Veteran singer-songwriter Hillary Francis performed My Peace Concerto, a song from his new album, after Masses at the Church of the Risen Christ on Jan 5 and 6.
The Blessed Sacrament Church parishioner was promoting his album titled Peace, and says he intends to donate part of the proceeds to Caritas Singapore, the social service arm of the Catholic Church here; Community Chest and The United Nations Children’s Fund.
“My purpose of producing this album is to promote peace in the world,” said the musician about his new CD, which features songs on peace. It has 18 tracks comprising ballads and songs with rock, ethnic and pop influences.
“It took about one year to produce but I had conceived the idea and wrote some of the songs about 10 years ago,” he added.
His album is a collaborative effort that he wrote and sang alongside home-grown artists such as rapper Sheikh Haikel and veterans like Ann Hussein and Jatt Ali.
All the musicians and singers who contributed to the CD did so for free, he said.
The Father Damien’s Youth Choir from Blessed Sacrament Church and the Singapeace Choir from Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea also backed him up on some songs.
Francis says he hopes to perform at various churches in Singapore to raise funds for charity, and has produced 2,000 copies of the album.
In 1997, Francis released a CD, A Tribute To Mother Teresa, in the wake of her death.
Peace ($20) is available at Mustafa Centre.
By Martin See