12 Nov “We Do Not Feel Worthy”
The Astounding Success of De Montfort Music
Each and every new release of their fledgling music company is up for a Grammy Award.
As veterans of global entertainment companies SONY and DreamWorks SKG, Kevin and Monica Fitzgibbons have big-time entertainment business experience- and it shows. But that's not what's behind the phenomenal success of upstart De Montfort Music, they say.
So, why would two executives who learned from the best minds in the secular music world start a Catholic music company?
Monica Fitzgibbons sat down with Regina Magazine to tell their amazing story.
Q. Do you see evidence that people are drawn to sacred chant and traditional Orders? If so, why do you think this is?
Yes!! All of our releases on De Montfort have shot to the top of the Classical Charts in Billboard! They are up for Grammys!
On the most basic level, people are hungry for the peace and contemplative moments that are inspired by this art.
The fact that the music came from the Catholic Church originally and from religious, it is interesting to follow that “model,” so to speak. The music has been covered in all kinds of press outlets, from the faith-based to the mass media.
There is no “typical” demographic other than to say the feedback we’ve received overwhelmingly points to the fact that on the most basic level, people are hungry for peace and contemplative moments that are inspired by this art.
It also indicates that beauty reaches hearts in a special way, which provokes a response! This would be the work of something much greater than our company. More often than not the experience for us is almost that of being in the passenger's seat and marveling at what these religious and the Holy Trinity can do together.
To see this success is to be in awe of Our Creator.
More often than not the experience for us is almost that of being in the passenger's seat and marveling at what these religious and the Holy Trinity can do together. To see this success is to be in awe of Our Creator.
Q. What made you start De Montfort Music?
We started De Montfort Music as a way to try to give to art and culture the True and the Beautiful — and to share its roots from the ancient to the present day. We felt there was art that we wanted represented in today's “conversation” that we felt passionate had an important role in the arts, as it had throughout the ages.
One of the models that was always interesting in our pasts in mainstream entertainment, so to speak, is that we would always try to not only put out the new art but also to trace the influences of the contemporary artist thereby leading to the discovery of more obscure historical content and we would typically try to connect those dots.
We started De Montfort Music as a way to try to give to art and culture the True and the Beautiful — and to share its roots.
Q. What has been your biggest challenge?
Trying to keep up with these incredible religious and their abilities!! But this has been a good problem to have!
One of the things that has been fun and interesting with De Montfort Music is that we created it solely for Religious Orders, for them to release their music and know that we would create a space for them to do so.
All of our releases on De Montfort have shot to the top of the Classical Charts in Billboard! They are up for Grammys!
Q. What has been your greatest joy?
Discovering much of this music personally, but also bringing to the world original material created by these beautiful Religious Orders.
Some of the most talented people in our world today have given their entire lives and identities over to God's will in their vocation. To see what He can do with these lives is extremely moving. To then document and record these communities and their art is Heavenly.
We do not feel worthy. It's a totally new feeling — different from than anything we ever experienced in our previous careers.
Q. Where can people find this music?
The website link for De Montfort Music is http://www.demontfortmusic.com