IF you want to learn about song-writing, you won't go far wrong if you have a little helping hand from a West End star who has worked with some giants of rock.
And so youngsters from a Cockett church's youth group were grateful when Steve Balsamo agreed to join them when they came up with the idea of creating a new song of worship.
The musician, who has worked with and performed alongside the likes of Elton John and Deep Purple's Jon Lord, gave the benefit of his experience to St Peter's Church Saturday Circle Youth Club.
Steve, who famously took the lead role in Jesus Christ Superstar in London's West End, said: "The project was all about the of song-writing and how you put it together, but it also turned out brilliantly."
Working under Steve's guidance over the past few months, the youth club members decided on the theme of the song, wrote the lyrics and were involved in the vocals and instrumentals that can be heard on their CD, Born of the Son.
The lyrics tell of the creation of the world, while remembering that the world is ravaged by war, want and need.
A youth group spokesman said: "They had little idea whether their efforts would be and they could not have possibly imagined the exciting journey on which they were about to embark or that the final outcome would be so professional.
"But when Steve stepped in and offered to help and with the project and sing lead vocals, it gained significant momentum .
"We are extremely grateful to him for his invaluable help in what had been a wonderful experience and also for the support that St. Peter's Mission Committee had given in the project," said the spokesman.
Steve added: "I was approached by the vicar and his wife to see if I could help out, and I was keen to get involved.
"I enjoyed seeing how they reacted to the song-writing process, and working with them to record the song and get it recorded.
"In a way the song was secondary to the song-writing process, but we are all really happy with how it turned out."
The CD of the song and film can be bought via the Cockett Parish Website at www.cockettparish.org.uk, or through the church's Rev. Alex Pye.
Proceeds will go towards a number of local charities
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It's been a busy couple of weeks- meetings, photo shoots and writing. My website is now up and running again with links to tour dates, diary, twitter and other stuff you would find on websites- enjoy the sun - it's blazing already . http://www.rosaliedeighton.com
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
A couple of months ago my neighbour, Rev Alex Pye asked if would I get involved in a musical project with the youth group of St Peter's Church, Swansea. Over the next few weeks we wrote and arranged a worship song called Born Of The Son and... called the group Saturday Circle. We recorded it at my good friend Andrew Griffith's studio and another mate, Gareth Davies made a cool film of the process. If you feel moved to (...especially my Christian friends!...) please share far and wide! Many thanks!
To watch the video click on the title below!
Born of the Son
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Friday, June 6, 2014
Another preview of a new song...These Four Walls is one of our faves from our sessions for the new album. Simple, acoustic and emotional we think! Written while the studio was being set up to record another song. Rosalie started it and I had the shiver. Please Let us know if you dig..or not? thank yooo muchly! www.balsamodeighton.com x