Draw Who?

As of June 18 2016, ‘Draw Me’ is currently at the second spot on the Singapore iTunes chart.

I’m not going to be biased and say the songs are awful, because they’re not entirely all that bad. I’m not an expert on music composition and arrangement. It’s all based on personal preference at the end of the day. CHC member or not, clinching a top position is big news, and you would be curious to check it out. 

On my own opinion

I am however, finding a small matter rather strange. Who is the artist of the album? (You will say, duh–­ CityWorship!)

DrawMe

The City Harvest Church Youtube channel clearly says the album artist is CityWorship (in the description, it also says it’s a ‘CityWorship’ album).

 

CityWorship

CHC’s official Facebook says that the album is by CityWorship.

 

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But why is it that on iTunes, the artist is City Harvest Church? I’m feeling a bit perturbed over ‘City Harvest Church’ being named as the artist. Clearly CityWorship is the album artist, with Sun Ho being a featuring artist since she played a singing role in only 4 songs.

And when I say artists, I mean the people who recorded and sang on the album.
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On the CityNews article, it mentions that, “The singers on the album include Sun Ho, Teo Poh Heng, Annabel Soh, Alison Yap, Gerald Chan, Chervelle Chua, Maximillian Low, Renata Triani and (Mark) Kwan himself”.
(http://www.citynews.sg/2016/06/draw-me-songs-from-a-season-of-struggles/)

So I guess I can assume that the above-mentioned singers are the members of CityWorship (along with the people playing the instruments and production staff etc.)?

And not to forget, Kong Hee is also the lyric composer.
“The album title is taken from a worship song written by CHC’s senior pastor Kong Hee in the early days of the church, a song that has remained one of the church’s key anthems throughout its 27-year history.”
(http://www.citynews.sg/2016/06/draw-me-songs-from-a-season-of-struggles/)

ituneDrawMeSongs

On iTunes, CityWorship is just labelled as a ‘featuring artist’ (‘feat.’) on the album, on all 13 songs to be precise.

Feat. Definition

Feat-meaning

Meaning Feat.

In that case, City Harvest Church is the main artist, and CityWorship is the invited artist with small segments on their songs (which is not the case).

Examples

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no other names

From examples of other worship bands/ministry albums on iTunes, the band name or worship ministry is clearly labeled as the artist­– not a ‘feat’.

In my opinion, why isn’t Sun Ho labeled as the main artist for the 4 songs she sang when she’s the only one singing them (with some backup vocals)? There’s nothing wrong with that. They should have labeled it for what it is.

To quote, “With Sun Ho’s name plastered on the titles of articles by local media regarding the album, one might have expected an abomination on the scale of China Wine come disguised as an angel of light, but none exist.”
(https://www.bandwagon.asia/articles/a-full-analysis-of-draw-me-the-new-city-harvest-album-with-sun-ho)

Final thoughts:

  • CityWorship, not City Harvest Church, should have been labelled the artist of the album, not a featuring one
  • Sun Ho should have been labeled as the artist for the songs she sang alone, label it for what it is
  • I didn’t know Kong Hee could write music or that CHC had an anthem

The statement quoted by Mark “The album title is taken from a worship song written by CHC’s senior pastor Kong Hee in the early days of the church, a song that has remained one of the church’s key anthems throughout its 27-year history.” disturbed me.  I was in CHC for many years I would only remember Kong Hee played a guitar and sang a song once. Kong never introduced this song as “Draw Me”. (Assuming that is the “Draw Me” song)

Since when did this song become the key anthem song in CHC? Either I’m having amnesia or there is wilful blindness in CHC.

 

This is just my opinion on the small matter. One might say I’m just nitpicking¬– but this is just my two cents worth.