The Contribution of Parachute Band to Christian Music

Christian music helped to spread the Gospel to all continents of the world. In the present context, it helps fill the hearts of the believers with joy, hope and salvation. Christian music bands exist all over the world, but some have made their mark both as stage performers and producers of impeccable music albums. The name of Parachute band of New Zealand rushes into our mind when we think of Christian Music.

Parachute Band got its name from the annual Parachute Festival of New Zealand. The band came into existence in 1995 when Parachute Music, a Christian organization of New Zealand, brought together five leading musicians of that time to lead the worship services during the festivities. It is diversified from just a stage-performing group and started collecting and composing Christian songs and making albums out of them.

The original members left in 2006 making way for a youthful group of musicians. The band has reached unprecedented growth levels during the post 2006 period. But I do not mean that the first stage was inferior in any way. In fact, the pre-2006 musicians made the it famous across all the continents. The new bunch is building upon what the older members did.

The band has become famous through their mind blowing but meaningful songs. These songs are not only good to be played at churches, but can be listened to in the privacy of your bedroom, car or anywhere you like. After all, faith is a matter that is close to everyone’s heart. Listening to Parachute music can instill love for god, faith, charity and peace.

Parachute Band has stuck to gospels and scriptures while composing songs while many other bands have strayed for making easy money. Money is only a secondary thing here. The most important self-professed duty of the band is to spread the message of joy and harmony. This is the reason why the band is being invited all over the world to do stage performances and lead worship services at the most prominent churches of US and Europe.

The group has so far produced eleven albums and I am sure that more are on the anvil. The present set of musicians has brought out three albums, Technicolor, Roadmaps and Revelations and Losing Sleep. It has the expertise and infrastructure to play before huge crowds. Youngsters and old timers equally enjoy the guitar-based songs of the band for both its musical quality as well as the content.

The efforts of Parachute Band to promote the Gospel through its songs have not gone unnoticed. The number of awards and positions won by the band testifies this fact. Some of its songs remained at the top echelons of US music charts for long periods. It has been awarded Peoples Choice award of 2008 and three New Zealand Music Awards. There are many more to mention, but the band is not resting on its laurels.

The band toured Africa, Asia, Europe and Americas in 2007 spreading the word of god and proclaiming His love. Parachute Band’s genre of music was liked wherever they went and new invitations are pouring in. But the band still stands on its moorings, which are, among other things, soulful music and Word of God.

BOLA TANGKAS