A DAMHA resident and songwriter has taken inspiration from the most important event in Christianity for his latest album – unveiled just in time for Easter.
As a follow up to his debut album ‘Northumbrian and Proud’, which paid tribute to his local roots, Jackie Davidson has now used the crucifixion of Jesus has the theme for his new record.
Entitled ‘Testaments’, Jackie, who lives in one of our homes in Greenside, Ryton, has written nine songs with the help of various local artists, with six of the songs telling the stories of those who were connected with Jesus and the crucifixion.
The other three songs also still have a link to the ‘greatest story ever told’, including a track called ‘The Return’ imagining how Jesus would feel if he came back to modern day earth.
This was originally written as a poem by Jackie in 1991 and he acts a narrator on this particular track.
Jackie says: “I would describe myself as a Christian, but I am not a particularly religious person; it just all started with writing the words for The Return over 20 years ago.
“I just write songs which come into my head and in this case one became nine and led to the new album, which took me 12 months to come into fruition.”
Jackie says although the making of an album comes at a substantial cost, it’s not about the money and he is not even selling copies of Testaments but has been giving them away to local churches and other local groups.
He adds: “I enjoy making music with the help of my friends and if the new album gives pleasure to those who have copies, then that’s good enough for me.”
People who would like to listen to songs from Testaments can visit Jackie’s YouTube page.