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1. Find the strength- play song
2. I see Christ in you-play song
3. Human - play song
4. We believe in you-play song
5. Serenity Prayer-play song
6. Our God can never be contained-play song
7. We are Christ- play song
8. To sing the praises of God- play song
9. Glory to God medley- play song
10. Sons of Gallipoli- play song
11. In his name- play song
12. If God is the song- play song
13. Mary mother of the poor- play song
Total time: 40'04"
Chris Skinner is a priest of the Society of Mary residing in Auckland, New Zealand. In September of 2002 he lived in Chicago for four months at St Thomas the Apostle Parish. He attended the Hesburgh Sabbatical Programme attached to the Catholic Theological Union. A number of the songs on this new album were inspired by the theological input he received while in Chicago and by the places and people he met on his travels.
This is Chris' eighth album. He began recording his compositions in 1990. He won the Aotearoa/New Zealand Spirituality song composition in 1993 with his composition 'God of our Island Home'. He also composed the popular song, 'Awesome God'. He has performed his music widely throughout New Zealand and overseas. Chris has been involved in teaching, youth work and college chaplaincy (De La Salle College in Auckland and St Patrick's College, Wellington). Apart from his ministry in music, Chris, at present, is connected to Challenge 2000, a youth and community development organization based in Wellington.
This album was recorded at South Auckland studios, Manukau. It was recorded, mixed and produced by Peter Van Gent. Chris Skinner composed all music and lyrics except the words of the Serenity Prayer and the words and melody of the New Zealand National Anthem used in 'Sons of Gallipoli'.
Keyboards and arrangements: Stuart Pearce. Guitars and mandolin: Danny McCrum.
Twelve string guitar for 'Mary, Mother of the Poor': Chris Skinner
My heartfelt thanks go to Peter Van Gent for his creativity and the dedication to his craft. Peter and I have worked together for a number of years now and I continue to be fascinated and inspired by his expertise. Stuart Pearce has again produced and provided beautiful arrangements to my songs- thanks Stuart.
To my Mother & family, to the Society of Mary, to all my old friends and new friends
and supporters at home and overseas thanks for the stories, inspiration, encouragement and positive feedback. I hope you enjoy this new album and that the songs touch a chord in your lives.
Front cover photography of Trotters Gorge in East Otago by John Hornyak.
Back cover photography of the Waikareiti Track in Urewera National Park by BJ Edwards.
Portrait photographs of Chris by James Robert Shepherd.