John Michael Talbot will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Community.
Talbot has recorded 53 albums and composed many of the hymns sung in Cathol churches today. He is the author of 24 books, a retreat master and inspriational speaker.
He is also founder and general minister of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity at Little Portion Hermitage, the only community in North America with canonical status from the Catholic Church.
At age 18 in the 1970s, Talbot was performing across the U.S. with the rock group Mason Profitt. One night, standing on an empty stage after a performance, Talbot saw the endless litter of bottles, beer cans and drug paraphernalia on the arena floor. “Suddenly the rock star life seemed empty and sad,” he recalls.
Talbot left Mason Proffit and began a spiritual journey. He studied all Christian denominations and found that Catholicism spoke to his heart. He started to use his musical talent to express his faith.
In 1982 he won the Dove Award for Worship Album of the Year. In 1986 he became one of only nine artists to receive the President’s Merit Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and in 1988 he was named the No. 1 Christian Artist by Billboard magazine.
The concert is free and open to the public, but an offering is requested.