The desert as the beginning of freedom

"Shake Away"

Shake away, shake away the old chains in my life.

Michael Patrick “Paddy” Kelly was born in Dublin, Ireland on December 5, 1977. In the 90’s, together with his band “The Kelly family” he sold over 20 million cds. But despite such extraordinary success at a young age, in 2004 he decided to retire from public life.

Michael was looking for a quiet place for his soul to abide. He entered a monastery, where he came to know the joys of the contemplative life and the mysterious treasures hidden in the desert. He remembers this period as the most extraordinary time in his life, yet he felt called to another mission.

With “Shake Away” Paddy Kelly returns to the music world and invites us to join him on this journey to happiness.

Are you looking for your path?

Shake away! Shake off the chains, free yourself  from burdens and complication; love, build a simple life, cultivate authentic relationships.

The desert is an important reality for Michael. It isn’t a final solution but rather a necessary step for rediscovering the meaning of life.

If you can’t go to the desert, you can still “make a desert” by detaching yourself from people and distractions. Once you have tasted the delight of solitude with God, you can then return, but in a completely new way: with more love, with more joy, keeping a part of the desert in your heart, like a quiet room where you can take refuge and abide at any time.

Paddy Kelly tells us about a man searching for his deepest roots, and he leaves us with a beautiful picture of his experience. Leaving home with only a backpack, he goes to the threshold of infinity and invites us to join us on a journey across vast and luminous expanses. Let us be shaken by his words and transported by his music as he takes us to a place of peace.

“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the desert and speak tenderly to her heart” Os 2:14-15

The song “Shake Away” is from his album “Human”.

Costanza D’Ardia




Michael Patrick Kelly

NAME: Michael Patrick Kelly

Born in: Dublin, Ireland

Lives in: Germany

Latest Album: Human (2015)

Interesting fact: Michael lived for six years in a monastery following the monastic way of life of prayer, study and work. Today he has returned to make new music in light of this experience.