Longtime favorites in their home country of New Zealand, where they have scored numerous number one hits, awards and two gold-certified albums, praise and worship favorites Parachute Band will impact the U.S. with their latest release, Amazing. The project hits stores from Worship Extreme (Provident Music Distribution) on January 29, 2002, at a limited time introductory price of $12.99.
As a special radio remix created exclusively for the U.S. of “Complete,” the first single from Amazing, hits airwaves, Parachute Band will be preparing for a multi-leg U.S. tour which is slated to bring them to America for a February and March tour of the west coast. Later in 2002, they will return for an April tour of the east coast, as well as a summer and fall leg.
Co-produced by Bryan Lenox (Sonicflood, dc Talk, Michael W. Smith) and Wayne Huirua (music director and vocalist for Parachute Band), Amazing features a range of musical styles from groove-based praise to soulful, heartfelt worship. In addition to songs collected from churches all over New Zealand, much of the album was also written or co-written by band members Wayne and Libby Huirua and Chris de Jong.
Fans will already be exposed to the worshipful sounds of the latest from Parachute Band on Provident Music Distribution?s First Look sampler, which will hit stores on December 26, 2001, and also features music from City On A Hill 2, Third Day’s Offerings, and Michael W. Smith’s Worship among others. Nearly 120,000 of the free enhanced CD samplers will go out to consumers through retail outlets, and will include a $2-off coupon towards the products. Additional price-pointing on Amazing until March 1, 2002, at $12.99 CD, will give consumers a bonus value.
“Amazing,” the band’s first short-form music video, was filmed in New Zealand and will be serviced in the U.S. to over 150 regional and national video outlets through promotions firm AristoMedia. The video will also be provided on in-store video loops at retail outlets for additional exposure.
Amazing follows the success of the release of a special U.S. double-album package from Parachute Band of their two previous albums, Love and Adore. In New Zealand, all four of the band’s previous projects have certified gold sales status, and the group has taken home numerous awards, including the 2000 Gospel Album of the Year at the New Zealand Music and Entertainment Awards for Love.
Notes Libby Huirua, “This is not a band in the normal sense – we are a group of friends who love music and love leading people in worship. The bottom line for us is building the church, drawing people closer to Christ and ‘resourcing’ churches with fresh songs.”
Parachute Festival 2002
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