Life-changing music

2011-07-22 00:00

WHAT is the latest in the life of Shaun P?

I’m channeling most of my energy in promoting my new album. Everyday of My Life has been received really well. The album is changing lives, we hear it first hand. I’m pleased with the responses. When lives are changed, it means the album is fulfilling its original purpose. I’m also working on some new musical ­arrangements for the next release.

Describe your musical background for those who aren’t familiar with your music.

My musical background comes more from a classical genre, due to my musical studies. However, most of my movements have been in the church circles. I began to pride myself in praise and worship music, due to all my influences. I have been listening to Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Byron Cage, Marvin Sapp, Michael W. Smith, Chris Tomlin and many other prominent worship leaders. But ultimately, I prefer having an original, authentic sound that comes from the throne room of heaven.

As a songwriter, do you find it best to wait until you feel inspired to write, or write continuously?

I’m inspired to write all the time. Melodies and lyrics keep coming to me from life’s experiences, meditating with the Lord, and life circumstances. I personally found that the best time to write is when it’s not so convenient or appropriate. God inspires me at the most obscene times. But I realise that it’s a message that He needs to convey, and that I was selected to deliver that message. An awesome responsibility and privilege.

What are the main challenges you face as someone who writes ­worship songs?

The major challenge is avoiding duplications in your writing and productions. I want to remain current and be on top of my game, so therefore I set myself high standards, and sometimes achieving those standards and goals can be challenging. Therefore, it’s essential to be inspired by the Holy Spirit, to stay innovative and creative.

What traps can songwriters fall ­into?

Basically, do not be a clone of someone else. It’s dangerous. You have been created as an original, therefore you have your own authenticity. Furthermore, God will not recognise you if you are trying to be someone else.

Tell us about the title song of this album — where did the inspiration for it come from?

The title song was actually written for people who deal with identity issues and broken focus. The song is aimed at bringing back a a place where you find your place in the kingdom, understanding your position in God, and recommitting your life and living your life as the favoured of God. The song was most definitely inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Who are the musicians you worked with on this album? Can you tell us a bit about them?

Wayne Rengasamy, who is my co-producer, on keyboards, synths, organs and brass. He has a wonderful understanding of what I expected from the production. His delivery was exceptional. Shayne Kistensamy, who is my guitarist. He always has something funny to say or do, even in the most serious moment. Alwyn John Singh, who is my drummer. A really great person to work with. He has a great temperament, and some crazy chops. I like his progression. Kevin Rengasamy, my bassist. Crazy fingers on the bass. Despite all the natural circumstances and challenges that he faced, he still came out a winner. My back-up vocals were ­Renae Celeste Soobiah, Vanessa Moodley, Euodias Rengasamy, Leesa Gerald, Gareth Anderson and Wayne. All these guys are worshippers. Real people with ­real issues, but big hearts.

What’s the biggest challenge for you as a South African musician in the worship context?

The biggest challenge is working with people who don’t have the same mind-set as me. But it’s something that I have to take in my stride.

What are your future plans?

My plan is to release another six life-changing albums. Development and impartation are also my priorities.

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