Posted on Oct 13th 2022

New dates for workshops and concerts in 2022 ands 2023.

Check out the calendar

Posted on Sep 19th 2022

It's out now! "Acapella Gospel"!

Album and songbook can be ordered at the shop!

See advertisment!

Posted on Aug 29th 2022

September 18th will be the release date of"Acapella Gospel"!

Album and songbook can be ordered from today!

Go to shop!

Posted on Aug 3rd 2022

Finally! After years of requests for an entire acapella album it is now in the making!

12 songs by Hanjo Gäbler and Joakim Arenius, recorded by Praise Unit, will be

released in September 2022 on all streaming platforms.

Posted on May 20th 2022

Due to the corona pandemic a lot of workshops and concerts were postponed

or canceled. But things are slowly opening up. Like the festival of 5000 singers

-Gospel Kirchentag. Are you coming to Hannover in September 2022?


Posted on Apr 18th 2022

International Night Of Worship in Kenya is postponed. New dates are

June 26th - July 3rd 2023. Contact Joakim for more info.

Posted on Jan 19th 2022

In celebration of 25 years as a gospel music director all music (almost) from Joakim

(and some co-labs) are now avaliable for direct download in the webshop.

Visit the webshop.

Posted on Dec 18th 2021

Bunny Asila from Mziki Tours hosts Joakim for one week in Nakuru, Kenya, 

in order to prepare for International Night Of Worship June 20-27 2022.

Posted on Nov 19th 2021

Did you see Joakim at the Creative Kirche morning coffee show?

You can find it on their Youtube-channel.

Posted on Oct 7th 2021

Gospel choirs from all over the world sing for a free Belarus. Watch this arrangement

and recording from 2020 by Joakim Arenius. It's the old Belarusian hymn "Almighty God".

Mahutny Bozha

Posted on Oct 3rd 2021

When post-pandemic choral activities are possible Joakim launch the new choir

"Mosjökören" in the near of his new church office in Mosjö church. 

Posted on May 3rd 2021

Enjoy the new music by Gospel Gloria from Valencia, Spain.

Joakim is a guest on "Lo mejor está por llegar".


Posted on April 10th 2021

Follow Joakim to Kenya in 2022! Choir singing and Safari!

Send an email to if you are interested.

June 20-27 in Nakuru, Kenya

Watch promotion video

Posted on Sep 1st 2020

If you are a member of one of Joakim's choirs you

should have gotten an email about rehearsals during

corona restrictions. If not, send an email to .

Posted on July 25th 2020

Be inspired by the new album from Maik Gosdzinski and his

choir Gospel Changes from Leipzig, Germany. Title track 

composed by Joakim.

Posted on July 1st 2020

A Spotify Comfort playlist for the summer of 2020!

Posted on May 19th 2020

Joakim and SVART PÅ VITT sang

Days of Elijah & Can't nobody do me like Jesus

at the International Night Of Worship 2020 online!

Hosted by GTM MInistries!

Posted on April 29th 2020

Enjoy a music video with Joakim's arrangement of 

a Donald Lawrence song, starring

gospel singers from all over the world!

If I can't say a word

Posted on March 20th 2020

- - - > Due to the Corona virus break out there

have been some changes in the calendar!!!

Posted on December 21st 2019

Joakim will teach one of his songs to the mass choir at

Music&Arts Global 2020, hosted by Donald Lawrence.

Sign up here

Posted on January 10th 2020

Creative Kirche hosts an international gospel camp

with Joakim Arenius in Malmö, Sweden, in June-July 2020.

All teaching will be in english. Everyone is welcome! 

Sign up here

Posted on December 19th 2019

Join Joakim and Gospel Journey to St Petersburg

Gospel Festival in Russia 2020.

Sign up here

Posted on November 6th 2019

Joakim and SVART PÅ VITT will perform Classical Gospel

with the Olympic Symphony Orchestra in St Petersburg

March 7th 2020

Posted on October 1st 2019

Zeke Locke from Chicago will join Joakim for

workshops and concerts in St Petersburg, Russia.

Posted on August 19th 2019

There will be "Gospel Jam" in Germany again!

See the tour dates here.

Posted on July 3rd 2019

Listen to some songs of comfort from Praise Unit:

Open Spotify

Posted on June 5th 2019

Joakim, together with SVART PÅ VITT, represented Sweden at day of Sweden in

Minsk, Belarus. They sang a mixture ofswedish traditionals and gospel songs, and

performed with the orchestra Capella Academia, and the trombone quartet Vitoky.

Posted on May 9th 2019

Dexter Walker and Zeke Locke are the American artists that will

perform and share their testimonies at St Petersburg Gospel

Festival in Russia May 24-26 this year.

Posted on May 7th 2019

Watch this videopresentation for the school of Music leaders:


Posted on March 26th 2019

It is now possible to apply to the school of Music leaders

(Musikledarutbildning med Internationell Profil) at Hyllie Park,

where Joakim is one of the teachers.

Learn more.

Posted on Jan 7th 2019

Listen to Joakim's song "A Joyful Noise"

in potuguese.

Posted on Dec 9th 2018

Classical Gospel will open again in 2019. Joakim's arrangements for

gospel choir and symphony orchestra will be performed in Örebro, Sweden

and Minsk, Belarus. Check back for more info.

Posted on Oct 26th 2018

After many years of bringing groups to the Greater Allen Cathedral

in New York, Joakim will now have an evening of teaching about

European gospel music to the Greater Allen Mass Choir. It will take

place on Nov 1st, when Joakim will also teach some of his songs.

Posted on Sep 25th 2018

The first field trip from the international program for

music leaders at Hyllie Park Folkhögskola went with Joakim to

Madrid and Valencia, Spain.

Posted on Sep 20th 2018

Joakim directs the students from Geijerskolan at

Fagerås Goseplfestival, Oct 13th 2018.

Posted on Aug 19th 2018

See Joakim open for Kirk Franklin at the Gala concert in

Karlsruhe Sep 22nd

Posted on Aug 3rd 2018

Join Joakim's workshops at Gospelkirchentag!

Posted on July 9th 2018

Go with Creative Kirche and Joakim to New York in 2019.

Sign up here.

Posted on May 24th 2018

There will once again be an open Gospel Mass Choir at Torp-konferensen, directed

by Joakm Arenius. More info on their website.

Posted on May 14th 2018

Joakim and Gospel Journey opens up for more inspirational

choir trips during 2019. Contact Joakim for more information.

Posted on April 2nd 2018

Swedish residents:

Sök den nya folkhögskolelinjen Musikledarutbildning med internationell profil

Undervisning i Malmö, Göteborg, Örebro och Karlstad

Joakim är en av lärarna

Posted on March 12th 2018

Sign up to join St Petersburg Gospelfestval May 18-20 2018,

together with Joakim, Praise Unit and teams from Norway and Denmark.

Posted on February 19th 2018

Joakim becomes the new director of gospel choir "Svart På Vitt", a choir

known for its collaboratons with Edwin "Oh Happy Day" Hawkins and many

other things.

Posted on Febriary 4th 2018

Watch the 3 minute documentary from the Gospel Jam

in Germany.

Posted on January 18th 2018

New website design. Easier access to information and the

Joakim Arenius webshop.

Posted on January 7th 2018

Start the new year with the Gospel Jam in your nearest city -Flensburg, Münster,

Braunschweig,, Witten, Mainz, Karlsruhe & Stuttgart. SIgn up

Posted on December 5th 2017

Hear Joakim talk  about what it means to be an "international musician"

at a seminar at Musikerdagen, January 13th.

Posted on November 3rd 2017

Joakim will make a Gospel Jam tour in Germany in January 2018.

Check the calendar for dates and locations.

Posted on October 10th 2017

The second gospel festival of Russia will be in May 2018 with Joakim and many

other guests. In addition there will be more gospel events all around the year.

Posted on August 30th 2017

Watch Joakim's infomercial on inspirational gospel trips to New York. Click here.

Posted on August 1st 2017

Reisemission Leipzig takes you to South Africa. In the fall of 2018 you can join Maik Gosdzinski

and many others on a week full of gospel music in the country of South Africa. Joakim is one

of the instructors. More info.

Posted on June 26th 2017

The Gospel & Wellness camp in Greece in October is postponed. Email for further information,

Posted on June 8th 2017

Joakim graduated from PROMIS, the Program Of Mission and Intercultural Studies

Posted on May 29th 2017

Joakim is one of the directors at the Gospel & Wellness camp

in Corfu, Greece, in October. Join us!

Posted on May 2nd 2017

Sing up for the Gospel Mass Choir at Torp 2017, 24th of June


Posted on April 28th 2017

Sing with Chantea Kirkwood and Joakim Arenius in Filadelfiakyrkan, Örebro, 27-28 of May.


Posted on Apr 7th 2017

Joakim is in Spain for workshops the first half of June. If you are interested in a workshop with your

choir, please email .

Posted on March 24th

Torp-konferensen in Sweden offers a big gospelfest on their traditional midsummer-event

in 2017. Joakim is producer and director of the event.

Posted on March 22nd 2017

Swedish media cover the first gospel festival in Russia. Read one of the articles here!

Posted on Feb 2nd 2017

"Like" the Praise Unit Facebook-page to get updates on the gospel festival in

St Petersburg, Russia, May 19th-21st.

Posted on Jan 25th 2017

Read one of the first reviews of BE THE PLAN in American media.

Listen to the album!

Posted on Dec 13th 2016

Joakim recorded and mixed the Russian translation of the "The Star" with Saint Petersburg Gospel Choir.

Posted on Nov 14th 2016

Now is a good time to contact Joakim if you are interested in joining one

of the future trips to New York with Gospel Journey. Send an email to .

Posted on Oct 19th 2016

The new webshop is now up and running. Choose your Joakim Arenius

product and get it deliviered to your door.


Posted on Oct 14th 2016

During October/November Joakim blogs about the american election:

Posted on Oct 7th 2016

It's out!!! Be The Plan is now available for purchase in the record stores.

Everybody who bought their own CD via the crowdfunding campaign will get

their copy delivered by mail. Oct 28th BE THE PLAN will be available for download

and streaming. Two songs, "Want To Want" and "Enemies" are available on iTunes already from

October 7th.

Posted on Sep 29th 2016

Bubblejam Music Productions will team up with Syntax Creative,

based in California, USA, for the digital release of BE THE PLAN.

Posted on Sep 27th 2016

Sheet music for piano and choir is available for "A Mighty Fortress"

in the key of C, and the key of Db (original key). Ask for your own


Posted on Sep 5th 2016


New CD with Joakim Arenius & Praise Unit with friends

will officially be released Oct 7th 2016.

Sneak peek at Gospel Kirchentag, Germany Sep 9th.

Posted on Aug 20th 2016

Next inspiration trip to New York with Gospel Journey is

Mar 27th - Apr 3rd  2018.                  More info.

Posted on 10 Apr 2016

Joakim will travel in Spain again. During April

and May there will be workshops in

Madrid, Vigo, Sevilla, Salamanca and Valencia.

Posted on 2 Apr 2016

Gospel Journey visited Brooklyn Tabernacle,

Hezekiah Walker and many others

during the eight days in New York.

Posted on 12 Mar 2016

The first Gospel Journey trip to New York happens

March 23rd-30th.

Posted on 9 Jan 2016

Music sheets with streaming sound

New access to the Praise Unit christmas gospel,

with streaming audio for each vocal part:

Posted on 17 Dec 2015

2x Spain

Joakim is the chief director of Campamento de musica

contemporanea outside of Leon in the north of Spain.

Later he features as one of the teachers at the SMA in

Denia in the south of the country. This happens in August 2015.

Posted on 27 Jul 2015

Link to Joakim's gospel news

Starting 2015 Joakim blogs for Nerikes Allehanda, one of the biggest newspapers in Sweden. It's in swedish and mostly about Gospel Journey. But things like the swedish royalties, music schools and russian paparazzis are in there too.

Gospel Journey blog

Posted on 24 Jun 2015

Gospel Journey start up August 27th

The first opportunity to join Gospel Journey after this summer is August 27th. Location is Immanuel church, Örebro, Sweden. The time is 19.00.

Posted on 28 May 2015

New York 23-30 mars

The Gospel Journey trip to New York will not take place in December. The trip will be March 23rd-30th 2016. Visit for more info.

Posted on 03 May 2015

Two songs for everybody

May 8th is the first Gospel Journey concert in Sweden. May 7th you can join the choir rehearsal and learn two songs, and then sing with us in the concert. Email to learn more.

Posted on 14 Apr 2015

Video clips with Joakim Arenius

Follow this link to watch a collection of video clips with Joakim, Joybells, Praise Unit and workshop choirs:

About Joakim

Posted on 10 Apr 2015

Primula Veris performing

Joakim's first performances with the classical choir Primula Veris will be held at Hovsta Kyrka and Nerikes Kils Kyrka. Read the tour dates for more info.

Posted on 06 Apr 2015

St Petersburg Gospel Choir

In February 2015 a new gospel choir was started by Nina Elisheva in St Petersburg, Russia. Joakim spent two weeks in the city together with Nina and the choir Total Praise to present gospel music and invite singers to the new choir. St Petersburg Gospel Choir is now up and running and hopefully it will not be long before the first concert.

Posted on 01 Apr 2015

Join the swedish New York trip

In December 2015 Joakim and Gospel Journey will experience what New York City offers during the Christmas season. If you are interested in joining us send an email to . You will then receive more info about dates and prices.

Posted on 19 Mar 2015

Classical with Primula Veris

Starting January 2015 Joakim is the director of the renowned classically trained choir Primula Veris. Since the early 80's this group has spread their talents around the world, performing old and modern classical music, folk music, jazz, world music, hymns and much more. The repertoire for 2015 is yet to be announced.

Posted on 22 Jan 2015

New year, new music

Joakim sums up 2014 with four CD's. "Now and here" that was recorded for the gospel choir workshops, Praise Unit "Christmas" that put all songs from the past two Christmas seasons on one CD, Gospel Gloria "Tal como soy" with original songs composed by the members of this spanish gospel group and co-produced by Joakim, Norwegian Gospel Voices "This is the way" that contains some songs and productions by Joakim in collaboration with Kristin Minde and Tobias Grenholm. New things are to expect for 2015!

Posted on 01 Jan 2015

Gospel Journey

"Gospel Journey" is a new choir under the direction of Joakim Arenius. Rehearsals are in �rebro and Kumla and they are open for anybody. In 2015 the choir will go with Joakim to New York. More info here:

Gospel Journey

Posted on 19 Dec 2014

Sushi meets Christmas

Praise Unit do one Christmas concert in Sweden 2014. At the Sushi & Lounge Bar "East West" in �rebro the 20th of December. Check out the Facebook event for information on tickets and more:

Praise Unit Live

Posted on 03 Dec 2014

A Joyful Noise -new arrangement

Bradley Knight from Texas, USA, recorded Joakim's song "A Joyful Noise" with mass choir and full symphony orchestra. The recording and complete scores can be purchased from this website:

A Joyful Noise

Posted on 03 Dec 2014

First review of "Christmas"

The full length Praise Unit CD "Christmas" has just been released in Scandinavia. The newspaper Dagen was the first to write a review:

"With Christmas music like this, this season is guaranteed to be a party." 

Posted on 18 Nov 2014

Norwegian Gospel Voices -new CD

"This is the way", the new CD by the popular Norwegian Gospel Voices is now available for purchase. It contains some songs by Joakim Arenius, and some songs that Joakim co-wrote with NGV leader Kristin Minde. It has already received great reviwes in norwegian newspapers. This is the iTunes link:

This is the way

Posted on 31 Oct 2014

Sing the rain away

The final service, with a choir of 5000 singers on K�nigsplatz in Kassel, started with heavy rain. But after a few songs the clouds parted and the ending celebration of Gospel Kirchentag was again a very memorable moment!

Posted on 23 Sep 2014

Available at the GKT store in Kassel

New products from Joakim that you can buy at the store at Gospel Kirchentag 2014 include "Christmas" with Praise Unit, "Now and here" for workshops and "Tal como soy" by the spanish choir Gospel Gloria that Joakim produced.

Posted on 16 Sep 2014

Christmas on CD

The Praise Unit Christmas material that has been previously released on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and so on, will shortly be available on a "real" CD. There are ten songs on CD, which means it includes a little more than what you have been able to find on the Internet earlier.

Posted on 16 Sep 2014

Correction of workshop date

February 28th 2015 Joakim will be in Hannover, Germany and than in Witten on March 1st. There was different information on the tour date side earlier, but it has now been corrected.

Posted on 16 Sep 2014

New workshop songbook

Joakim's new songbook, "Now and here", will be released in Germany in time for Gospel Kirchentag in Kassel, September 2014. It contains ten songs, which are also on the CD that comes with the songbook. Two of the songs are "Now" and "My promise", which will be sung by the mass choir in Kassel.

Posted on 19 Aug 2014

Next New York trip

The dates for your next opportunity to travel with Joakim and Creative Kirche to New York are Oct 3rd-12th 2015. For more information please press this link:

Posted on 19 Aug 2014

The new spanish gospel is out

Ten songs, written by the group members, are on the new CD "Tal como soy", from the spanish choir Gospel Gloria. The CD is produced by Joakim Arenius and Sergio Mart�n Zamora.

 Tal como soy

Posted on 07 Jul 2014

Soccer World Cup

It is still possible to support the Anti Trafficking organizations who focus on the victims outside of the arenas of the World Cup in Brazil. One way to support is to download "Keep Shining" from iTunes. Keep shining

Posted on 07 Jul 2014

Our special Christmas playlist

We present a special 1,5 hour long Spotify playlist with Christmas music only, and the Praise Unit Christmas songs included.

Posted on 18 Dec 2013

Four new songs from Praise Unit

All Praise Unit Christmas songs are now available on all large distributors of streaming music and downloads, incl the four songs that are new for 2014. Check iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and others.

Posted on 18 Dec 2013

Keep shining

To help fight human trafficking you can download the Praise Unit song, "Keep Shining", from iTunes. More info here:

Posted on 18 Dec 2013

Fight human trafficking

Joakim Arenius & Praise Unit work together with Barnhj�lpen from Sweden, Renas from Brazil, and the international Bola Na Rede, to keep children and teens from sexual tourism during the soccer world cup in Brazil 2014.

Posted on 18 Dec 2013

Video link

Watch the video for "The Star" here:

Posted on 21 Nov 2013

Guest singers of The Star video

Joakim & Praise Unit are honored to have friends from all over the world participating in the music video for "The Star". A very special thanks to Roma Gospel Voices (Italy), The Far East Asian Dance Project (Japan), Praise Time (Germany), Gospel Gloria (Spain), Livslust (Sweden) and The Maranatha Baptist Church Choir (USA).

Posted on 21 Nov 2013

More memories

Last Saturday Joakim was reunited with the singers and band from the late Joybells 90's and early 00's. The repertoire, choreography and costume from the Joybells/Joakim days were celebrated and honor was given to this choir who has served Europe with gospel music for 50 years.

Posted on 18 Nov 2013

Nr 1 on iTunes

"The Star" and the "Little Drummer Boy" both reached nr 1 on the iTunes R'n'B/Soul list in Sweden.

Posted on 18 Nov 2013

Praise Unit on the lists

Maybe you prefer to buy physical CD's or choose your music from Spotify, Wimp or Amazon? "The Star" from Praise Unit will be released only on iTunes Oct 30th. If you download "The Star" between Oct 30th and Nov 4th you help our music and message get iTunes attention! "The Star" is already available on sheets from Gehrmans publishing, for choir and piano.

Posted on 21 Oct 2013

The Star release Oct 30th

Help Praise Unit get iTunes attention world wide. Download ”The Star” from the iTunes store between Oct 30th and Nov 4th. You will get a brand new song and you support Praise Unit!

Posted on 17 Oct 2013

Family news

A lot of things happened recently in the Praise Unit family. Three marriages, to begin with. Congratulations to Julia, whose new last name is Josephson. To Simon, whose new last name is Hammarbacken. To Kristoffer, who still is Sj�berg. Maria H�glund (formerly Engstr�m) is, since a few weeks, mother of a little boy, Jonah. Finally Tobias has rapidly put three boys into this world over the past five years. It's a blessing!

Posted on 17 Oct 2013

The Star

"The Star" will be the first release from the Praise Unit Christmas music 2013. This song was first introduced at the Christmas workshop in Witten, Germany, 2011. In 2012 it was the final song of the concerts on Praise Units Christmas tour. This year it will at first be released only on iTunes.

Posted on 14 Oct 2013

Order Praise Unit Christmas sheets

Write an email to order the sheets for the Praise Unit Christmas music:

Posted on 14 Oct 2013

Gospel Gloria

The choir "Gospel Gloria" hired Joakim as producer for their new CD. They also celebrate 20 years as a choir and with their new CD they present their unique style of original gospel music written in spanish. The recordings were done in sep-oct, and the mixing of the CD will continue later this year. Find them on Facebook:

Posted on 14 Oct 2013

Joybells with Joakim

On November 16th there will be a Joybells concert in the church of Immanuel, �rebro. It is the singers and musicians from 1996-2004, who come together with Joakim to sing the songs from that era. Welcome!

Posted on 29 Aug 2013

Praise Unit Christmas available for choir and piano

There are two new songbooks with music from the Praise Unit christmas repertoire. The notes are transcribed to fit most kinds of choirs. It written in four parts, SATB, for the choir and a piano part, arranged by Kristian Kraftling. You can find the songbooks on this website:

Posted on 29 Aug 2013

Sing with Praise Unit

Praise Unit sang together with many great German choirs at the Christmas tour 2012. In 2013 the same thing will happen in Sweden. If you want to sing the Christmas repertoire together with Praise Unit send an email to The concerts are organized together with Bilda. Send an email to for more info.

Posted on 17 Jul 2013

B�da celebrates 40

July 17th Praise Unit will perform at B�dag�rden, �land. This legendary part of Sweden celebrates 40 years in tourism business. If you want to experience a beautiful part of Sweden, a long nice beach and good music -come and celebrate with Praise Unit!

Posted on 27 Jun 2013

New dates for Urban festival

The Urban Youth Choir festival will be September 5th-7th 2013. Apart from Joakim Arenius the festival will also present Swedish artist Syster Sol plus singers and musicians from all over the world.

Posted on 15 May 2013

Christmas tour 2013

In 2013 Praise Unit will do their Christmas tour in Sweden mostly, plus a few Christmas concerts in the neighbouring countries. If you are interested in a Praise Unit Christmas concert in your city please send an email to

Posted on 15 May 2013

Tickets to the 50 year anniversary

You can now buy tickets to the great gala concert where Joybells celebrates 50 years of gospel music in �rebro, Sweden. The tickets are avilable at Ticnet.

Posted on 03 Apr 2013

Correction of location

The "Rheinisches Gospelchortreffen" at the end of June 2013 was announced in D�sseldorf, Germany, on the tour dates page, but that was an error. The correct location is Krefeld, Germany.

Posted on 03 Apr 2013

More Urban Choir Music

There will be a sequel to the Urban Youth Choir Festival that premiered in �rebro, Sweden, last year. If you want to join the choir follow this link:

Urban Youth Choir Festival 2013

Posted on 12 Feb 2013

Back to Toral

The famous spanish camp for modern christian music at Toral, near the spanish city of L�on, will once again be visited by Joakim. The camp is first of all for spanish singers and musicians, but people from any country are welcome. 

Posted on 12 Feb 2013

Christmas video

Right after Christmas 2012 was over, Joakim and Praise Unit went to a mansion on the swedish countryside to record a video for the song "The Star", which is featured on the full Christmas CD that will be released near the end of 2013.

Posted on 12 Feb 2013

Webshop update

Right before Christmas you can find new lower prices on some of the articles in the webshop. Plus the new Praise Unit Christmas CD, of course.

Posted on 19 Dec 2012

Follow Praise Unit

During the Christmas tour you can follow Praise Unit on the blog, There is also more frequent and updated information on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Posted on 11 Dec 2012

How to get the Praise Unit Christmas EP

We are working on a full Christmas CD, but this year we release only a teaser with four songs -classic Christmas songs arranged and performed Praise Unit style. It will be available at the concerts on our Christmas tour, from the online store on this website and at the store "Din Bok" in �rebro. If you have problems at the online store, or questions about our Christmas music, please send an email .

Listen to samples on the Praise Unit Facebook-page.

Posted on 05 Dec 2012

Summer concerts

Even though focus right now is on the Christmas tour in December, Praise Unit is also working on the concert schedule for the summer of 2013. If you are interested in booking a concert with Praise Unit, or a workshop with Joakim, please send an email to

Posted on 28 Nov 2012

Christmas EP

Just before the Christmas tour in December the new EP with Praise Unit will be released. It contains four songs and it will only be available through online orders. Because of problems with the record company the full Christmas CD will be available at  in 2013.

Posted on 08 Nov 2012

Dates for the Christmas tour

Under "tour dates" you can now find the cities that Joakim Arenius & Praise Unit will visit during the Christmas tour in Germany 2012.

Posted on 29 Sep 2012

No more teaching?

After 19 years Joakim quit his job as music teacher at Karolinska skolan, �rebro. Now comes a time for more focus on workshops, composing music, producing CD's and maybe some new projects!?!? Teaching is  very dear to Joakim, and he is still doing it, but not at one singular school.

Posted on 29 Sep 2012

Urban Youth Choir Festival

October 26th-27th there is an historical event in �rebro, Sweden. For the first time in Europe there is an "Urban Youth Choir festival", for young people who like to sing music from the dancefloors and the rock concerts. Check this website again for more details.

Posted on 25 Sep 2012

New York again

In October 2012 there is a group of 55 people who will enjoy the city that never sleep together with Joakim. It is an inspirational tour for people who wish to learn more about the music of the african american churches in New York. Joakim will be the tour guide and the week will be full of sight seeing, but even more visiting Joakim's friends in the african american churches.

Posted on 25 Sep 2012

Joybells celebration!

The oldest gospel choir of Europe, "Joybells", which Joakim directed for eight years, celebrates 50 years in 2013! The celebration concert will be in �rebro, Sweden, May 11th 2013. Members from all the way back to 1963 will participate.

Posted on 17 Sep 2012

Gospel at Frizon

The Frizon festival, where Joakim has performed with Praise Unit several times, has been known more for their rock oriented artists. But over the years the music has become more diverse. This year one special guest was Marlo Hogue from South Carolina, USA, who shared her beautiful soulful southern gospel music together with her performing group. Joakim had the privilige to travel with them for a few days and after this more music can be expected from Marlo (a.k.a. Radiant) and Joakim together.

Posted on 31 Aug 2012

Europa Cantat

Joakim's workshop with urban (modern, contemporary) gospel at the big Europa Cantat festival in Torino resulted in a concert at Piazza San Carlo with thousands in the audience. The choir had members from Switzerland, Lathvia, Germany, France, USA, Spain and Italy. Together with Joakim they rocked Thorino with songs like "Grab the sun", "Free will", the new accapella song "Inspired" and many more.

Posted on 31 Aug 2012

New swedish musical

Lennart Edberg from the western part of Sweden wrote a musical about the book of Ruth from the bible. The songs are inspired from swedish folkmusic and hymns. Joakim was priviliged to record and produce the CD-version of this musical, and in just a few weeks it will be on the market.

Posted on 31 Aug 2012

"Like" Praise Unit

The Praise Unit page on Facebook was for a long time without any information or updates. But that has changed from the summer of 2012. If you are on Facebook, look us up and press "like".

Praise Unit Facebook



Posted on 26 Jun 2012

Praise Unit Christmas Tour 2012

To get more info about the Christmas tour in december, or have a concert in your own city, email Hanne Gallatin at

Posted on 03 Jun 2012

Dortmund 2012 schedule

If you will be in Dortmund for the Gospelkirchentag 2012 you can follow Joakim & Praise Unit at these hours: Friday, 1st June 20.00 Concert with Praise Unit at the main stage 23.00 Concert with Praise Unit at the youth location Saturday, 2nd June 10.30 Joakim conducting SoulTeens Mass Choir (2 Songs) 16.00 Concert with Praise Unit at the main stage Sunday, 3rd June 10.00 Joakim conducting Gospelkirchentag MassChoir (1 song) 14.00 Final service with all singers and musicians of SoulTeens & Gospelkirchentag

Posted on 25 May 2012

CD and Songbook

The songbook "Inspired" has been for sale since January. The CD is just out and will be available from the end of May. It is the songbook of songs inspired by workshops in Germany. Many of them have been used during Joakim's work in Spain and some of them are translated into spanish. To order a CD or songbook go to:

Posted on 25 May 2012


The second week of June is the big music festical, Lumen, in Slovakia. This year Joakim & Praise Unit performs on Saturday evening. More info here:

Posted on 25 May 2012

Gospel de Espa�a

Look for the name "Gospel de Espa�a" at Gospel Kirchentag in Dortmund, if you want to see Joakim together with the spanish choir.

Posted on 25 May 2012

Disconnected phone number

Between March 20th - May 20th Joakim's swedish phone number is disconnected. If you wish to reach Joakim on his spanish phone, send an email first and ask for the spanish phone number.

Posted on 18 Mar 2012

The schedule

Joakim is now in Spain for three months together with his family. They live in Valencia and work with local gospel choirs. The schedule for visit to other cities is now available under "tour dates".

Posted on 18 Mar 2012

First songbook, then CD?

There has been some confusion the fact that the "Inspired" songbook is out and available, but there is no CD to listen to. The CD will be available soon, but some things still has to be done before the songs can leave the studio and reach the listener.

Posted on 04 Mar 2012

Read about the progress in Spain is the website where you can read about how things proceed among spanish gospel choirs, from the perspective of Joakim and his family. Most of it is written in english, but also some spanish and swedish.

Posted on 04 Mar 2012

Schedule in Spain 2012

Joakim will work with spanish gospel choirs from March 1st-June 1st. A more detailed schedule will be available under tour dates soon. So far this swedish/spanish gospel project includes choirs from Valencia, Castilla La Mancha, Madrid, Leon, Zaragoza and dates are available for more choirs.

Posted on 20 Jan 2012

News for the new year

At the end of 2011 Joakim notes some frustration -the Christmas CD with Praise Unit was postponed, and the teen musical with Oslo Soul Teens was cancelled. But the new year seems to have a lot of exciting things to present -the Christmas CD with Praise Unit will be released (and available already at summer festivals across Europe), the teen musical has found new singers (exciting news about this to come soon), the new workshop CD and songbook "Inspired", will be presented in the beginning of the year and Joakim will live in Valencia, Spain, for three months to minister through music together with the spanish gospel choirs!

Posted on 28 Dec 2011

Christmas in �rebro

December 17th Joakim will direct some of the students from his school, Karolinska skolan, when they sing in his hometown �rebro. The venue is Conventum Arena and the event is a touring Christmas concept with some of Sweden's most popular artists from different genres.

Posted on 07 Dec 2011

Preview of Praise Unit Christmas and "Inspired" songbook

The first weekend of December 2011 Joakim does a Christmas workshop in Witten, Germany. The mass choir will sing some songs from the upcoming Praise Unit CD, which means this will be the first official performance of these songs. The mass choir will also sing some songs from "Inspired", the new songbook/CD which will soon be released from Creative Kirche.

Posted on 21 Nov 2011

Joakim is "Inspired" -new songbook is out soon!

Very soon you can order a new songbook with gospel songs for choir, composed by Joakim Arenius. It will be the third songbook published by "Creative Kirche", and the title is "Inspired". The songs were inspired by workshops with choirs in different parts of the world. Go here to order:


Posted on 03 Nov 2011

Urban Gospel at Europa Cantat festival

At the end of July Joakim will teach his modern choir style to the participants of the great Europa Cantat festival in Torino. Joakim will teach his songs, as well as teaching about different styles of gospel music and how he ended up doing the Praise Unit style.

Posted on 30 Oct 2011

Joakim moves to Spain

In early spring Joakim Arenius and his family will move to Spain to share the gospel ministry during four months. They will live in Valencia, but travel all over the country to share the gospel and serve the spanish gospel choirs.

Posted on 30 Oct 2011

East and west come together

In October 2011 the first Russian gospel choir "Total Praise" visited Sweden for one concert together with Praise Unit in Stockholm, and one concert together with Praise Unit and American Gospel Impact Radio talent show winner Bryan Pound. The merge of cultures and singing styles was an inspiration to the artists as well as the listeners. There will be more to come! 

Posted on 30 Oct 2011

Praise Unit Christmas CD will be out in 2012

The recordings have already started and there are eight Christmas classics in Praise Unit style ready for CD, but it will not be available until Christmas 2012. There were too many problems during the preparations this year, so it has been decided it is best for everybody to wait one year. Keep your eyes open one year from now!

Posted on 30 Oct 2011

Winner of Gospel Music Talent Show

Bryan Pound, the winner of an American gospel radio talent show, will join Praise Unit at the concert in Orebro, Sweden, October 23rd. More info on

Posted on 29 Sep 2011

"Take care" concert in �rebro

The concert together with Total Praise from Russia that was announced on Oct 24th has moved to Oct 23rd. It will be in the church of Immanuel in �rebro, Sweden, and including Joybells and other great singers.

Posted on 12 Sep 2011

More blog news

The Praise Unit blog will be busy again in August 2011. Joakim will report from his visit to Gospel Workshop of America, and after that there will be reports from all of Praise Unit regarding a new CD project. Check out

Posted on 04 Aug 2011

Musical change again

Recent news on this website was that the Oslo Soul Teens musical, had a name change -"Loved". The new change is that the whole project is cancelled. ACTA, the norwegian administrator of the musical, has other plans. There will still be a musical, but of a different kind. If you wish to know more contact Ragnhild Hiis �nestad

Posted on 14 Jul 2011

Praise Unit without Praise Unit concert

Like 2010 there will be two weeks of singing and playing for Praise Unit at L�ttorp Camping on �land, Sweden. But this year the singers and musicians will only serve to back up other artists and lead worship in the services. Last year there was also a Praise Unit concert, but this year that is not going to happen. Maybe there will be a few Praise Unit songs played, but not in the usual setting. The two last weeks of July is your chance to meet with Praise Unit at L�ttorp.