Kevin and Monica Fitzgibbons left lucrative positions in the entertainment industry to found a company that helps unique new artists â€“ and their De Montfort Music label will soon release an album by contemplative Benedictine nuns.
â€œWe want to be able to bring these beautiful hymns across the ages, and chant and polyphony, and the Benedictines of Mary are extremely talented,â€ Monica Fitzgibbons told CNA Oct. 25.
â€œWhen we heard their music, we knew that there was something really special going on there musically that would fit in with our mission for the label.â€
Monica and Kevin met through the entertainment industry, where Kevin worked at Columbia and Sony and she was part of DreamWorks. Both grew up as Catholics, but during their careers they experienced a kind of conversion or â€œcompletionâ€ of their faith.
â€œAfter we got married and started to have kids, we both realized…how do we reconcile this and what our identity is going to be as married people with these children?â€ Monica said.
She credited God for this interior transformation, who she said worked through both religious and laity to encourage them in the deepening of their faith.
With â€œtruth in charity, those little seeds were planted and it helped us realize that we did want to be part of music and entertainment and film, and to help bring that out in the world.â€
She said that in the entertainment industry, â€œevery now and then there would be something that was new, and it would always have a deeper, spiritual underpinning to it.â€
From that basis, the Fitzgibbons founded Aim Higher Media in 2007, to â€œhelp encourage artists to listen to that inner voice.â€
Out of that grew De Montfort Music in 2012.
â€œWe really wanted to have something…that could be for religious communities to put their music out where it would be a nice, purer place for just that genreâ€ of sacred music, Monica said.
â€œWe could be the bridge between the global entertainment industry, so their music could get out but that the world would not be getting in.â€ [More]