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Brisbane entertainer sees God’s hand in his good fortune

Fortunata Isgro

HIS name literally means “fortunate” and 35 year-old entertainer Fortunato Isgro sees himself as exactly that. In reality however, Brisbane-based Fortunato can’t actually “see” himself with the same type of 20-20-vision that most take for granted. Fortunato was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, or RP, a rare condition where the eye’s normal retina function is compromised, deteriorates and sometimes causes blindness. ... Read More »

Australia’s saint turned Margaret Hatzis’ grief into joy with music

Margaret Hatzis

PRIMARY school teacher Margaret Hatzis had one of those “aha moments” while standing next to Mary MacKillop’s tomb in North Sydney. It was 2008 and as she was surrounded only by candlelight, Margaret looked at the holy tomb and realised her entire life – literally from the moment she was born – had been shaped by the then soon-to-be saint. ... Read More »

Cathedral’s first organ scholar pulling all stops to entice young musicians

Rachael Shipard

IT might be rare to see a young person behind the organ at Mass but for Rachael Shipard it’s the rightful place for a Catholic musician. The 21-year-old classically-trained pianist is the first organ scholar to be appointed to St Stephen’s Cathedral, under the Ralph Morton Memorial Organ Scholarship, launched earlier this year. It’s a new direction for the award-winning ... Read More »

Hear the new noise from emmanuelworship

emmanuelworship in the studio

CALLING a new album noise would be offensive to most musicians but not for the worship leaders in Brisbane’s emmanuelworship. For months the team have worked on a new album to recreate the “mighty noise from heaven” that the disciples heard on Pentecost 2000 years ago. That heavenly noise has been captured in Ventus (Noise from Heaven), emmanuelworship’s latest live ... Read More »

Emmaus College student inspired to pursue music career despite losing knockout round on The Voice

Ruby Jo on The Voice

SOULFUL singer and Emmaus College student Ruby Jo has described her time on television series The Voice as a “blessed” experience. The 15-year-old Chambers Flat musician performed Scars to Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara, gaining a place on United Kingdom singer Seal’s team. She appeared in the subsequent knockout round on May 23 which marked the end of her journey ... Read More »

Singing from the heart: Music is Julie McCoy’s prayer of pure joy

Julie McCoy

JULIE McCoy is the kind of Christian Pope Francis would be cheering for. In his document, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), he said Christians must be people of joy and not “look like someone who has just come back from a funeral” if they’re ever going to draw others to the Gospel. Julie is definitely one of the ... Read More »

Music, Mary and Metallica: Emma Fradd’s stairway to heaven

THERE were two things that changed Emma Fradd’s life. The first was the Gibson Flying V guitar James Hetfield of the heavy metal band Metallica strummed in the ’90s. Or more specifically, it was seeing her older brother hold a replica of the Mighty Het’s prized possession as a teenager.  “Little skinny white boy with a big axe guitar,” she ... Read More »

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