Decca Records/Universal Music announces the global signing of Franciscan Friar, Alessandro Brustenghi, from the original friary founded by Saint Francis of Assisi: the Porziuncola in Assisi. Alessandro is the first Friar in the history to land a major record deal. Voice From Assisi is a mix of traditional and modern sacred songs, including an original track by Royal Wedding composer Paul Mealor, set to a prayer written by St Francis of Assisi. When musing on his relationship with music, Friar Alessandro stated “God’s gift was in my heart. When I woke up in the morning in my heart I heard melodies”
Having taken a personal vow of poverty, Friar Alessandro will not accept any money from sales of the album and his day to day lifeRead more will not change. Proceeds will go directly to the Order of Friars Minor for its charitable work. The Friar, by day, works in the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, welcoming many of the six million visitors to Assisi every year. In his spare time he works as a carpenter, restoring furniture and making wooden lecterns.
The legendary Mike Hedges (U2, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers) discovered Alessandro while in Italy, after years of searching for “the next Italian Tenor”. Much like new TV hit ‘The Voice’ it was only when they met Alessandro in person, dressed in his habit, that they realized the singer recommended to them was a friar.