This July is Canada's 150th birthday. I thought, wouldn't it be cool to have a new version of our national anthem recorded, using the artists who make the music we all love! And so began the project of recording "O Canada".
For years, I've dreamed of recording the national anthem, in a "we are the world" format, bringing in a dozen well-known artists, and each of them singing a lyric line, backed-up by an all-star chorus of singers.
With this year being the 150th anniversary of Canada, it seemed like the right time.
I contacted Andy Horrocks - the award winning producer. Andy is generally known as "the" producer for Christian music in Canada. I'm not sure how many Covenant Awards he has won as Producer of the Year. Or, how many songs he has produced, but "a bunch" would be modest.
Between Andy and myself, we had contact with nearly all of the most well-known artists in the Canadian Christian music industry.
From there, I handed it over to Andy.
Andy brought in a house band to lay down the music track and then he set-up one day for all of the singers to come to his Kitchener studio to record.
He has a large living room and there, on the floor, lay 25 headsets, positioned where each singer was to stand.
It was a fabulous day, hanging out, with all those talented singers in one room. And those who could not attend, recorded their part in a local studio and sent the track to us.
I was overwhelmed in emotion to see all these people, sing so effortlessly, in a patriot way, and honour Canada at this once-in-a-lifetime event.
After the chorus was sung by the collective band, each lead singer went in the studio to sing their part, all directed by Andy.
We named the group Christian Artists For Canada 150. Thanks to David Wang for producing a video to capture a very memorable event in the making.
"O Canada" is released on iTunes, Spotify and included in a national radio special that airs on most Christian radio stations across Canada on Canada Day!
My thanks to all the singers who caught the vision and sacrificed time to be part of this INCREDIBLE piece of music history.