Simon and Garfunkel Sing “Benedictus”

Simon and Garfunkel

Raise your hand if you remember this:  Simon and Garfunkel's recording of the traditional hymn "Benedictus." This hymn is a selection from the duo's debut album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.  It was arranged by Art Garfunkel and recorded on March 31, 1964, which would have been shortly before the duo rose to international fame.   Paul Simon is featured on Tenor and Guitar, while Garfunkel is on Stand-Up Bass and Counter-Tenor. The text, in Latin, is benedictus qui venit in nomine … [Read more...]

Collin Raye: A Voice (and a Faith) Undefeated

Collin Raye - book jacket 001

Collin Raye is a man of immense talent:  a country singer with 24 top ten records and sixteen #1 hits.  He's been nominated ten times for Male Vocalist of the Year (5 CMA and 5 ACM). But it's not Collin's fame or fortune, not his successful music career or his business acumen which have shaped him into the man of God he is today. I knew this the first time I heard him tell his story, when I attended Ave Maria Radio's 15th anniversary concert with Collin Raye.  A few years later, I … [Read more...]

The Singing Priest Gets a Record Deal

Fr Ray Kelly

No surprise:  Fr. Ray Kelly, the "singing priest" from Ireland, has been offered a record deal by Sony and Universal. His surprise for Chris and Leah O'Kane at the conclusion of their wedding ceremony, a personalized version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", has garnered more than 34 million views on YouTube in only three weeks, catapulting the clergyman to international prominence. The Irish Times reports today that Fr. Kelly has been offered two separate record deals with Sony and … [Read more...]


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