Fan favorites from around the world on the feast of St. Cecilia
It was two years ago today that Aleteia’s Cecilia Music began our unprecedented mission to promote international Catholic recording artists and music that is good, true, and beautiful. Today, on the feast day of our namesake St. Cecilia, we are celebrating the 2nd edition of the CECILIA CATHOLIC MUSIC AWARDS.
2016 and 2017 have been strong years for Catholic music. Artists all over the world have been producing wonderful tracks that revel in the faith and explore the Catholic experience. Their languages and musical styles may vary, but their drive to create beautiful melodies and devise lyrics that inspire the soul is the same.
We are now presenting our readers with the best-of-the-best Catholic musical acts, in no particular order, from all over the world. Here are the artists who have been most appreciated by readers from all 7 Aleteia editions.
Be sure to make your way to the end of our TOP 30 to discover what your favorite artists have “won” from Cecilia Music.
TOP 30 CATHOLIC ARTISTS OF 2017
Matt Maher – Canada
Matt Maher is one of the biggest names in Catholic music. A prolific writer, Maher has released six albums in the last nine years and received five Grammy Award nominations. “Your Love Defends Me” was released on his 2017 album, Echoes, and co-written with Hanna Kerr.
Audrey Assad – USA
Audrey’s music resonates with so many because of her raw openness and honesty in everything she is facing: doubt, fear, depression. She often tells her audience that she writes her songs to preach to herself, knowing she needs it the most. “Deliverer” is the first single from her upcoming album, Evergreen, set to release February 23, 2018.
Renewal in Motion (RIM) – USA
The Fransican Friars of the Renewal started Renewal in Motion and began producing some of the nicest Catholic music you can find. Despite their vow of poverty they have been able to produce their media with the most cutting-edge technology available, thanks to the generosity of Spirit Juice studios, who produce their works. This video features Father Tansi on lead vocals, and was shot in one take.
Les Guetteurs – France
Les Guetteurs (The Watchers) are a French based Reggae band which incorporates themes of Catholic mysticism in their music. They draw inspiration from Bob Marley, Grounding, and Steel Pulse. In November they released their second full length album titled, Tattooed. As they say on their Facebook page they just want “to bring the message of the faith.” The lead singer is just 22 years-old.
Siervas – Peru
The group Siervas is now comprised of 11 nuns from Argentina, China, the Philippines, Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and Japan. They came to the community responding to God’s call to serve their brothers and sisters, especially those who suffer the most, those who are most fragile, the sick, the poor, and the needy.