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Trish Foti Genco



Click here to view Trish's CD at Catholic Music NetworkLH: 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,

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 do.

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.

LH: On
"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 need.

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 soon.

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 would help create some quiet in out busy lives. It's 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 hearts.

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.


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