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Help a seminarian to record his first Full Length album and be a light of hope shining for today's young people!

The MISSION and INSPIRATION:

     Two summers ago, myself and a fellow seminarian stood on stage in Madrid, Spain inside the Santiago Bernabeu stadium where the REAL Madrid soccer team plays.  We had been chosen to play at a World Youth Day 2012 event for a few thousand young people from all around the world (WYD is a gathering of 2 million young people with the Holy Father that happens every 2 years in different countries). It was a tremendous moment for me on the journey of my vocation where I profoundly experienced how good our God is and how beautiful were the plans he has tailor-made for each of our hearts.  In that moment on stage, playing music that I had written, God allowed me, for his glory, to fulfill a dream of mine which was to be a singer song-writer inspiring hope in youth with my music.

Br Gabriel and I playing at World Youth Day in Madrid!
Br Gabriel and I playing at World Youth Day in Madrid!

      What a grace it has been for me, during these 7 years in the seminary studying to be a priest with the Legionaries of Christ, to experience firsthand how God's plan for our lives incorporates our deepest longings and dreams and uses all our gifts and talents!  I currently live in Atlanta and this year God has given me the opportunity play in front of so many young people.  I have gotten to encourage them not to be afraid of seeking sincerely God's plan for their lives, even if at times it requires great trust and leads them to unexpected places (like the seminary!).  God's plan for us will not only be a great adventure, but an adventure greater than anything we could have planned for our own lives!  

     Please help me to continue to record music and inspire young people by supporting the release of my first full 13 song CD.  I believe it is my mission to continue to witness to young people through music that only in Christ's plan for their lives will they fulfill their dreams to the fullest and be able to fill their empty hearts to the brim!

The CD:  The CD titled FEARLESS will be 13 songs.  It will be recorded in Atlanta by Ted Prenares, a good friend of mine and sound engineer.  It will also feature many of the young people from Atlanta whom God has place in my path to serve and accompany. Together all of us will combine our talents for this project for the Glory of God!

The Release:  May 11, there will be a CD release party in Atlanta open to all youth and families at Studio One in Dunwoody on the campus of All Saints Parish.  There at the concert I will have the chance in person to share my testimony (and video-tape it for those not present) with all the youth and families attending.  The concert will conclude with adoration where all present are encouraged to seek God’s plan of how he desires them to use fearlessly their gift to evangelize our culture!  This event will seek to build a culture of LIFE and openness to God among our young people!

EP Release Party from last year!
EP Release Party from last year!

Watch a clip from the 2012 EP release party here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c41WsDByss

Your money will go toward covering the following costs:

Recording:

-Recording engineer (time donated)

-Studio Equipment (donated)

-Stipend to accompanying musicians

-Mixing and Mastering

-Pressing of the CDs

-Visual design and album art

Inspirational Album Release Event:

-Stipend to Concert Venue

-Sound men & Venue Staff

-Auxiliary Musician Stipend

-Promotional Flyers

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The risks and challenges posed to this project are as follows:

1. We are trying to record a top quality album while at the same time allowing young aspiring musicians to contribute what they are able and feel a part of this work. I feel it is my mission not just to do something great for God and with his help but to share that experience with others inspiring them to do the same. It will be difficult to coordinate everyone for recording but I am confident with God's help he will work it out.

2. Time moves so quickly and it is flying by! The recording will take place in March and the Release Concert will be in May. It will be a challenge to mix and master all the songs before May but the Lord will help us! This is God's mission!

3. The greatest challenge though will be to stay out of the Lord's way and let him work. This project will help me to grow in trust for the Lord and his Providence.

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    I will offer up an entire Holy Hour of prayer for you and your intentions. As well I will send you a free autographed copy of both albums!

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    I will Skype you and play for you any 2 songs you want and answer any questions you may have. As well I will offer up an entire Holy Hour of prayer for you and your intentions. Lastly I will send you a free autographed copy of the album!

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    I will come to your house and play for you a free concert in your living room (you need to live around Atlanta though...if you live in STL we can make a deal else I will have to do it over Skype). In addition I will offer up an entire Holy Hour of prayer for you and your intentions. Lastly I will send you a free autographed copy of the album!

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