Hey family and friends,
I hope you're having a well-deserved break and enjoying some time with your loved ones this Christmas season.
Earlier this year we announced that we would be taking a break from the road in 2013 - it's been an intense seven years of travel and ministry for all of us.
Not living out of a suitcase has allowed us to reconnect with our families and friends in a whole new way. We've all really enjoyed venturing into new creative projects and having our feet planted in one city for a little while. October saw us all come together to celebrate our frontman Omega's wedding, and wish him well on a new journey with his wife Sarah.
Sometimes, new journeys must start with an end. We want to let you know today that Omega has decided to finish his season with the Parachute Band. While this is sure to be bittersweet news for a lot of you, we know this decision means he will have more time to enjoy marriage and to invest more into his local church community.
We're fully supportive of Omega's decision, and more importantly, fully supportive of him. We want to thank him for seven years of faithful service through a demanding schedule. He has shared his powerful testimony around the world and will continue to do so - we're so grateful for this chapter.
I'm sure you'll join us in wishing Omega the best for the future. I also want to take this time to say a massive THANKYOU to all of you who have supported us, prayed for us and cheered us on over the past seven years. We couldn't have even begun to do what we have without the love and support of our family worldwide.
Parachute Band is, and always has been, a community of people passionate about taking worship music from NZ to the world, and seeing people encounter God in a fresh way. This is by no means the end. We'll be sure to keep you all posted on future plans for the band.
Thanks again and have a very merry Christmas.
Sam de Jong
Parachute Band wins third VNZMA
Auckland, November 2, 2012 – Worship outfit Parachute Band has taken out Best Christian/Gospel album at last night’s Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards for their album ‘Matins:Vespers’.
An ambitious double album, ‘Matins:Vespers’ combines the exciting exploration of Parachute Band’s sound with a nod to the ancient rhythms of church tradition. The album entered the New Zealand Top 40 charts at #2 on its release, also reaching #4 on the New Zealand iTunes charts and topping local iTunes inspirational charts.
The Top 5 entries in the KEEP THE FIRE BURNING REMIX COMP have been announced!!
All the entries were great so check out the Top 5 here:
Parachute Music has been, and continues to be, one of the strongest voices in shifting the pop culture of New Zealand. It has positively affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of people world-wide with the music it's created, but we need YOUR help to keep it happening.
Parachute Band (along with 24 other amazing NZ bands) are going to be involved in "Parachute Studios present: The Neverending." A 24-hour, 24 band telethon. This will be streamed live online (URL tbc)
I ask you to please sponsor me here, and help keep the music playing.
PARACHUTE BAND // MATINS : VESPERS
A double album, MATINS : VESPERS combines the exciting exploration of Parachute Band’s sound with a nod to the ancient rhythms of worship. The album’s name references the concept; a modern twist on the old canonical offices.
MATINS, the first disc, presents a modern spin on the orthodox practice of the “morning songs” – the litanies that accompanied the rising of the day. The seven tracks on MATINS boast some of the band’s most exciting musical evolution yet. Fearless electronic ambition is treated with polished production; from the crisp synths and anthemic strains of ‘The City of the Lord’ to the Bon Iver-esque auto-tuned harmonies lying below the surface of ‘Run to You’. Lead single ‘Keep the Fire Burning’ takes the band’s songwriting to a new level; hints of electronica merge with insistent rhythms in a worship song that is equal parts pop anthem.
The second disc, signals a bold new move for the band. As with MATINS, VESPERS pays tribute to the practice of “evening prayers”; the spacious, quiet reflections accompanying the close of the day. Consisting of seven sprawling, wordless atmospheres, VESPERS presents a canvas for devotion, from the Sigur Ros-like strains of ‘Hark’ to the synthetic nature-scape ‘Rallentando’, a track that channels ambient sound artist James Blake.
To get a free download of "Keep The Fire Burning", the first single from the album, visit www.facebook.com/parachuteband
* Matins : Vespers will be released on Jan 27th at Parachute 2012. *
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