You may have grown up watching him goofing around on Playschool.
You may have seen him winning Golden Guitars in Tamworth, or performing with country legends like Lee Kernaghan.
Or you may have heard his Christian music – the funny stuff for kids and the more ruminitive, acoustic style for adults – that has made him arguably Australia’s most well-known Christian performing artist.
Colin Buchanan has broad appeal, which makes him a natural choice to feature in the stand-out event of a campaign to be run by local Anglican churches in the coming couple of weeks.
The ‘Jesus Is_’ mission is a campaign to get people talking about the person behind the Christian faith, with churches holding special events and encouraging people to start conversations about who they think Jesus is.
“People will notice banners and signs with the words ‘Jesus Is_’ on them,” said Geoff Thompson, the senior minister at All Saint’s Anglican Church, Nowra.
“We want to ask people the question about who they think Jesus is. We’re genuinely interested in their answers. And we want to provide a chance for people to find out more if they’re wondering what else there is to know.”
We want to ask people the question about who they think Jesus is. We’re genuinely interested in their answers.Geoff Thompson
The mission is being held across the whole Wollongong region, which includes the Shoalhaven.
Colin Buchanan will perform two concerts at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre on Saturday, March 24, one aimed at kids at 1.30pm, and another aimed more at adults at 7.30pm.
“Colin has won nine Golden Guitars, an APRA Award and has been nominated for four ARIAs,” said Mr Thompson.
“He is also a regular Guest on Richard Glover’s Thank God it’s Friday on ABC 702. He has written for Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley, Adam Brand, John Williamson, Sara Storer and Anne Kirkpatrick. Put simply, he is the songwriter behind the songwriters.
“If you are not taking the kids to see Colin, you will definitely miss the brightest, most energetic and entertaining afternoon of the year.
“Then in the evening, Colin will perform in a completely different way, and weave in a few stories of his experiences and faith.”
Other events on the calendar include a lunch with former Sydney Archbishop Peter Jensen (Ulladulla Anglican Church, Tuesday, March 20) and a massive youth event at the Wollongong Entertainment Centre on Friday, March 23. For more information go to www.jesus-is.org.au.