruby Jo has described her time on television series The Voice as a “blessed” experience. The 15-year-old Chambers Flat musician performed Scars to Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara, gaining a place on United Kingdom singer Seal’s team. She appeared in the subsequent knockout round on May 23 which marked the end of her journey ... Read More »

Singing from the heart: Music is Julie McCoy’s prayer of pure joy

Julie McCoy

JULIE McCoy is the kind of Christian Pope Francis would be cheering for. In his document, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), he said Christians must be people of joy and not “look like someone who has just come back from a funeral” if they’re ever going to draw others to the Gospel. Julie is definitely one of the ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Toowoomba muso Josh Arnold strikes a chord with Catholic schools

Josh Arnold

JOSH Arnold grew up on the Darling Downs learning about farming and music and attending a small Catholic school in Tara. It was fertile ground for a singer-songwriter inspired by the wide open spaces and endless skies, and who has just released a song titled Catholic Schools in Queensland. The song is a celebration of the work and achievements of Queensland’s 300 ... Read More »

God is Loretta’s conductor

Regents Park Catholic Loretta Anderson

MOTHERLY love became the stepping-stone that inspired Regents Park Catholic Loretta Anderson to pen 471 hymns over the past 32 years. Ms Anderson has 471 unpublished songs accompanied by journal entries on her life’s trials and triumphs gathering dust on a shelf in her home office. Her compositions include hymns of healing to express how her own mother encouraged her ... Read More »

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