23 books and 53 recordings later, 0ne of Contemporary Christian Music’s pioneers, John Michael Talbot, is still going strong.
The 58 year old Talbot tours most of the year, allowing the Spirit to breathe through his heart-touching gift of meditative music. He does it out of obedience to a Francis-esque call to ‘rebuild God’s Church.’
In this interview, hear about what it was like to be on the cutting edge of Contemporary Christian Music, where it has taken him, and how he keeps spiritually attuned. Be blessed by this saint’s testimony.
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Making meditative Christian music is John Michael Talbot’s most profound gift. However, he is also a gifted orator – called to revive congregations and energize Christians. Here are my notes from the interview:
That 70′s Show
John Michael shares what it was like to play alongside his brother, Terry, as well as Barry McGuire, and Keith Green – pioneers of CCM.
A Life of Ministry, not Money
Charging money for concerts never felt right to John Michael, which is why he asks only for free will offerings these days. He continues to rely on God to meet his financial needs through generous patrons.
Renewal in Monasticism and Meditative Music
John Michael says he’s overjoyed as seeing a growing number of people turn from the faster-paced music to the slower, calmer tone of his own brand of meditative music – a gift he is keen to keep on sharing.
About John Michael Talbot
John Michael Talbot is a Roman Catholic singer/songwriter and one of the pioneering artists of Contemporary Christian Music. He is recognized as Catholic music’s most popular artist with over 4 million sales and compositions published in hymnals throughout the world. A respected (and prolific) author, John Michael’s 24th book “Blessings of St. Benedict” was published in 2011. John Michael leads his very active ministry from the Little Portion Hermitage where he is the founder and Minister General of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity. His artistic and humanitarian efforts have been recognized with awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Gospel Music Association. John Michael Talbot travels worldwide over nine months per year with his wife Viola fulfilling a call as a modern St. Francis, rebuilding God’s Church “one parish at a time, and renewing hearts one life at a time.”
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