Local band releases first album

2015-12-09 06:00
The band (from left) Jessica Hohne, Dwaine Hohne, Carien Barrett, Nathan Barrett, Jonathan Davis, Lesleigh (baby Samuel), Davis, Lisa Hansen, Grant Hansen, Leon Pretorius and Janine Pretorius. Photo: supplied

The band (from left) Jessica Hohne, Dwaine Hohne, Carien Barrett, Nathan Barrett, Jonathan Davis, Lesleigh (baby Samuel), Davis, Lisa Hansen, Grant Hansen, Leon Pretorius and Janine Pretorius. Photo: supplied

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LOCAL band liveFire will release releasing their first album - Magnify - next week. The worship album features six songs written by the band and will be available on iTunes, Google Play and from most digital stores from 16 December.

“The sound of the album is unique, every song is different. Of the six tracks three are really upbeat songs, while the other three are intense worship songs - one of these being a live recording,” said band member Dwaine Hohne.

There are 10 band members - Grant and Lisa Hansen, Leon and Janine Pretorius, Jonathan and Lesleigh Davis, Nathan and Carien Barrett and Dwaine and Jessica Hohne. The five men play instruments including the bass guitar, electric guitar, keyboard and drums, while their wives add backing vocals. The band are all members of Kingsway Church International, with liveFire as a separate entity.

Hohne said one of the other members of the band and himself had the vision of recording an album years ago and were “prayerfully” working towards it.
“At the beginning of the year, one of our church members, Tony Penfold­, approached us to fund the album as part of a drive to raise funds for our church’s building fund, so we’ve been practicing two to three times a week since then. We originally had 10 songs, but worked it down to the current six, and subsequently recorded the album in November,“ Hohne said.

All profits made will go towards Kingsway Church International’s building fund - currently services are held at Umbogintwini Primary School.

Leon says the songs on the album were written over a long period starting when Grant and Dwaine had vision for liveFire five years ago. Local sound engineer, Tyrin Hale, mixed and mastered everything technically while Richard Cullen assisted with all the engineering required at the recording venue.

Leon says the vision behind the album is for a group of friends to equip, disciple and cultivate.
“Our vision is to support other churches and equip them and cultivate a heart of worship for God. We are now just trusting God to use this album for His glory. Our hearts are to keep writing new music and release albums."

The band will perform at the Just Jesus Sessions (JJS) music festival in Ashburton on 31 December, which starts at 10am until midnight. Tickets cost R150 per person. This festival was discontinued in 2008, but has now been relaunched. Festival visitors can camp and enjoy food from a variety of stalls. The band will perform alongside artists like Majozi and John Ellis of Tree63. To book visit www.justjesus.co.za

Visit the liveFire website on www.livefiremusic.com or Facebook­ liveFiremusic

Hard copies of the CD will make an ideal Christmas gift and is available from the Kingsway Church International’s office after 16 December and will also be on sale at JJS. If you would like to buy a copy, contact Dwaine on info@livefiremu sic.com

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