Basing your music career in Katikati is no barrier to making an impact on the New Zealand music scene. Just look at Malcolm Gordon.
Malcolm's new album, 'Into the Deep' has just debuted on the NZ album charts at #6. With names like Anika Moa, Hollie Smith and Kimbra further down the list, this is no mean feat.
Malcolm will be remembered by some Waihi folk after he played the lead in the Waihi Drama Society's production of Oklahoma in 2011.
Moving from Dunedin to be the minister of St Paul's Presbyterian in Katikati in 2008, Malcolm continued to develop his passion for music. Still, the recent success didn't come easily; 'Into the Deep' involved 3 years of writing and 10 months of recording.
Produced by Matt Chapman (Detour180 and Season Pass) and mixed by Nic Manders (Brooke Fraser, Katchafire), Malcolm brought in the big guns to take this album to the next level, after two previous solo albums (One Voice - 2008, Ministry of the Exterior - 2010).
He has recently left his full time role as a church minister to make more room for music.
Malcolm has plans to tour the album throughout the Bay in the coming months.
The album is available online at: malcolmgordon.bandcamp.com and can be ordered through Christian bookstores.
For more on Malcolm's music and tour dates, visit: http://www.onevoice.org.nz