20 Oct 2020

WATCH: Christchurch singer Marley Sola and his new gospel project Anthem

From RNZ Music, 1:00 pm on 20 October 2020

23-year-old Marley Sola started his musical career in 2013 as a member of X Factor band Moorhouse. He's spent the last few years establishing himself as a solo artist, and is now gearing up to release a new collaborative project called Anthem.

Anthem is a collaboration spearheaded by Marley and his friend and business partner Nathan Phillips, who run Christchurch vocal and artist development company Nathan Phillips Vocals together.

They’ve brought together a bunch of Kiwi musicians including Vince Harder, Adeaze, and Tone6 – the choir featured on Savage’s latest single ‘Reach Out’ – to create gospel-pop record Anthem, which is due out early next year

Marley and Nathan were inspired by artists such as Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, and American gospel musician and choir director Kirk Franklin. They wanted to create a pop-gospel record with an Aotearoa twist.

To give us a taste of what’s to come, Marley gathered together the Anthem Choir – made up of students and tutors from Nathan Phillips Vocals – and players Zion Tauamiti (drums), Steve Lasi (keyboard) and Seta Timo (bass), to perform songs from the forthcoming album.