Vespers for the Immaculate Conception debuts as Billboard’s #2 classical music album

New album by J.J. Wright brings audiences a new vision of sacred music

SAN FRANCISCO — J.J. Wright’s new album, VESPERS FOR THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: J.J. WRIGHT TRIO; ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL CHOIR; FIFTH HOUSE ENSEMBLE, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard magazine’s Traditional Classical Music Chart.

“I'm thrilled with the opening week success of the album,” said Wright. “I hope that VESPERS FOR THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION can continue to help others deepen their life of faith through devotion to the Blessed Mother.”

Produced by Wright, a Grammy Award-winning and Billboard Chart-topping composer, musician and choir director at the University of Notre Dame, VESPERS FOR THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION is a beautiful recording that brings audiences a new take on sacred music, one that tells the story of the miraculous origin of Mary.

VESPERS FOR THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION follows the critical success of Wright's Advent and Christmas cantata, O Emmanuel, which quickly became a classical bestseller and spent eight weeks on the Billboard Classical Charts. Born out of the sorrow of Wright’s wife miscarrying their child at 12 weeks, he poured his grief into the music, resulting in his latest album, and deepened his relationship with Mary in the process.

“I had no idea how to cope with the grief and disappointment that we were going through, but this confusion led me to pray with the text of the Vespers in a different way than I had before,” said Wright. “Through the liturgical prayer itself, I was given the gift of meeting Mary and Jesus directly in my work, and the music that resulted was a direct expression of a very real sense of knowing that Mary’s parents and Mary herself must have known well the struggles that we were going through as a family.”

Combining a renowned choir, soloists, a string quartet and a jazz piano trio, VESPERS FOR THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION is anchored by Gregorian chant and two Baroque motets by Giacomo Carissimi and Marc-Antoine Charpentier, while weaving together scripted and uplifting music for a jazz trio. Hymns include the Salve Regina, Hail Mary, Our Father, Magnificat, and more.

The Fifth House Ensemble, J.J. Wright Trio and St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir will perform VESPERS FOR THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION at 7 p.m. ET Thursday, Dec. 5 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

The album can be purchased here.

For more information, to request a media review copy of the album or to schedule an interview with J.J. Wright, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or [email protected]) of Carmel Communications.