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Paperboys' Peter Furler hangs up his solo shingle

for Journal Register Newspapers

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Peter Furler left the popular Australian Christian rock band the Newsboys two years ago. But he waited a while — purposely — before making his first solo album, “On Fire,” which came out in June.

“I didn’t leave the Newsboys to start a solo career,” says Furler, 45, the son of missionaries who are still active in the Pacific Rim. “I really enjoyed my time with the lads right up until the last show. It wasn’t, ‘I can’t stand these guys’ or ‘I can’t stand doing another show.’ It was all good.

“I felt that creatively, as an artist, that if I put out another record ... it had to be natural. Maybe it was kind of crossing the 40 threshold, but I started assessing things, taking account of my personal life and where I was at and what I wanted to work for. All those things played into my life for a while.

Furler and his wife, who had driven an RV during latter-day Newsboys tours, settled in Florida, and his first musical project was working with his friend Steve Taylor on an album that’s expected to come out later this year or early next. During that process, however, Furler started to write some new material and was encouraged by Taylor and other colleagues to move forward towards what became “On Fire.”

“I was jazzed about doing music again,” Furler acknowledges. “The songs kept coming, and I think it was my wife. ... She hadn’t heard me sing something new in a couple of years, and I showed her something and she said, ‘Man, it’s good to hear you sing again. I think people would like to hear you sing again,’ and that was really it.

“I didn’t have a record deal or anything. I just made (‘On Fire’) for the pure joy of making music, creating something out of nothing. I had time to savor it, whereas before it was, ‘Get this record finished, get it out, plan the tours...’ I think that freedom is a big part of the sound of this record, and will be for what I do from here on out.”

Peter Furler performs with tobyMac, Mandisa and Jamie Grace at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $39.50 and $25 pavilion, $15 lawn, with group rates available. CAll 248-377-8204 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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