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Interview with the Catholic Artist Going Viral on YouTube

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"Verdades do tempo"

Thiago Brado is a Brazilian Catholic artist who has long been on the music scene. He began singing when he was 10 years old and at 14 he began conservatory studies. In 2007 he got involved with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Brazil and since then, he says, “I sing what the Lord wants me to sing.” His music has had tremendous success and he has reached many hearts. His 2013 hit, “Minha Essência” has over 7.7 million views on YouTube.

We had the chance to chat with the singer and ask him a few questions.

Tell us little about about how you came into music and your mission so that our followers at Cecilia can get to know you.

It started 11 years ago when I found Christian music, serving in my home parish. I played at Mass and then started playing for prayer groups and retreats in my city. In 2011, after one year in university, I left school to record my first album. And by the grace of God, the mission has gradually grown since then.

Some of your videos on YouTube have millions of views. What is so impressive about that is that your songs are prayers. To what do you attribute such success?

It was a surprise for me. I could not have imagined such great success on that platform. It just goes to show us every day that the world needs the love of God, and that’s why so may people are searching for it.

Tell us about your song “Verdades do tempo” (Truths of Time). What is the truth that you wanted to convey in this song?

There are three truths we cannot forget: The past never comes back to us, we don’t have the future, and today is not over. So we need love, we need to hug, to talk, to listen, to forgive, to start over, until you don’t have any more time to do so.

You are so young. What is it like to devote yourself entirely to evangelization? How do you balance life, career, family, and being a young person?

This dedication that drives me is so special that every I day I am even happier and more fulfilled than the last. It has never been a weight, only a dream come true. Life goes together with my career; they complete one another. My family supports me a lot, and the baby too is a gift from God!

Last question: We are in the Year of Mercy that Pope Francis proclaimed. Your song “Minha Essência” (My Essence) is one of many hymns to the mercy of God composed by Catholic artists around the world. How does it feel to be this mercy spokesman in a year so important for the Church, helping the Holy Father in this mission of spreading love and forgiveness?

I’ll answer by explaining the source of this song. Many people ask why I wrote it, what inspired me. If there is a pointed truth in this song, it’s that I am a sinner; I have committed many errors, failures, miseries. I am part of the Gospel of Luke 7:36. I join the imperfect. Being a young leader in my country, even though I am flawed, I am letting God use me. Mercy is from Him to us! It is enough for us to just receive a small fraction of His love, and even though it can be hard to accept such tenderness, we can just sit with our Lord and enjoy his tender love. Let yourself be loved!

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