Robin Mann - Australian Christian Music Artist
I write songs.
I was going to be a minister, a preacher. Maybe I had the wrong kind of name. Perhaps my brain, or my personality didn’t fit the bill. Anyway, I liked songs, playing the guitar, singing harmonies to the radio.
So writing Australian Christian Songs is what I do.
(I also support the Adelaide Crows football team, drive a grey Ford Territory, and own a lurid pink electric guitar. But I’m not especially known for these things. Well, maybe the guitar!)
Christian Church Music | Christian Songbooks
I write Australian Christian Songs, perform them, lead people in singing, put song collections together — of my own songs, and lots of other people’s too — record songs, and try to spread them around. Especially songs that Christians can sing together.
My songs have been sung by lots of people for a long time. Mostly by people in churches and church schools. I’ve written a host of songs for Christians to sing. More than a hundred of these have been published in various collections. The biggest number have appeared in the 7 All Together Songbooks produced between 1980 and 2014. (1-5 by Openbook Publishers, 6 & 7 self-published - business name, Curly Music) 8 are in the current Australian Hymnbook, Together In Song. A lot more have appeared in the songbooks of the biennial NCYC (National Christian Youth Convention).
Making Australian Christian Songs
Born and bred in southern Australia, I’ve lived in Adelaide most of my life. Making music is my main occupation but I’ve also been a schoolteacher (briefly) and worked for churches.
Since 1969 I’ve been married to Dorothy. We’ve got 3 adult children: Kristin, Jon & Thom, son-in-law Shane, grandson Owen, daughter-in-law Karen & step-grandson Oscar.
Dorothy’s a schoolteacher. Also a singer, musician, editor, critiquer and avid supporter of Robin’s song-making. Her voice has been ideal for leading singing and for many recordings. Her sparkling presence and great sense of humour complete many a picture.
Last Monday, November 19, I got back home after a 4 week trip, mostly in Queensland.Only possible because of
He's been my driver for the past 7½ years, for trips to Victoria, ACT, NSW and Queensland. He likes to label himself as 'Ray the Roadie', but he's a lot more than that. For the churches & schools I've sung at, we both set up the sound gear - the amps, guitars et al. He then retires to a back seat, while I sing & play. Afterwards, at schools, we take the gear down together. But at churches, he looks after the gear, while I talk with people & sell CDs & books. We get to stay with people most places , & we both love meeting people, enjoying their terrific hospitality.
This trip was his swan-song. I know he's enjoyed the driving & meeting people, but I still don't know how to say thank you. In his modest, self deprecating way, he'd reject the label of 'Servant of Christ', but he's been that for me, & together we've been able to serve people in many places.