Pope Francis, leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, will release a prog-rock-infused album to “spread his message of hope, faith and unity,” Rolling Stone reported Friday. The collection will feature His Holiness delivering sacred hymns as well as excerpts from some of his most moving speeches over “musical accompaniment ranging from pop-rock to Gregorian chant.”
The Vatican worked with Believe Digital on the project, which will be released Nov. 27 and is currently available for pre-order. Hear the first single, “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!” on which the Pope addresses a South Korean congregation over triumphant musical backing, below via Rolling Stone.[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/225225714?secret_token=s-DONtr" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]
The collection’s producer and artistic director, Don Giulio Neroni explained the collection to the magazine: “For many years, I’ve been the producer and the artistic director of albums by the Pope. I had the honor to work with John Paul II, Benedict XVI and now Pope Francis. As in the past, for this album too, I tried to be strongly faithful to the pastoral and personality of Pope Francis: the Pope of dialogue, open doors, hospitality. For this reason, the voice of Pope Francis in Wake Up! dialogues music. And contemporary music (rock, pop, Latin etc.) dialogues with the Christian tradition of sacred hymns.”
Check “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!” out and read more over at Rolling Stone.