Chela Williams | Music director
Entertainer, television and radio host, musician, singer, songwriter, children’s entertainer and all-round Aussie legend Colin Buchanan has released his most ambitious project to date. Literally birthed from a shoebox of songs and ideas, Calvary Road is an honest showcase of the ARIA winner’s faith.
“I am something of an unstoppable songwriter,” confesses Colin.
“Rather than start writing when I have a project in mind I find myself writing songs that could suit a wide variety of projects. I knew that there was a growing number of songs in a shoebox that could become the Calvary Road album.”
Since bursting on our TV screens in 1993 as a presenter for Play School subsequently releasing his first Christian kids album three years later, Colin is arguably regarded as one of Australia’s most popular Christian children’s entertainers.
“It has been a blessing to maintain a connection to children since my first qualification was as a primary school teacher,” explains Colin.
“I learned so much working alongside the likes of John, Monica and Noni on the set of Play School. Even though my kids Christian songs pre-date my time on the show by up to a decade it wasn’t until 1996 that I release my first kids’ Christian album. I’m very grateful for that sphere of my career which has exceeded all the expectations I ever had for my little independent album called ‘Remember the Lord’.”
Colin’s approach to song writing is incredibly candid and vulnerable including title track Outside the Camp, a reflective song about finding Jesus through the darkest moments of our lives.
“In our life of ease, we carefully and hopefully weave our way around loss, illness, darkness and death. It turns out that is the very place that we find Jesus — literally,” says Colin.
“(Songs are a) way of sharing something you’ve felt and thought with other people. And if the song does its job well, it will take the listener into another place and time and life. All that is a very special thing to be involved with. It’s never certain, it’s full of surprises. I started writing songs as a teenager and it seems like I just haven’t been able to kick the habit.”
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