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Greg Sczebel
Faith Evangelical Missionary Church
May 15, 2005
During the Shai Awards in Toronto last weekend Greg Sczebel received three awards and teased the audience with just one song as he was a featured performer for the event. On the 15th, however, in Kitchener, at Faith Evangelical Missionary Church, Sczebel proved to be the ultimate entertainer with his upbeat jazz and sometimes urban sound.

Backed by excellent musicians that included Aaron French on bass guitar, Mark Langribe on lead guitar and Dan Oldfield on drums it is only a matter of time before Sczebel is mentioned in the same breath with Canadian music icons such as David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, Diana Krall, and Robbie Robertson.

Halfway through the first song You've Got It the crowd was on their feet clapping their hands and dancing to the rhythm of the music. Sczebel led his band through fan favorites In the Pocket, Here to Stay, and Lights Are Coming On, a song with great hooks and deep grooves. Lights Are Coming On proves that you can put good hooks in a song and maintain quality music without merely selling out to a commercial product that record labels often beg for.

Guitarist Mark Langribe shone on the tune Now and Then and sent a loud clear message to the audience that he is an incredible musician in his own right. Later in the evening Langribe told the audience how he had come out of a world of drugs and abuse to turn his heart over to Christ and how grateful he is to now have the opportunity to play music in a band that gets to share about their faith in God.

The band played sixteen songs including four brand new tunes from the pen of Sczebel. He introduced one of the new songs Popular Opinions by saying it is a song that reminds us we do not need to apologize for what God has created us to be because God has already validated us. Another one of his new songs Anything You Need is a quiet jazz song to watch out for.

Following the concert Soul Shine spoke to one fan who said she loved his "energy and passion", while another, named Stephanie, described Sczebel's music as bringing a very "different sound" to the Christian scene.

There have been so few artists who have been able to combine rich lyrics and compose great music by the age of twenty. As you listen to Sczebel's silky smooth vocals sing the words from Perhaps you identify with the lyrics;

Have You ever hurt so bad before
You could not feel the floor beneath Your feet?
And have You ever cried so long
The tide swept You away like a song that was bittersweet?
Do You understand, do You think You can relate?
Maybe this reminds You of another time or place
Perhaps Gethsemane

Greg Sczebel is on the last leg of his six week tour across Canada. On May 17th you can catch the band in New Brunswick at Carrefour Bensoleil in Miramichi, on the 18th at Lewisville Baptist Church in Moncton or the 21st at Full Gospel Assembly at St. John. On May 21st Greg Sczebel will be performing at the New Covenant Church in Halifax.

Writer: Joe Montague

Photo:Joe Montague

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