Jun 26, 2020

The Jesus Collective is proud to announce the new radio single from multi-award winning South African singer-songwriter and guitarist, Ernie Smith, titled “A New Day”. Smith is well known for his seamless fusion of genres within his music, which is evident in this track with the mix of R&B, Afro and Pop.

“A New Day is a song about having hope that we will come out stronger after the Covid19 pandemic. It talks about keeping our hearts and minds on the Grace of our loving God. It declares His love, and His power over fear and the fact that God’s love casts out all fear,” explains Ernie Smith.

I see the dark clouds disappear

Grace is restoring us again

A greater Hope than we had before

As we trust in your word Jesus

We know that you will not forsake us

You will not let anything shake us

As we trust in your name

‘cause you stay the same

…There’s a new day coming

Born in Durban, Ernie Smith speaks English, Afrikaans and a little bit of Zulu. He started playing music at the age of 13 when he became a Christian and was exposed to live worship in church. “Worship is my heart’s connection to our Father’s heart,” says Smith. New Day was written and produced by Ernie Smith, from his Child Of The Light Studio in Johannesburg. “I love writing at home in my studio or in the house. Songs come to me at different times. A lot of times after I watch a good movie or when I come back from a jog,” adds Smith.  

In 2010 after a really dark period in Smith’s life and career, he went through a deep depression. God, by His grace, restored him and all that he had lost. Today Smith is a living testimony of the amazing love and grace of our loving Saviour Jesus Christ.  

Ernie Smith’s outstanding accolades include winner of four South African Music Awards, one Metro FM Music Award and one KORA All Africa Music Award. Smith has performed in Malaysia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles and recorded with artists such as Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum, Neville D and BeBe Winans.

Through his life and through the message of his music, Ernie Smith wants to leave a legacy of grace, believing that all things are possible to those who believe. “It’s all about putting Jesus first in all things. It doesn’t matter your demographic; God will use anyone,” concludes Smith. 

New Day marks the debut single from Ernie Smith’s forthcoming EP, with the same title, which will be available on all digital platforms in the next few months. 


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