PARMA, Ohio - Friar Alessandro Brustenghi, a world famous singer from Assisi, Italy, made a special appearance at Padua High School in Parma Wednesday.
Brustenghi was the first Friar to land a major record label deal with Decca Records and Universal Music Group with the release of his first album, Voice From Assisi, a collection of music filled with passion, history and soul. The album was recorded at historic Abbey Road.
"I worried that this was too big a project for me but I also felt that this had happened for a reason, maybe a mission, maybe through God. I don't love so much the fame, cameras or journalists and indeed the money will go to assist the activities of the Order of the Friars Minor," said Brustenghi.
Brustenghi shared his life journey to a packed Padua gymnasium before performing two of his songs. The appreciative crowd gave him a standing ovation following his performance.
He also did not leave empty-handed. Brustenghi was presented with Padua Bruin apparel. The audience cheered loudly as he tried on his orange Bruin t-shirt.
He started singing at 14 years old. Upon entering the Franciscan order, he went on to teach singing and spent time restoring musical instruments. He is passionate about life and about God.
His newest album, Voice of Joy, is a collection of traditional Christmas carols, seasonal melodies and sacred arias recorded in both the United Kingdom and Bethlehem.