Last year's Christmas Battle Of the Bands champion CrisKroz is once again making waves during this Yuletide season.
This time, they are launching their very first album entitled A Family Hearbeat on 3 Dec.
The official launch will be held in Wisma MAA at 3pm.
In line with the spirit of season, the album showcases 10 tracks of Christmas songs, of which two (Emmanuel and Peace He Will Bring) are original numbers written by the band's vocalist and song writer Cecelia Biggs.
CrisKroz was born as a result of the members' decision to take part in the Christmas Battle of the Bands competition held at the Central Market open arena last year.
Besides Cecelia, the group consist of Ravi Kana, who is not only keyboardist and vocalist, but also her beloved spouse.
Then there's Aaron Ravi, their son and guitarist of the band. Other members are Aloysius John, who plays bass and Christopher Felix on drums.
With the RM10k competition cash prize in hand, and adding some personal savings, the group embarked on this album project, which they have dedicated to all families (thus the title of the album).
After winning the Christmas Battle Of the Bands, CrisKroz had also performed live for the Church Of Divine Mercy in the Families United concert.
Known for their unique style of Christian Praise & Worship music, their genre is classified under Contemporary Christian Gospel.
Why You Should Own This Album
Firstly, it gives a fresh prespective or twist to some golden oldies. Guess that was the element that won them the championship last year.
Second, there are not many creative Malaysian Catholics who release albums. So when they do, support them so that more talent will emerge and we will have a great pool. For so many years we have been always buying foreign and Prostestants, right? Nothing against that, but Belilah Barangan Malaysia, especially Katolik Malaysia. Isn't it fantastic?
Third, they are promoting good family values.
Fourth and most importantly, they are also supporting some charities - especially since one of them is the St Thomas More building fund... ha... ;-)
On a personal note, I'm also proud to say that two of the members are parishioners of St Thomas More and in fact one of them - the cute drummer Christopher is from our Music Ministry (girls I'm not sure if he's still available though. You gotta do some research yourself - sorry).
I've seen Chris grew up from a little boy into a young man whom God has blessed with the ability to play several instruments (drums, guitar, bass, piano... to say the least).
Aloysius is also a good friend, whose life testimony on God's providence will shock you into the faith if not anything. Besides that, Aloy is also another one who plays several instruments well.
I don't really know Ravi's family that well but I'm sure they too have a compelling Faith story to share with us.
So if you guys want to know more - first get the album and then perhaps one day they might have a concert in a parish near you.
To order the albums, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are from abroad (outside Malaysia), you can pay through PayPal.
You can either have it shipped to you or you can buy it for someone you know in Malaysia as a Christmas present. We can include a card with your personalised message for them.
With that said, it's off to my own Christmas mass practice soon, not forgetting mass for tomorrow.
To all of you Catholic Christians out there - Have a fantastic Advent and a wonderful Christmas!!!