Brooke Fraser was born and raised in a not-so-hip area of a hip little city in the most beautiful country on God's green earth - Wellington, New Zealand. She studied piano from the age of seven, began writing songs at 12, played clarinet very averagely from 13, and at 15 got sick of writing slow piano ballads and playing "Baby Elephant Walk" in the school concert band, so taught herself the acoustic guitar. She still has quiet aspirations of being a drummer in a hardcore band or a forensic anthropologist, or a really great knitter, but these remain pipe dreams for now.
Brooke was co-erced into playing in public during her first year in high school, when the dean of the senior year wanted an assembly ‘item' and one of Brooke's so-called 'friends' dobbed her in. This led to a semi-humiliating but character building bi-weekly 'gig' at the senior assembly. Over the next few years as her songs stopped being about insects, her 'gigs' became music festivals, support shows and fundraisers for a charity that she remains committed to and passionate about today - World Vision.
In 2002 at 18, Brooke signed with Sony Music (now SonyBMG) and moved to Auckland where she played regularly at the grassroots/indie/acoustic venue 'The Temple' (no longer in existence) whilst continuing to write material for her debut album.
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We arrange all of our top songs in four-part harmony (SATB) so that your choir can lead the way when it is time to worship at church. And besides, people look best in choir robes. We know this, and you know this. Here is a list of our top downloaded choir sheets. You can bet that all the worship songs that show up at the top of this list are well suited for choir.
Through Christ and the greatest act of love, we gain possession of a renewed identity. Redemption is the divine transaction between God and His plan to use our heartache for the liberation of our souls. Christ’s death reclaims humanity, and redemption is our access to eternal salvation. Here is a list of songs to celebrate the gift of redemption.
Assurance in the Christian life is two-fold. Our assurance of salvation comes from Christ’s saving work that purchased and granted to us and keeps the fulfillment of all his promises to us (2 Peter 1:4.) Our assurance of faith that Hebrews 10 speaks of is both a gift of God and something we must grow. It comes from walking through trials, conflict, sorrow, hardship that refines, strengthens and deepens our trust in God. Here are songs about assurance.
“In Christ alone my hope is found, he is my light, my strength, my song.” These words from Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend echo deep theological truths. Yet often we need to be reminded of the hope we have, as it is easy to get distracted by daily activiities, challenges and hard times. Here is a list of songs that will encourage and offer assurance of the hope we have.