Louise Campion’s Hold Me Father EP releases today, 1 June 2020, featuring London’s All Souls Orchestra and South Africa’s LIV Village Choir – dedicated to Louise’s own Father.
Louise Campion is a singer-songwriter, originally from South Africa, now based in London. Her father, Raymond John Campion was an incredible pipe organist who faithfully led worship at Frere Rd Presbyterian Church in Durban over a period of 60 years.
She writes: “I have dedicated the Hold Me Father EP to my amazing dad who passed away in 2017 after a 6 year fight with cancer. The 1st of June was his birthday, and June happens to be Father’s Day month too, so it feels right and fitting to honour his memory and legacy in the same month that fathers all around the world are celebrated!”
Louise completed her BA Music Degree (Summa Cum Laude) at U.K.Z.N., Durban, in 2008. During her three year undergraduate degree, she achieved a total of 16 Certificates of Merit; 6 Dean’s Commendations; 3 U.K.Z.N. Scholarships, as well as the SAMRO Undergraduate bursary. Louise was actively involved in leading worship at Glenridge Church, Durban for many years prior to relocating to the United Kingdom where she is now the Worship Pastor at KingsGate Church in Kingston-Upon-Thames.
Hold Me Father is a soaring and emotive orchestral, piano and vocal song that takes the listener on an epic musical journey into the heart of Father God. There are a number of goosebump moments and the beauty, depth and power of the orchestral score stands out in particular as something really special and unique. It is unusual these days to hear a real orchestra playing on a contemporary song, and this is what makes this song feel like a rare treasure.
“Once in every generation a song comes along that you believe is distinctive, and I must say Hold Me Father is just something that immediately grabs my attention as not being run of the mill, but in every way something that God is using and speaking through. Louise Campion has just produced the most fabulous song. This song needs to be brought to the heart of the nation. It needs to be brought to the heart of the world.”
— Noël Tredinnick – Professor of Conducting at Guildhall School of Music, Composer, Organist, Orchestrator, and Conductor of the All Soul’s Orchestra, London
“I’m so excited that Lou has decided to bring her amazing song Hold Me Father into the world. It’s an incredible song. I think it’s a song that we all need to hear right now. These are turbulent, confusing times and it will give us hope, it will comfort us, it will unite us, it will inspire us.” — Syl Saller CBE – CMO Diageo, President of the Marketing Society, Britain’s top 500 most influential people list, Campaign’s top 5 Global CMOs list, UK
Hold Me Father, performed live, has blessed people around the world and brought comfort, healing, restoration and peace to broken hearts over many years. This new version of this song at this time in history is set to impact people in a whole new and remarkable way.
The production of the song attracted significant attention and some leading UK musicians chose to be part of the recording. Neil Costello produced the song whilst Mark Edwards (toured with Katie Melua) and Julian Wiggins (film score composer) created the orchestral score. Noël Tredinnick conducted the All Souls Orchestra, and Lawrence LJ Johnson (Vocal Coach for X factor & The Voice and Vocal Arranger for Stormzy, Tori Kelly, Leona Lewis, Take That, Sam Smith, Westlife, etc.) arranged and performed the backing vocal parts alongside Tarna’Renae Johnson and Margo Michelle. Ali Berry (Associate Musical Director for The Lion King, London) created the LIV Choir arrangement, and the song was mastered by Geoff Pesche at Abbey Road Studios.
Louise also recorded a special version of Hold me Father with the LIV Village Choir recorded by Niklas Fairclough in South Africa, to help raise awareness for the orphaned and abandoned children at the village.
“We’re so proud of you Louise, and the fact that you were part of our journey, now to be part of your journey is such a huge privilege for us.” — Tich Smith – Founder of LIV Village, Durban, SA (and former South African cricketer)
“Louise Campion has written a song that I believe will unlock people’s hearts, will reconcile them with the Father in heaven, will heal wounds that are so unbelievably deep. We need to understand adoption, we need to understand that God is good and lavish and kind and generous, and He gives us second chances and third chances and fourth chances.
— Rory Dyer – Lead Pastor at 3Ci Church, SA
For over 20 years, Louise Campion has travelled the world leading worship, training worship teams and preaching at various churches, conferences and events. Her most recent events being: Scarlet Ladies Conference in Dubai (with Starla Webster, Anna & Elle Smith, Jake Isaac, Alex & Henry Seeley); David’s Tent in West Sussex; Dwell Conference in London for the last 9 years (which has hosted guests like Heidi Baker, Julian Adams, Paul Tothill, Ryan Matthews, Allan Boehm, Jake Isaac); Caroline Leaf and Dany Johnson in London; John Mark Comer event in Durban; Renaissance Conference in Durban (with Eric Johnson and Julian & Katia Adams); She has also been involved in numerous album recordings in various capacities – singing, playing piano, songwriting, and vocal arrangements.
Over the years Louise has shared the stage or led worship alongside many artists including: Jake Isaac, The Brilliance, Elle Limebear, Henry Seeley, Sean Feucht, Riana Nel, Brad & Josh Klynsmith (Gangs of Ballet), Civil Twilight, Daena Jay and Jules Burt. She was part of Hilton Greig’s (of 24Skies) first band who opened for Grammy and Dove award winning gospel artists: Michael W. Smith and Casting Crowns on their respective South African tours. She also opened for The Brilliance alongside the Voices of Hope Choir for their main show in London in 2019.
Some final comments from people touched by the song:
“Hold me Father is a rare and unique treasure in a world where so many songs sound the same. A breath of fresh air. A powerful encounter with the Father. A giant hug. Peace. An epic journey into the heart of the Father. Absolutely beautiful. The orchestra is amazing. This song is going to get me through many, many, many, moments through the rest of my life. The music wraps its arms around you. I felt embraced and loved by the Father. Incredible. Phenomenal – Exceptional – Deep heart experience! A song for the healing of the nations. Released at the perfect time in history.”
“HOLD ME FATHER” : A Contemporary Orchestral Anthem for FATHER’S MONTH track listing:
- 1. Hold me Father (Full Version) – 8:01
- 2. H M F Selah (Instrumental) – UKVSR2000002 2:04
- 3. Hold me Father (LIV Choir Version) – UKVSR2000003 9:31 4.
- Hold me Father (LIV Choir Radio Edit) – UKVSR2000004 4:36 5.
- Hold me Father (Radio Edit)- UKVSR2000005 4:36
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SOURCE: CrossHeart / Artist Promotion