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Thank you! You helped make my debut album, Be Not Afraid, a reality. You can still help by telling your friends, coming to a show, booking me for a show or purchasing a CD for yourself or a friend
Thank you! You helped make my debut album, Be Not Afraid, a reality. You can still help by telling your friends, coming to a show, booking me for a show or purchasing a CD for yourself or a friend
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"Not all are called to be artists in the specific sense of the term. Yet, as Genesis has it, all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: in a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece." - Saint John Paul II

Hello friends! I am Benjamin Brekke, a Catholic singer-songwriter from Saint Paul, Minnesota.  I have been playing guitar and writing music since the age of 15.  

My music is all about journey.  Honest lyrics and intriguing melodies combine the ebb and flow of a life.  Through the exploration of the ups and downs, inspiration and frustration, struggles and belonging, to letting go and allowing God's mercy to flow.  Through my music, an invitation is extended to see that brokenness leads to redemption - be not afraid.

Be Not Afraid is the title of my debut album.  It will be produced and recorded by Jeremy Dinegan of MaryAnna Studios.  The album will feature guitar, ukelele, piano, drums, tuba and trumpet as I explore the themes of saints, the Blessed Mother, mercy, prayer life, fatherhood, family life, hope and more.

I am really excited to share my reflective and honest music and message with you and the rest of the world but I need your help.  There is a lot that goes into making a record.  Some of those expenses include tracking, mixing, producing and mastering so that these songs are radio ready.  After the recording there are additional costs for CD duplication, packaging, and website domain costs.  It would be a huge blessing to have your support in any way, so how can you help?

First: Pray for this project, God gets all the glory for any musical talent that I have and this album is ultimately His.

Second: Spread the word about Be Not Afraid.  The more people know about this project the more opportunities exist for God to work and be glorified.

Third: Give a pledge!  Check out all those sweet deals to the right.  The more you can pledge, the more you can "level" up.  Some of the pledge levels include a physical copy of the CD before its released, 2 exclusive bonus songs (fan favorites: The Cereal Song and Happy Movember), your name in the thank you liner notes of the CD, a booklet containing the lyrics and stories behind each song on the album, and even a live concert!

Thank you for your support and please spread the word!

Here is a preview of a song off the new album, Be Not Afraid, called Mercy

Thank you so much for checking out this page, I pray that many blessings will pour forth from this project.

Ukelele in the studio
Ukelele in the studio
Tuba in the studio
Tuba in the studio
Laying down guitar tracks
Laying down guitar tracks
my beautiful family
my beautiful family

Risks and challenges

I want each of you to be a part of this whole process. Therefore, I will give you updates along the way so that you are aware of the successes and bumps in the road as this project progresses. Fortunately, things have been going extremely well but please know that I will take the time to do things the right way so that the best product will be presented at the end.

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