All My Brothers and Sisters by Mark Kolter
Francis loved music as well, and the camaraderie of a shared performance or singing. In that spirit we offer a free download of “All My Brothers and Sisters” featuring musical artists of diverse genres and backgrounds from Wisconsin and Texas, as well as our own sisters and a ‘brother’ – Fr John Dombrowski from the Sacred Heart Province of the Order of Friars Minor. “All coming around…” in a unique collaboration.
Clean Edge of Change by Carrie Newcomer
Carrie Newcomer is an American singer, songwriter and author who speaks wisdom through the song ''Clean Edge of Change. She has produced 16 solo CDs and has received numerous awards for her music and related charitable activities. She has done numerous collaborations with authors, academics, philosophers and musicians. In 2009 and 2011 she traveled to India as a cultural ambassador, including musical performances organized by the US State Department. In 2012 she made a similar trip to Kenya on behalf of the Interfaith Hunger Initiative. Her range of causes, activities, collaborations and philosophies significantly influences her music
Awake by Peter Mayer
Minnesota's Peter Mayer has been singing and songwriting full-time for over 20 years, performing in venues across the United States and beyond. He writes songs for a small planet--songs about interconnectedness and the human journey--songs about life on earth and the mysterious and wondrous fact of our existence. All the splendors of creation Are very happy that you came Because they needed someone to see them And you my child are awake https://www.petermayer.net/
Go in Peace by Sam Baker
Sam Baker is a country singer-songwriter out of Austin, Texas. He believes in storytelling and that everyone is at the mercy of another one's dream. Go in peace.
In the Silence of the Heart by Danielle Rose
By embracing her vocation as wife & mother, Danielle desires to help build an authentic culture of life that nourishes & cherishes the gift of each person created in the image and likeness of God. Inspired by their witness, Danielle currently continues to offer her voice to raise support on behalf of the children of China Little Flower orphanage (www.chinalittleflower.org).
How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat by Amy Speace
Amy Speace is a folk/Americana American singer-songwriter from Baltimore, Maryland. National Public Radio described her voice as "velvety and achy" and compared her to Lucinda Williams. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. A former Shakespearean actress, her music has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, NPR, The Sunday London Times, Mojo Magazine, etc. Speace's song, Weight of the World, was recorded by singer Judy Collins on her 2010 album Paradise.
Jesus Wept by Ralph McTell
Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity spotlight Ralph McTell’s song Jesus Wept. It is a modern, folk hymn built on the phrase from John 11:35, the shortest verse in the Bible. He is an English singer-songwriter and acoustic guitar player who has been an influential figure on the UK folk music scene since the 1960s. McTell is best known for the Streets of London which has been covered by over two hundred artists around the world, and for his tale of Irish emigration, “From Clare to Here”.
Do People Bloom by Ezra Holbrook
In the Lenten springtime Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity encourage you to listen to Do People Bloom by Ezra Holbrook. Find encouragement that we all can find growth and goodness amid the challenges of life. Ezra Holbrook grounds himself in a deep earthy similie to sing a song of hope and redemption in all of relationships.
Pace e Bene by Brother Al Mascia OFM
Pace e Bene inspired by the manner in which St. Francis greeted his fellow human beings no matter who they were.
Brother Al Mascia OFM has been working with our sisters and brothers in need for many, many years including by establishing a Catholic Worker House for indigent persons with AIDS in Chicago back in the 1980’s until today by means of a great big vehicle called the Care’avan. He is also co-founder of the Song and Spirit Institute for Peace which promotes ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, reconciliation, peacemaking and education through Music, Art, organic farming and compassionate acts of community service. http://www.brotheral.org/brother_al/home.html
When Your Heart Breaks Through by Sam Brenner
I love an audience. Always have. I’ve been pretending to play to sold-out crowds since I was a little kid. When I was 12, my parents bought me my first guitar—an acoustic Yamaha FD01S. That gift was enough to fuel a big dream. I pursued that dream with fervor and started playing my music in clubs, coffeehouses, and colleges all around the country. During my time on the road, I was fortunate to share stages with talented artists such as Lifehouse, The Verve Pipe, Steve Moakler, Andrew Ripp, Jesse Ruben, Lee DeWyze (American Idol winner), Griffin House, Joshua James, Barnaby Bright, and Brooke Annibale.
Thousands of miles, hundreds of shows, dozens of broken guitar strings, and two studio albums later, I decided music will always be an important part of my life but it didn't need to be my full-time gig. http://www.sambrenner.com/