FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Debut album with Decca Record Label to release this summer
Atlanta, GA, March 18, 2013 – De Montfort Music has inked a deal with The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. The label, representing beauty through music, has just wrapped the first part of an album featuring the voices of the popular Ann Arbor, MI-based religious community. This marks the first official recording for the young and vibrant order of women religious.
The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist are not unfamiliar with intersecting their gifts in the popular culture. They have been featured several times on mainstream television and radio sharing their vocation and charism, including several episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
“To say we are honored and thrilled for this providential collaboration is an understatement,” says Monica Fitzgibbons, COO of De Montfort Music. “We have been bestowed with a great privilege to be able to work with the sisters, who are so accomplished in their many pursuits. We are thrilled that they have agreed to document their beautiful music, which until now, has been sung privately in their chapel. We are eager to now share it with the world.”
Sr. Joseph Andrew, OP Vicaress General of The Dominican Sisters of Mary, had this to say about the new arrangement: “When De Montfort Music approached us about recording our music, we were very excited. Music has always been part of the daily life of our Religious Community, as a unique way of expressing our deep love of The Lord, and we always hoped to make it more widely available so that others could, by it, be drawn into their own deeper love of God. This also provided us an opportunity to make accessible some original pieces that we have written and arranged in hopes to further share our Dominican Spirit through the gift of song.”
In the midst of last week’s recording, the Sisters were captured on video reacting to the news of the new Holy Father for the Catholic Church. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GScyqXchS6c
Look for the first recording from The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist to be released summer 2013.
About the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
Canonically established in 1997 by John Cardinal O’Connor of New York, The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist are a young, vibrant community of consecrated women. Their pattern of life is inextricably bound up with the monastic observance given to them by their Dominican tradition. They espouse the common life, cloister, times and places of silence, the choral Divine Office and daily Mass. They participate in an active charism of education and formation of the young, administering, teaching and preaching in small, private Catholic schools, each named Spiritus Sanctus Academy. The founding of the Dominican Sisters of Mary was and remains an all-embracing “yes” in response to the Church’s need for laborers to enter the vineyard to plant, water and yield souls for Christ. Through the witness of their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and a life of prayer and of apostolic service, the Dominican Sisters of Mary seek to transform the world for the good of souls.
About De Montfort Music
De Montfort Music is a division of AimHigherMedia – both founded by music-industry veterans Kevin and Monica Fitzgibbons. Its special mission is to sign, develop, produce and bring to market the very best in Sacred Music for all times. The label is an ambassador to the world of the true and the beautiful. The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist are now signed to De Montfort Music, which is distributed worldwide through Decca/Universal.
Decca Records is part of Universal Music Group (UMG), the world’s largest music content company with market-leading positions in recorded music, music publishing, and merchandising. The name “Decca” dates back to a portable gramophone called the “Decca Dulcephone” patented in 1914 by musical instrument makers Barnett Samuel and Sons. That company was eventually renamed The Decca Gramophone Co. Ltd. and then sold to former stockbroker Edward Lewis in 1929. Within years Decca Records Ltd. was the second largest record label in the world, calling itself “The Supreme Record Company.” Today, Decca thrives on discovering talent in new areas ranging from pop, rock, folk and Americana, and takes pride in strengthening its classical and jazz heritage with consistent benchmark recordings from some of the world’s greatest musicians.