From worship leader to songwriter to performing in clubs around the world,
Sy’s ventures in music may surprise you.
Please find a selection of Sy's album work
over the years. Album reviews and more can be found below.
From acoustic to worship to post punk, retro, and electronica too…in churches and clubs and festivals and performance centers, writing for myself and others, I've been amazed by the wide variety of artistic expression I've been allowed to experience beyond the spoken word messages I'm best known for...
I hope these 18 songs—these loopy, dance-pop-rock-ballad-retro-electro tracks chosen on this 15-year compilation will indeed speak Light and Love to your soul! Read more here.
Sy's band 'vegaschurchboy' offers this latest collection of cool urban electronica, ranging from classic dance tracks to ambient and atmospheric trip hop - all spiritually themed and God conscious to feed your body, soul and spirit. Ten original tracks for those who like an alternative to mainstream music - a great evangelism gift!
"A must have for any dance enthusiast... there's nodoubt this album could compete with any mainstream top-notch dance act."
- Kelly Smith, CrossRhythyms Magazine, London
"This is a must have - 5 stars out of 5!"
-Andrew Tierney, Parachute Music Cyberstore, Auckland
"...Could well set the new benchmark for the fledgling world of Christian electronica... a well crafted album with some great tracks!"
-Nick Batt, New Zealand Music Magazine
"This is mind-blowingly good music... creative, intelligent Christian engagement with the dance/electronic music genre."
-Chris Benge, Reality Magazine, Wellington
group: Sy Rogers
This lush Australian production features ten original retro-80's pop rock, pop-dance and pop ballad tracks -- plus a clever remake of 'Betty Davis Eyes', all themed on Sy's life journey. This cd features the fantastic Warner artist 'Roma' on three tracks.
"...Sy Rogers is obviously an exceptional talent with an amazing testimony...This album is a must for all...This man communicates!"
- Alan Chesters, Crossrhythms Magazine (Issue No.60, Dec. 2000 / Jan. 2001 London UK)
"Bowie, Devo and Kraftwerk spring to mind...'Communicate' is one not to miss...Not only is he a passionate and witty speaker, but also a gifted songwriter...the cover version of Kim Carnes' Bette Davis Eyes is worth the price of admission alone...4 out of 5 stars!"
- Max Vole, The Street (July 2000)
"For the tired, worn out, thirsty traveller, Sy Rogers' soul-searching ballad "Oasis" is just what the doctor ordered."
- AIRPLAY Magazine (Autumn 2000/Australia)
"Sy's role as vocalist-performer in the glam-rock, post-punk industrial operetta "Primordial" is captured on CD. Recorded in Germany and New Zealand during and after the four continent world tour, during Sy's involvement with the Euro-evangelistic band, 'No Longer Music.'
"Techno. Industrial. Noise. Glam. NLM reinvents itself yet again with another compelling collection of songs birthed in the nightclubs of Europe, Asia and the U.S."
- Steve Knight (Internet Editor, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)
group: Sy Rogers
Sy's debut album of nine original songs was released internationally in 1996 on the singaporean label MTX. Though just a humble studio album for the local market, Metropolis was eventually distributed in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Based loosely on the 1926 Fritz Lang cult film of the same name, Metropolis is a satirically dark view of society, dressed in a retro Asian dance pop style.
"A great blend of danceble numbers and pop ballads. Very refreshing both in content & style"
- Greg Crawshaw Sydney Australia DJ for On Being Magazine
"Catchy. Inventive. An intriguing album, classily produced and packaged."
- Tony Cummings CrossRhythms Magazine, London
"Makes for great bopping with dark insightful commentary to stir the mind and conscience."
- Teens Magazine
"His album sizzles with images and lifestyles of the 90's-sex, consumerism, urban anxiety"
- The New Paper
1997 - Three Act Play on 90 DEGREES TO THE REST OF THE WORLD/Elmo
Distributed by Freedom House Records Singapore (Sy wrote the lyrics for this single)
1996 - Pretty On the Inside (Single)
(Sy wrote and performed) Privately recorded as the theme song and national fundraising campaign for the Christian Outreach to the Handicapped, Singapore.
1996 - My Soul Finds Rest in God Alone (lyrics and music concept)
on THEY THAT KNOW THEIR GOD (Worship Album) distributed internationally by Masters Trax, Singapore
Sy's Comments on
"I suppose I’ll not be remembered for my music. Still, musical expression remains a part of my personal growth and a platform for additional ministry. I have also written a new album's worth of songs I hope to record yet. Having said this, the world is full of music. But it is not full of my kind of teaching. So, I decided a while back to make my spoken word messages the priority at this time. It’s nice of God to have allowed me to enjoy both."
"Like most people, I’m into all kinds of music. Across the genres...from Electronica to Chill Out...from Country to Indie to Rock to Black Gospel. Of course there's worship music too, from the contemplative Gregorian chanting to hymns reinvigorated, to the global pop rock of United to Folksy-tender too. I love it that post-post modernity has broken the mold allowing creativity to flourish especially in church culture once again (--something that those under 40 cannot fully appreciate). Of course, one should always remember, culture is a flowing river. What's fresh, cool, hip and hot today in art, music and even trends in worship, wont be so in just a few orbits around the sun. What will worship be like in 20 years or 50 if civilization lasts? "
"Having been a worship leader in a major church, I recognized that God doesnt need us to sing adjectives about Him up to the Heavens. That's not so much worship FOR HIM, as it is worship to refocus me: after a stressful week, unpaid debt, struggle with flesh, tiff with the wife or kid on the way to church, I need to regain my focus: on God. God who is bigger than my stuff. Big and Good to me...deserving of my confidence. Wanting my surrender, offering His embrace that cleanses and lifts the burdens and assures of love. Leading people into that Presence becomes therapeutic. As for God, I recall Him saying 'People worship me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me'. Turning Hearts back to God is indeed part of worship, but God says if you really love me, prove it in the way you behave, in what you do, and in how you value and serve others. That proves what we really value. And that is our purest worship."