Singer and multi-instrumentalist Will Frost launches his first Album, “Shelter” in May for New Zealand Music Month. It is available on CD and iTunes.
Will has been involved in singing all his life, and also works teaching voice and conducting several children’s choirs. With his classical voice he is a member of the National Youth Choir and sings with Voices New Zealand.
“Shelter”, Will’s 10-song crossover album is a mixture of powerful ballads, folky acoustic sounds and lyrical, wistful songs, which cross effortlessly between a rich full tone and a yodeling falsetto.
His first track “It’s Time” was written as an anniversary song for the February 22nd Christchurch earthquake, and was a finalist in the 2012 Festival of Flowers Song Writing Competition.
Christchurch’s Orange Studio, which has been rebuilt after the earthquake in a suburban garage, recorded the album largely over one week to maintain a freshness and consistency between the songs, which are designed, at least initially, to be listened to in order from start to finish.
Themes of friendship and love are strong in his music – which he describes as being perfect to listen to in a comfy chair with a cup of tea on a rainy afternoon.
Friends played a large part in getting Shelter recorded and promoted. Will raised the money to pay for most of the recording using social networking and crowd funding with PledgeMe.co.nz. Many of Will’s supporters have pre-purchased CDs.
His friend and fellow Christchurch Boys’ Choir Music Director, Josh McGirr has developed and maintains the www.willfrostmusic.com website. Papanui High School teacher Georgina Rees-Stevenson took the photographs for the CD at the Sign of the Bellbird. “It was very moving standing with my back to a damaged Christchurch and listening to Will sing as I took his photo.” His colleague from Medbury School, Julie Gaudin, produced the CD, largely fuelled on lollies and a very understanding and supportive family.
Will starts an eight-date tour of Christchurch City Libraries as part of New Zealand Music Month at 11am 5th May at Halswell Library. Shelter will be available for purchase at the concerts with $2 per CD donated to The Red Cross Earthquake Appeal.