The theme song for World Youth Day 2008 was written by singer/songwriter Guy Sebastian, the winner of the first Australian Idol contest in 2003.Incidentally, Guy's father was a co-worker of the friend I visited in Adelaide. (He's of Malay Indian descent, if I recall correctly. Guy, not my friend.) Small world!
"Receive the Power" was written by Sebastian, who will also perform the song at the World Youth Day in July 2008.
In choosing the song, the World Youth Day coordinator, Auxiliary Bishop Anthony Fisher, said that "we wanted a song that was stirring and uplifting."
He added: "The ... theme had to measure up thematically and be an anthem -- yet be easily sung by people of all language backgrounds.
"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 remarked that when the World Youth Day organizers heard "Receive the Power," they knew that they had found their anthem: "To put it simply, 'Receive the Power' hit the mark."
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Winner of Australian Idol composes WYD anthem