LH: It's a great pleasure to be able
to share the following Catholic Music Spotlight with Trish Foti Genco.
Trish, congratulations on your beautiful music and the CD Inspired. Would
you please tell our readers a bit about yourself?
TFG: I am the proud Mom of a 14 year old girl and 7 year old boy. I am a New
Orleans native and music director at St. Clement of Rome Catholic School.
(You can read more about Trish at her web site, www.tfotigenco.com)
LH: Trish, your CD
"Inspired" really lives up to its
title! How did you select the songs for the CD? Do you have a favorite song
on the CD?
"Inspired" was really a project that evolved on its own. We titled it
"Inspired" because I felt so called to record the songs that people in the
area had been asking for. We actually didn't start out to do this at all. We
really began by just record some things for utilitarian reasons...The
response was amazing. I seemed to bless the listener, as well as the
musicians involved. Truly I feel it was something that God was asking me to
My favorite song is probably "El Shaddai". My own faith grew so my when I
was a teen with that song. I think for me it sums up the awesome power of
our faith. I calls me to surrender to God. I truly moves each each time we
perform it. To me this ministry is about "shared prayer". I feel blessed to
be God's instrument to pray with the listener.
"Inspired", you're accompanied by your good
friend Dreux Montegut, who plays so beautifully. Tell us about Dreux and
your artistic partnership.
TFG: Dreux and I met when I was in high school. He was actually a student at
Loyola University and was my first accompanist. We have been friends for 25
years. He does play beautifully, but most importantly he is a very spiritual
player and person. We understand each other so well, it is a gift. We are
like brother and sister and it is always easy and a blessing to make music
together. We laugh because often in concert we will be so "into" the music,
one of both of us will go into "la la Land". Somehow we find each other.
That kind of a musical partnership and trust is a treasure.
LH: How did you come to the decision to record
Catholic music? How has your faith impacted upon your musical career?
TFG: Catholic Music has always been central to my life. I grew up literally
singing and playing on the Catholic Church. I started playing guitar and
singing when I was just a pre-teen. I feel that my music certain feeds my
own spiritual life, as well as my listener. I pray with music in private and
in public. I am blessed to have this gift to share.
As a Mom and teacher I try to use my music not only to pray for my kids and
students, but to use it as a teaching tool. It is our responsibility to share
our heritage, traditions, and faith with our youth. How wonderful it is when
a song teaches scripture and echoes back into our hearts in times of
LH: Who are some of your favorite musicians and
musical influences, Catholic and non-Catholic?
TFG: I have a pretty wide range of musical taste. I was fortunate to have
wonderful classical training. I really love the music of Samuel Barber and
Bach. I adore the work of Julie Andrews and Renee Fleming. Contemporary
Christian music of all kinds have so profoundly affected my own spiritual
growth. I really like the music of John Michael Talbot, Amy Grant, and Susan
Ashton. I love honestly and simplicity in delivery in song delivery. I think
it propels us to God.
LH: I know that you have an upcoming project in the
works? Please share some information about the new CD you have coming out
TFG: Our new project is "In the Stillness...Lovesongs and Lullabies" It is
due out in early November. As a busy working Mom of a 14 year old and 7
year old, I know how difficult it is to find time for prayer. I also feel so
strongly that we need to pray with our children and teach them to pray. I
thought if I created a meditative prayerful project that parents AND their
children would like...it would help create some quiet in out busy lives.
not your typical lullabies...more like a family devotional for quiet times.
We need to seek out that time to be still so that God can speak to our
LH: Trish Foti Genco, it's a joy to share your
beautiful talent of song with our readers. Are there any closing thoughts or
ideas you'd like to share?
TFG: My sincere thanks for allowing me to share my music and prayer with you
and your listeners. May we all seek and find God's peace and love.