A Direct Line with God: Singing Friar from Assisi Lands Record Deal

Friar Alessandro

Alessandro Brustenghi grew up listening to American rocker Michael Jackson, and he loves the music of controversial Icelandic singer Björk, founder of the all-girl punk band Spit and Snot. Alessandro is too busy, though, to spend all his time on music.  The 34-year-old is a Franciscan friar at the monastery at Assisi, where he works as a carpenter—crafting wooden lecterns and restoring furniture.  Friar Alessandro’s operatic talent was discovered by British producer Mike Hedges, … [Read more...]


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