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This interview originally ran in the National
Catholic Register and is reprinted with their permission.
Davis is no typical sixteen year old Catholic high school student. While
most of her peers have been concerned with learning to drive and hanging out
with friends, Angelina spent the past fifteen months making news on the ever
growing Catholic music scene. Shortly after earning a 2003 Unity award for
"Spoken Word Album of the Year", ("The Chaplet of Divine Mercy") Angelina
was the sole American invited to sing at the Vatican blessing of the outdoor
Nativity at St. Peter's Square on Christmas Eve.
This year, Angelina has been even busier, releasing three new music
"Songs of the Faithful," released in February, is a set of inspirational
songs about faith and the faithful, such as St. Joseph, St. Francis of
Assisi, St. Faustina, St. Pio, St. Patrick and a special tribute to Mother
Teresa of Calcutta.
Child Within," released in June, is a special collection of
inspirational songs and lullabies to bring out the childlike spirit in all
of us. These songs, Angelina says, "encompass the innocence of childlike
spirituality, love of God and life and creative imagination."
"The Faithful," released Oct. 15, represents a first in the Catholic music
industry: the use of music with video as a means of evangelization. Angelina
traveled to Ireland, Italy and Poland to visit some places important to her
faith, "Faithful" puts the pilgrimage to song. It includes 11 music videos
that will encourage and inspire others to pursue a deeper life of prayer and
bring us closer to Christ. It has been nominated for a 2004 Unity Award in
the Music Video/DVD Category.
had the opportunity to catch up with Angelina, a boarding student at the
Mississippi School of the Arts, on a recent weekend visit to her home in
Q: Angelina, life has been pretty exciting for you in the past year!
Thanks for taking time to update our readers about your recent and exciting
news. Could you start off by sharing just a little bit with our readers
about how your singing career began?
Angelina: Well - I have been singing since I could talk. Professionally -
since I was nine or so. It all started with a simple request from my
grandfather, who had been diagnosed with lung cancer at the time. At his
request I began to learn the "Ave Maria." That was a very big request for a
nine year-old but I sang it for him six months later on Christmas night. He
died two days later and that was the last song he heard. A month later, my
mom and I decided to start work on the recording of the Rosary.
Q: First off, congratulations on your 2003 Unity Award on your 2004
nomination in the Music Video/DVD category! I know that you were selected to
sing at St. Peter's Square for Christmas Eve last year. Please tell us about
Angelina: I had been to the Vatican earlier in the year, so I was familiar
with the area. The square is beautiful. The nativity was set up larger than
life, and the Pope gave the blessing from his window right before I sang "Do
You Hear What I Hear?" It was so cold outside I had to wear my jeans
underneath my dress. The most important part was going to midnight mass in
the Basilica - it was so awesome. My whole family was teary eyed when the
Pope passed by at the processional. It was a beautiful and blessed time to
spend with my family. My mother was born on Christmas day, so that was extra
Q: It's been a busy year for you with the release of two new CDs, "The
Child Within" and "Songs of the Faithful." What inspired these projects?
What are some of your favorite songs to sing from these two CDs?
Angelina: "Songs of the Faithful" are the songs from the DVD "The Faithful"
- all coinciding with Saints and encouragement for us to live as examples
like the saints did and to follow God's will. "The Child Within" is a
'children of all ages' CD. It has a few children's songs on it -- but anyone
can listen to it. We came up with the idea after I had performed at a
Catholic family conference in Kansas, I did a few children's songs and was
later asked "what CD the songs were on," and I responded with 'well none
yet!' So, it seemed like a great idea to come out with a "children's" CD.
My favorite songs to sing off "The Child Within" are - Baby Mine and
Breathe. The "Songs of the Faithful" has my favorite Rich Mullins song of
all time: "Jesus".
Q: Your evangelistic music video, "The Faithful" is due to be released
October 15. Tell us about the process of putting the video together. What
were some of the highlights of your travels? What are your hopes for this
Angelina: The video/DVD was so difficult to make. I knew it would take work
-- but it took a LOT of work. Twelve to 14 hour days, I had to walk up so
many stairs -- and sit in one position for so long -- and retake me singing
the choruses of the songs over and over. It started to become redundant --
but the finished product really shows how worth it was to do all that work.
It's a beautiful piece that I can be very proud of. I told my mom that I
really feel I grew so much spiritually during all this filming. I hope this
project reaches more people than I can imagine -- this video will take
people on a mini pilgrimage through prayer and song. They are going to see
the places where great people like St. Faustina, St. Francis and my favorite
Saint Pio (who will be my confirmation Saint) lived out their humble lives.
There are many videos and shows that already do this but not like what we
have done. I think children and adults will view this and come out with a
deeper sense of their faith and hopefully want change something in their
Q: With your incredible talent and all that you've accomplished in your
career at such a young age, it's easy for "grown ups" like me to forget that
you're only 16 years old! I've heard that you're now studying full time at
the Mississippi School of the Arts. How has the transition to a new school
been for you? Is there any challenge as a teenager to remaining committed to
your Catholic faith and religious practices?
Angelina: I love my new school -- everyone there is so committed to their
discipline -- whether it be Visual [painting], Drama, or Vocal. I love how
everyone is accepted in that type of nurturing atmosphere. I think that's
why it's actually very easy to keep my faith alive -- because no one looks
down on me for being Catholic in a very Protestant area. It's a very
open-minded school where everyone is accepted, and not shunned in anyway.
Sometimes it can be difficult in a Public school system in the South. I did
go to Catholic school up until seventh grade -- but I did needed the music
program for college. I found that changing to public school actually made me
more in-depth in my faith -- because instead of being told what to learn I
had to ask my own questions -- and learn what people around me were asking
about Catholics. My mom says I am a little more independent than most teens
-- but changing around has definitely helped me. My mom also sends me
interesting facts and articles on our faith through e-mail which helps and I
do research on my own on the internet. Now at the Mississippi School of the
Arts I am in a college atmosphere to give me a taste of what college is
going to be like. It is a very small scale version of college -- but I truly
Q: Can you share with us some additional information about your upcoming
project "The Littlest Gargoyle?" Is there anything else on the horizon that
you'd like to share with our readers?
Angelina: The Littlest Gargoyle was actually a play I performed at the age
of ten. Earlier this year the playwright [a local writer by the name Tonya
Hayes] mentioned turning the play into a story book. My mom remembered about
how many times our family, listened to books on tape or CD on road trips.
The two came together and the book was written. It's a great story about a
young nun in medieval France wanting to help Notre Dame during the process
of it being built. Her heart is surrounded with doubt and fear of the
unknown. She is led on a journey that finds her in some very difficult
situations but through perseverance and her deep love for God and Blessed
Mother she begins a deeper understanding of His plan for her. This story
will be a wonderful tool to introduce the idea of religious vocations. As
for new projects, my mom and I are flirting around with ideas at the moment
-- we don't know what type of CD we would like to do just yet. My main focus
would be to finish "The Littlest Gargoyle” book on tape and be busy
promoting the DVD, "The Faithful" which is a very new product in the
Catholic world. I am extremely happy to be a part of all this and just want
to continue to share my gift with people. God bless!
For more information about Angelina and her Catholic music career, visit
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