John Newsome will perform at live@thechapel in Gympie on Sunday.
John Newsome will perform at live@thechapel in Gympie on Sunday. Contributed

John set to rock church

NEWCASTLE singer/songwriter John Newsome and his combination of pop, rock and folk will take his audience on a journey of faith and hope at the fourth live@thechapel at Gympie Lutheran Church this Sunday.

John's music has resonated with Gympie's Lutheran pastor Frank Rasenberger, who says he doesn't know why he hasn't come across Newsome's music before.

"It was the artist himself who introduced his kind self and music to me," Frank said.

"After listening to his Falling Awake (2011) album several times now, I must say that I'm really impressed - it's a strong offering.

"Newsome can rock with the best of them.

"With rockers like Relentlessly and Come To Life, and rock ballads like Rescue and the title track, rock stations such as Triple M, Rebel Rock and our own Zinc FM are doing themselves and listeners a disservice in not adding these songs to their play list.

"I reckon Jon Anderson of Yes fame would be suitably impressed with Eternity, and I think John's vocals are reminiscent of legendary guitarist/singer Phil Keaggy."

Creative and gifted, John Newsome began his musical dreamings in Newcastle, in New South Wales at the age of 14.

Songwriting came naturally to John with his first song receiving radio airplay at just 18. Since then he has been captivating audiences small and large with his honest inspiring sounds and exceptional vocal talent.

John's music is catchy and infectious - embedded with meaningful poetic lyrics. It's his versatility as an artist to young, medium-young and a bit older than that, which makes him a quality to look out for.

John, who is devoted to his marriage and three young children, has a passion for the local church, and a dedication to teach and train future musicians.

He desires to create eagerly-anticipated music in a leafy place with the sun streaming through the trees - inspiring others to reach for their own dreams.

Falling Awake is the much-anticipated follow up to his debut album Mesmerising.

There will be no set fee charged at Sunday's live@thechapel, but there will be a retiring offering towards John's travelling expenses. The concert gets under way in the Lutheran Church, 9 Nash St (opposite Gympie Custom Framing) at 6.30 pm and ends with supper.

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