Aussie idol to sing WYD theme song

Former Australian Idol star Guy Sebastian's "Receive the Power" will be the official theme song for World Youth Day in Sydney because it "hits the mark on every level", according to WYD coordinator, Bishop Anthony Fisher.

"We wanted a song that was stirring and uplifting," WYD08 Coordinator Bishop Anthony Fisher OP said in a statement.

"Above all, it had to engage young people and capture the theme of World Youth Day 2008 - namely, that you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses."

Bishop Fisher said when WYD08 organisers heard "Receive the Power", they knew they'd found their anthem.

"To put it simply, 'Receive the Power' hit the mark on every level.

"Clearly, Guy knew we needed a song that would inspire the young people of the world to take up Christ's challenge to go to the ends of the Earth and be His witnesses; for many people in the northern hemisphere, Australia is the ends of the Earth!"

Bishop Fisher said "Receive the Power" was selected after a song competition - which drew more than 120 entries - failed to "deliver" a clear winner.

Several composers were then invited to submit songs for consideration, from which "Receive the Power" emerged as the favoured WYD08 theme, the statement says.

A demo recording was delivered to the Pontifical Council for the Laity - the Vatican body overseeing World Youth Day preparations - which granted its approval and support when Bishop Fisher visited in April.

"The WYD08 theme had to measure up thematically and be anthemic - yet be easily sung by people of all language backgrounds," Bishop Fisher said.

"We are confident 'Receive the Power' will rally young Catholics of all backgrounds to World Youth Day in 2008."

Singer/songwriter Guy Sebastian has written songs for his Pentecostal church in Adelaide since he was 13 years old.

He originally came to prominence as the winner of the first Australian Idol in 2003. Since then, he has released three top five albums and seven top 20 singles, including three number ones.

Guy Sebastian to write and sing World Youth Day 2008 Song (WYD 2008 Media Release, 13/5/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
World Youth Day 2008
Guy Sebastian official website
Guy Sebastian (Wikipedia)
Australian Idol

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14 May 2007