In the course of compiling the daily Catholic newswires on Friday, I stumbled upon a most welcome
on the CNN religion blog of all places. The treasure? A new friend in the world of Catholic music.
With her first album scheduled for release this week (it’s already available on iTunes, though), Audrey is a refreshing voice in the world of Catholic music. A recent convert to the faith, her lyrics are honest and vulnerable and perhaps best of all, they are unabashedly Catholic, in the true sense. Her lyrics speak of pain and redemption; along with the beauty and the wisdom of real love -- Love and Responsibility style.
Audrey told speakingoffaith.org
I did and do take solace in the Church, as a sparrow makes a nest in an old, solid oak; the Church's very age and wisdom speak quietly for themselves, silently drawing in wanderers like me. Jesus loves wanderers and prodigals; and the Church must welcome them with open arms--in my case, she did, and warmly at that. I find it beautiful about Catholicism that worship, in her way, is not so much an experience as it is an act of the will; yes, the senses are engaged by the sweet, thick smell of incense at the altar, the soft flickering of candles, the otherworldly melodies of chant; but ultimately, as a Catholic, I go to Mass to worship--to give Jesus the honor and glory He is worthy of; I go to Mass because I love Him.
The House You’re Building was produced by Marshall Altman (producer for Marc Broussard, Natasha Bedingfield, Bethany Dillon, and Brooke Fraser) and it f
eatures collaborations with Sarah Hart and Canadian-Catholic performer Matt Maher among others. Audrey’s sound is reminiscent of Brooke Fraser meets Sara Groves and decidedly, Sara Bareilles. In her interview with CNN, Audrey says that she wishes more women would put their artistic talents to work in the world of Catholic music:
Women express their thoughts, particularly about faith and relationships, differently than men,” she said, adding that she has conservative views about the roles of men and women in the church and home. “I love men; I want them to be empowered to be leaders … but I also think that it’s a shame that there aren’t more women doing artistic, creative things in the music industry.
To learn more about Audrey and her music, visit her on myspace
. There you can take a listen to her first single "For Love of You":
For love of you
I’m a sky on fire
And because of you I come alive
It is your Sacred Heart within me beating,
Your voice within me singing out;
For love of You.
You are the highway I travel,
Because I watch you carve streets of gold from all the sin and gravel;
I gave you brokenness
You gave me innocence
And now this road leads to glory.