Pope Francis is adding “rock star” to his resume. As reported by Rolling Stone, the religious leader is partnering with European-based label Believe Digital to release a prog-rock-infused album called “Wake Up!” on November 27.
The album will have 11 tracks featuring excerpts from some of the pope’s most moving speeches in multiple languages, along with original music composed by Don Giulio Neroni and Tony Pagliuca of the prog-rock band Le Orme.
“For many years, I’ve been the producer and the artistic director of albums by the Pope,” Don Giulio Neroni told Rolling Stone of Pope Francis’ project. “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.”
“Wake Up!” is available for pre-order on iTunes and some proceeds from the album will go towards “a support fund for refugees.” The record’s first single, titled “Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!”, was premiered by Roling Stone.