[notice]Luchae Williams chats to Joe Niemand about what God is doing through his ministry and his upcoming event.[/notice]
Award winning singer and songwriter, Joe Niemand, will be ministering songs from his various albums at an annual Easter Conference at Word of Faith Christian Centre in Port Elizabeth, on Good Friday ( April 3, 2015,).
Raised in the Eastern Cape, the ‘Ek sal nie bang wees nie’ singer began writing at the tender age of 17. Niemand has since released 10 studio albums, making a name for himself on the SA music scene, with some of his songs being featured in films such as “Hansie” and the well-known track, ‘A new day for SA’ in the film “Faith like potatoes.”
Niemand has also become a regular feature at the annual Karoo Mighty Men Conference and shared that it is a privilege ministering there. “I am grateful and find it incredible that the Lord has placed me there to serve and make music.” He also currently serves on the board of SAMRO, the Southern African Music Rights Organisation, and recently won the Best Spiritual Album award at the 2014 Ghoema Awards – an event that recognises and honors excellence in Afrikaans Music in South Africa.
Here is his Q&A with Luchae:
How has your sound changed since you first started writing music?
A great deal! I think it changes with every project. I have released 10 albums and everyone has been unique. I don’t try and go for a specific sound as much as being led from project to project.
What has your journey with God been like?
I grew up in a Christian home but lost contact with God through bad experiences and getting hurt. I tried to get to a place of success and contentment and it ended being a dead end street. I met God again on a mountain after running out of steam trying to make myself OK. It is the greatest adventure to know Him and to want to know Him more.
You have become a familiar face to those who frequent the Mighty Men Conferences. What has been the highlight of serving there?
Seeing God change men and changing our country has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. I think some people fall into the trap of judging MMC by whatever the last meeting was; for me it is something the Lord used and is using to fundamentally change the course of our nation.
Tell us a bit more about your latest release and the heart behind it.
I felt led and challenged to make an album that followed Jesus’ example when he ministered outside of the synagogue. He told stories — thus it is an album that I hope anyone can relate to and get something from, no matter where they are on their journey
What can worshipers expect at your upcoming Easter worship concert?
An evening of music led by the Holy Spirit, a night of thanksgiving for what Jesus did for us and a reminder that Jesus loves us because of who He is and thankfully not because of who we are.
What will Joe Niemand be up to in the near future?
I have just finished building a studio and the first project is to record new theme music for 7de Laan.
Tickets to the Joe Niemand concert cost R50 per person and can be purchased by contacting Word of Faith offices at 041 399 4400 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
[notice]Gateway News will be giving away single tickets to 3 readers who can answer the following question: “Where was Joe Niemand raised?” Post your answer on our Facebook page with the hashtag #niemandticket.[/notice]