Catholic Culture Podcasts
Catholic Culture Podcasts

118—Music for the Joyful Mysteries—Mark Christopher Brandt

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 22, 2021 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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Mark Christopher Brandt returns to the show to discuss his latest album, Joy, which is based on the structure of the Rosary. It features the family choir of Mark and his three daughters, accompanied by Mark on piano.

Mark began composing this music in the mid-1990s, not knowing who would sing it, when only his first daughter had been born. On the eve of the new millenium, he decided to take a hiatus from his career as a jazz pianist in order to focus on his family and his spiritual life. In 2021, by the most marvelous and unexpected Providence, Mark’s selfless fidelity to God and family has been rewarded a hundredfold in making an album with his children!

In addition to the album itself (pieces of which you will hear in the episode), topics discussed include:

  • Why artists should give credit to God for inspiration
  • How Mark taught his daughters to be discerning about music
  • Using music to reverence the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
  • A spiritual perspective on “artist’s block”


Buy Joy on CD (with free book of rosary meditations) and learn more about Mark

Buy Joy on Qobuz (CD-quality digital purchase)

Buy Joy on Amazon Music

Buy Joy on Apple Music

Thomas and Mark talk about working together on his album The Butterfly

Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus. Download the Catholic Culture Podcast soundtrack.

Thomas V. Mirus is Director of Podcasts for, hosts The Catholic Culture Podcast, and co-hosts Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast. See full bio.

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