Grieve With Hope Virtual Christmas Concert
Watch our Grieve With Hope Virtual Christmas Concert that premiered on Sunday, December 20, 2020 to build the holiday spirit of joy and peace within the homes in our communities. Artists from across the nation shared their talent to renew all of us in HOPE this Christmas Season.
Aly Aleigha is an Indie-Folk Singer/Songwriter as well as a Catholic Speaker/Worship Leader from Duluth, MN. When she is not touring, she spends her days rock climbing cliffs that plunge into beautiful Lake Superior and enjoying the beauty of creation.
Dana Catherine is a Catholic Christian singer-songwriter and speaker originally from North Carolina, now living in Nashville, TN. She travels around the nation each year sharing her message of trust and surrender through music with thousands. You can find her latest singles, “Surrender Song” and “Right Where You Want Me,” wherever music is streamed or purchased. To find out more about Dana and her ministry, go to www.DanaCatherineMusic.com.
Norm Cotone has been performing since the late 1960’s; however, if you want to hear this Veteran Cleveland rocker it won’t be “performing” but rather “praising”. Norm Cotone has set his sights on higher ground. Cotone is the current music minister at St. John Bosco Parish in Parma Heights, Ohio, a position he has held for several years. Norm and the talented group of musicians and vocalists have adopted Vibrant Parish Life, a charismatic style of reverent worship, to complement traditional liturgical music. Cotone’s scriptural based album titled, Universal Language, was released in 2008. He is married and the proud father of three grown children!
In a previous life, Cotone led Cleveland Rock Band, Rainbow Canyon, on the keyboard and as a vocalist. They were one of the most popular bands to come out of Cleveland during their era (1972-1975). Originally known as simply “Rainbow”, the band set attendance records at the legendary Cleveland Agora where they gained a reputation for an exciting and animated show. They played concerts, colleges and clubs throughout the Midwest and signed with Capitol Records in 1973. The following year Capitol released the LP “Rollin’ In the Rockies” and the singles “Hot To Hold You” and “Invisible Song”.
Quinn and Sean Hussey are Indianapolis based songwriters and worship leaders. As the two youngest of five kids, they grew up playing and pursuing music together. Over the past several years, The Hussey Brothers have toured all around the country, sharing their music and stories to inspire people to become who God created them to be. In 2019, The Hussey Brothers released their debut album titled “Live For Home” with Papercastle Records in Nashville, TN. The Hussey Brothers desire to use their God given gifts to influence culture in a positive way, leading people towards the true, good, and beautiful.
Born and raised in the small coal-mining town of Pittston, Pennsylvania, Shawn’s love for music led him to begin imitating his musical idol, Elvis Presley. He performed in the famous Poconos region followed by a tour of Canada where he entered and won the $5,000.00 prize in the “Worldwide Elvis Competition” in Montreal. This caught the attention of the award winning Las Vegas show, “Legends in Concert” where for many years he starred as ‘Elvis’ in their Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas, Branson and Atlantic City show rooms. Each January he stars in the “Elvis Birthday Tribute Tour”, an extravaganza with Elvis’ own musicians, singers, and friends, in major venues in multiple cities.
Shawn has released 5 CDs. He has performed with Elvis’ closest friends, musicians and singers such as JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet, The Jordanaires, The Imperials, DJ Fontana, Charlie Hodge, Jerry Scheff, The Sweet Inspirations, Joe Guercio, Jerry Schilling and Joe Esposito. He portrayed Elvis in the hit TV miniseries “Shake, Rattle and Roll” which aired on CBS and VH1 and HBO’s Vinyl. Shawn was a featured performer on the Late Show with David Letterman performing to over 5 million viewers with the entire CBS Orchestra on Network Television and portrayed Elvis in HBO’s Vinyl. produced by Martin Scorsese and Mic Jagger. Shawn Klush is “The Closest Thing to the King in Concert”.
Jackie is a folk singer-songwriter from North Texas. Her first original song premiered at her fifth grade talent show and seven years later she recorded her debut EP Searching for Now. It caught the affection of listeners from around the globe when the budding artist was only 19 years old. In 2019, she released her anticipated single “Remind” as a part of a collaborative project alongside The Beauty Initiative within FOCUS and she has her sights set on recording for a 2021 release.
Jackie shares her music everywhere she goes, moving from Texas to Minnesota, to California, and finally to her current home in Nashville, Tennessee. Her style is often compared to Ingrid Michaelson, Joni Mitchell, and Daughter.
In her free time, she enjoys reading a good book or magazine, but her favorite past times involve pen and paper. When found with them in hand, Jackie can be caught journaling in her notebook, composing a letter, or—as you may have guessed—writing a song.
Seph Schlueter is a young adult worship artist passionate about awakening hearts to beauty, giving language to relationship with God, and leading others into an encounter with Jesus.
The Singing Angels do more than entertain. Singers have fun, make lasting friendships, learn important life lessons, and discover interests and skills that prepare them for life. From benefit concerts to food drives, those involved with The Singing Angels recognize the importance of being active in community affairs. Each holiday season, Angels perform at least 30 free concerts in Cleveland area nursing homes. For 50 years, Cleveland’s own Singing Angels have toured the world, visiting more than 30 countries. Command performances have included five trips to the White House, the Great Hall of the People of China, and three performances at the Vatican.
Taylor Tripodi from Cleveland, OH is on a mission to put people in an encounter with Christ through true, good, and beautiful music. After serving the Church for 2 years as a youth minister, her desire to bring hope to broken, hurting souls through Christian music has led her to become a full-time musician, singer-songwriter, and worship leader. Taylor’s music and ministry have led her all around the world, most recently leading worship in the Holy Land in Israel. This past year she was named one of the top 30 Catholic artists in the world and her newest album ‘Awakening’ hit over 150k streams on Spotify. In her spare time, she writes blogs for Ascension Press and enjoys spending time with her 8 younger siblings and big, Italian family.
Ben Wagner is an award-winning singer/songwriter in Nashville. He was named first place in the Great American Song Contest, “New and Notable” by NoiseTrade, and “One to Watch” by Nashville Songwriters Association International. Wagner has played a lot of shows: everywhere from bars, living rooms, churches and festival crowds of 3,000+. He performs with not set lists and just his acoustic guitar. He weaves together original music, popular songs, stories, and crowd banter. In 2017, Ben went down to Nashville and found himself in a conversation with a former Joe Cocker producer at a bar. Ben received a referral and spent much of 2017 driving back and forth from Nashville to record with producer Quinn Redmond (Stephen Day, Sawyer). Ben’s debut album Midwestern Comfort was released in June 2018 and is available now on all streaming platforms.
Zander’s music has roots in pop/folk/reggae. He has shared the stage with Ziggy Marley, Train, Fall Out Boy and other popular artists. Zander was born in Hong Kong and lived in Scandinavia, as well as several different cities in the United States. Love of music has been his “reason to be” since he was very young. Extensive touring throughout the US and travel to Australia and Latin America has connected him with his 250,000+ social media followers. With over 4 million streams on Spotify and YouTube, Zander’s dynamic performances encourage his fans to enjoy life in the moment.
Mary Kate Westrich is a worship leader, song writer, and artist with a passion for Christian ministry. In November she released her debut self-titled EP which she hopes will help people encounter the unconditional love of Christ. She and her husband, Chris, live in St. Louis, MO.
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