Pope Francis features in a pop-rock music album scheduled to be released in November.
According to media reports, Pope Francis will be airing his message of love and peace in a pop-rock album titled Wake Up, which is to be released this November. The album features the Pontiff delivering and reciting few excerpts from his speeches and sacred hymns.
This album will be released by Believe Digital, and will release the album on November 27. Pope Francis will be delivering excerpts from his famous speeches and sacred hymns in various languages including, Italian, English, Spanish and Portuguese. The Pontiff spoke over 11 tracks in all addressing issues like peace, dignity, environmental crisis and aiding those who are deprived.
The music rages from pop-rock to Gregorian styles. The title track, “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!” features excerpts from Pope Francis’ speech in English to South Korean addressees last year.
“Wake up, Wake up, The Lord speaks of a responsibility that the Lord gives you. It is a duty to be vigilant. Not to allow the pressures, the temptations and the sins to dull our sensibility of the beauty of holiness,” Pope Francis says in the track. In a while as the track progresses, he says, “No one who sleeps can sing, dance and rejoice.” and urges his audience to wake up and go.
Wake Up has been produced and directed Don Giulio Neroni. While talking about his venture with the Pontiff he said, “For many years, I’ve been the producer and the artistic director of albums by the Pope. I had the honor to work with John Paul II, Benedict XVI and now Pope Francis.”
Several tracks in the album have been composed by Tony Pagliuca, who is alo the composer of title track “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!,” said, “In the Seventies, I founded the pop-rock band Le Orme and topped the charts, toured Italy and U.K. and had the chance to collaborate with international artists like Peter Hammil and David Jackson (Van Der Graaf Generator). During the years, I also made an important journey of faith.
When Don Giulio Neroni asked me to collaborate on this CD, I immediately accepted with enthusiasm. Putting my music in the service of the words and the voice of Pope Francis has been a fantastic experience and a very interesting artistic challenge.”
Don Giulio Neroni further revealed that he tried to adhere to the pastoral and personality of Pope Francis. Pope Francis according him personifies dialogue, opportunities, compassion and hospitality. “That’s why, the voice of Pope Francis in Wake Up! dialogues music.”