DJs LOVE TO SING
AUSSIE DJs have been cutting records for almost as long as there’s been radio stations.
John Laws, Ward Austin, Ian MacCrae, Ken Sparks, Dave & The Derros, D-Generation, Peter Plus with Bazz and Pilko, John Vincent, and Ted Bull spring immediately to mind.
And several singers – Claire Bowditch, Christine Anu, Johnny Young, John Paul Young, Glenn Shorrock, Normie Rowe, Mike Brady, as well as Red Symons from Skyhooks have – at various times – turned to presenting on-air shifts.
Christian radio has its fair share of singing DJs too including Justin Michael from Compliments Of Gus. He was the ‘breakfast host’ at 96Three in Geelong for several years and Guryel [GOO-RE-EL] Ali (a worship artist) replaced him.
Tanya Gordon presented the mornings on 96Five in Brisbane in several years, and Mike Rayson worked for both Vision Christian Radio and Hope 1032 in Sydney at different times.
Shari [Sherri] Hall was part of the on-air team at 106Five on the Sunshine Coast, while Paul Morrison and his on-air partner Kirste (another singer) both present Brekky each day in Perth.
And now, Martin Fawkes – formerly of the Green Room at LightFM (Melbourne) has released the second project from Ocean Deep, which he’s an integral part. He joins us…
Ocean Deep’s new song is called Just Say.
The Grammy Awards – music’s “biggest night of the year” – this week celebrated the achievements of hundreds of singers, songwriters, musicians, composers, arrangers, lyricists, engineers, and producers – even those that write liner notes – at a ceremony at the Staple Centre in Los Angeles.
Regarded as the world’s most prestigious music awards, the Grammys honoured all genres including Christian and gospel.
tobyMac took out a ‘gold-plated trophy’ for Best Contemporary Christian album with his project, This Is Not A Test.
Francesca Battistelli won her ‘gilded gramophone’ for Best Christian Music Performance with the song Holy Spirit.
Kirk Franklin walked away with the ‘statue’ for Best Gospel Performance for Wanna Be Happy.
Israel Houghton [Ho-TUN] and New Breed took out the award for Best Gospel Album with the project Covered: Live In Asia. (Incidentally, Henry Seely formerly of Planetshakers mixed that album.)
And a group known as The Fairfield Four – you might remember them from the
O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack a few years back – wrapped up the Christian and gospel categories with the win for Best Roots Gospel Album for Still Rocking My Soul.
If you’re not sure what all the fuss is about, the Grammys celebrate outstanding achievement in music.
The awards started in 1959 as a way to honor people who produce really great music – and it’s continued ever since.
It started off with more than 100 different categories, now there’s only 83.
The name Grammy is actually short for gramophone – which was the machine invented in the 19th century to play music records. The top of it looks like a trumpet.
Last year, Aussies For King & Country took home two Grammies – one for their album Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. in the category that tobyMac won this week; and a second one for the song Messengers with Lecrae for Best Christian Performance – which Francesca Battistelli won this time.
In 2000, the duo’s sister – Rebecca St James – nabbed a Grammy for Best Rock Gospel for her album Pray.