While studying for the priesthood, Brother John Klein LC releases his first album Love is Brave
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Atlanta, GA (May 24, 2012) - When Brother John Klein LC left college life in Nashville Tennessee 6 years ago to study for the priesthood, he thought he was leaving his love for music behind. But God had other plans.
On May 19, 2012, he released songs from his new EP (a shorter recording than a full album) titled Love is Brave. He wrote and performed all the songs on the album.
As Brother John puts it, "God has used all of my gifts and talents, especially the gift He has given to me of music, to touch the hearts of many people."
Brother John is a seminarian studying to be a priest in the religious order the Legionaries of Christ. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Brother John played in various bands while in high school and college. While working with young people during his third year of priestly formation, he started singing and playing guitar again. This resurgence of music in his life eventually led to a performance for the Vocation Coffee House at World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain, this past August, 2011, an experience he says showed him God's plan to use this gift for a special mission.
After experiencing the positive impact his music had on others, Brother John was inspired to record his new album.
"It's been a beautiful experience of how providence has led me in this direction to use my music to connect with kids," he says. "A lot of times there's a block there: you have a collar and guys think you were born that way. Music helps bridge that gap; it lets you live an experience through the eyes of the artist. I share my experience with kids who are asking the same questions: who am I, what's God's plan in suffering, does God have a plan for my life..."
Brother John hopes the release of his EP will help to shed stereotypes of seminary life.
"I wanted to break the stereotype out there that seminarians live boring lives," he said. "This myth has to be busted. I have never been happier or had more adventures than when I gave my life to God and entered the seminary. God will use all your gifts and talents to the max, putting them all at the service of others and his Kingdom!"
"My story is a confirmation that when we surrender to God, he doesn't stifle us, but uses our gifts for others," says Brother John. "For me, the struggle when I entered the seminary was thinking that I would lose something, but the reverse happened. Through my music I try to help other people to share a little bit in the beautiful and life-changing experience of God that I have had; one that has led me on the greatest adventure of my life: that of being a Catholic seminarian."
Digital downloads of the Love is Brave EP are available now from CDBaby.com at http://cdbaby.com/cd/brjohnklein. The album is also available for download from Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Love-Is-Brave-EP/dp/B0084J0KAE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1337716871&sr=8-2) and will soon be available from iTunes. The album will be available in hard copy beginning May 25 for those in Atlanta. For more information, email Br. John at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out www.facebook.com/johnkleinlcmusic.
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Kelly Luttinen - Public Relations Advisor, 248-979-8129
Seminarian, New Music, Regnum Christi
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