Chart-topping nuns to release new album

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Wednesday 05, February 2014 | Category:   Consecrated Life
If their track-record continues, the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Gower, Missouri may end up with another No. 1 album when their third recording, Lent at Ephesus, is released Feb. 11.

Their previous albums, Angels and Saints at Ephesus and Advent at Ephesus, spent a total of 19 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Classical Traditional Music chart. In addition, the community of contemplative sisters was named Billboard’s Classical Traditional Artist 2012 and 2013; they're the first order of nuns ever to win an award in the history of the magazine. Last year Angels and Saints also reached No. 8 on the Overall Classical Music Chart, fending off competition from Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album and Downton Abbey: The Essential Collection.

Lent at Ephesus is a seasonal compilation of chants and hymns of glory and redemption, including three original pieces. The album was produced by Grammy Award-winning classical producer Blanton Alspaugh, who said of his experience recording the sisters: “Their singing has a very pure and yet sophisticated style. It certainly earns its place in the international arena of classical music. Their talent is as remarkable as their sense of charity. To record them at their priory was one of the highlights of my career.”
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