Vibrant New CD From Santiago Fernandez

Santiago Fernandez's second album is lighting up the world of contemporary Catholic music. Released on the label, Un Canto Nuevo (A New Song) combines Latin rhythms and Spanish lyrics.

"As always, my inspiration continues to be writing music for the worshiping assembly, " says Fernandez, who has three Unity Awards and one World Youth Day on his resume already. "My songs are for God and the Church and my biggest joy and reward is to hear the people of God singing them."

Of the 12 original songs, seven have Scripture-based texts. Intended for use by assemblies and contemporary ensembles, the songs feature accessible, singable melodies and refrains. Prominent themes include evangelization, thanksgiving, trust and comfort, Christian life and hope.

International in flavor, the album includes a number of well-known Latin rhythms: the complex, Flamenco-style rhumba, Colombia's famous cumbia, the Cuban bolero, and the lively and joyful merengue, with origins in the Dominican Republic.

There is great variety in the collection, from contemporary Psalm settings to ritual music for funerals, from great songs for youth ministry to energetic Gospel acclamation. Santiago's versatility is on full display throughout the CD.

Un Canto Nuevo promises to bless and delight anyone who worships with contemporary Spanish music.

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