Guy's WYD song to welcome cross and icon

Former Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian will play his gospel "anthem" for World Youth Day 2008 for the first time in public as Sydney welcomes the WYD cross and icon at Darling Harbour next Sunday.

The Herald Sund reports that the former Australian Idol winner wrote the song, which he sings with Paulini Curuenavuli in the lead-up to next year's event in Sydney from 15 July to 20 July.

"I am not Catholic as such, but I guess the fundamentals - Christ-based faith - are in place," Sebastian said.

Sebastian told Take40 that he wrote the song in "three minutes".

"I just got on the piano, it was really strange. It (songwriting) will take you a couple of days sometimes ... but I got on the piano and I think coz it's sort of spiritual type music - I've sung that stuff since I was a little kid and it just sort of flowed ..."

Guy said that he wrote the whole song really quickly, just by "singing the lyrics as I was writing the song.

"It was... one of those songs that was written in three minutes!"

Guy enlisted the help of fellow Aussie Idol graduate Paulini to record the track. "I got Paulini in the studio... she makes an appearance on the songs and signs it as sort of a duet with me and she's great," Guy said.

"I guess to write it just came naturally. It was one of the quickest songs I've ever written."

Sebastian is also a World Vision ambassador and high-profile Christian, and grew up in Adelaide as a member of the Paradise Community Church.

"I have always been open about my faith," said Sebastian, who is now based in Sydney.

"I am pretty big on being honest and not hiding how I feel. Whether you are religious or not, you really have to stay true to your guns."

Sebastian has often spoken of his desire to record gospel music. Though he's sung in many a church, this is the first time he's sung gospel music professionally.

Receive the Power will also be released in French, Spanish and Italian.

Sebastian and Paulini will perform the song on World Youth Day and will launch the track in Sydney next Sunday.

Paulini is also religious and was thrilled to be able to lend her voice to the project.

"I feel truly blessed to be a part of this amazing day and to have sung on this breathtaking, truly beautiful song," she said.

(Herald Sun, 23/6/07)
Guy and Paulini power on (Perth Now, 24/6/07)
Take 40
Guy gives voice to God (Daily Telegraph, 23/6/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
WYD anthem video clip (Guy Sebastian, News.com.au)
World Youth Day 2008
Guy Sebastian | Guy Sebastian (Wikipedia)
Paulini's Official Site | Paulini Curuenavuli (Wikipedia)

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25 Jun 2007