Aussie Christian music: Garage Hymnal

by Narelle Atkins

If you asked most people, both here in Australia and overseas, who they associate with Aussie Christian music, their first thought will probably be Hillsong. Back in 2008 I attended a worship service at a writing conference in San Francisco and one of the songs we sang was Darlene Zchech’s ‘Shout to the Lord’.

There are a number of Aussies who are recording Christian music. Garage Hymnal is a Sydney based band who formed in 2004. They have released four albums, with a fifth album in the works.

I was introduced to Garage Hymnal’s music at my local church a few years ago when we sang ‘Take My Life’ from their debut album. The words for ‘Take My Life’ are from a hymn written in 1874 by Frances R. Havergal. Other Garage Hymnal songs we sing at church include ‘We Belong to the Day’ and ‘The Light has Found Us’.

You can check out their music and their unique Aussie sound on YouTube. I’ve included links below to their website where you can view YouTube clips of a couple of their song performances from their latest album ‘Unity’.

You’ll also find training resources for church bands and sheet music on their website.

2 thoughts on “Aussie Christian music: Garage Hymnal

  1. We use some of garage hymnal at our church too and I enjoy singing them, the old words with new tunes etc. Of course I still love Shout to the Lord too. It’s good to have variety.

    • Hi Dale, I agree it’s great to have a mix of music and I love some of the old hymns as well as contemporary music. And it was interesting hearing ‘Shout to the Lord’ sung with an American accent. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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