Faith With An Attitude
As Catholic parents, we're always on the lookout for ways to
enrich our family lives, and one of these avenues to enrichment is good
quality music. Frequently, our idea of "quality" doesn't coalesce with
our kids concept of what's cool. Well, this featured spotlight artist
is the answer to a Catholic Mom's prayers! Jeannie Pomanowski's music is the
perfect blend of fun and energetic beats combined with worshipful lyrics.
Jeannie's music ministry may be primarily focused on youth, but Catholic
Moms will love her work as well. This is one CD you can pop in the car
stereo and enjoy with your kids. I am so happy to share the music of
Jeannie Pomanowki, and thank her for taking the time to participate in the
following interview. Be sure to visit Jeannie's website at
support her great music ministry through the purchase of a CD...your family
will thank you!
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Can you please tell us more about yourself and your faith journey?
JP: Although I am a
Christian singer/songwriter I consider my first and foremost ministry that
of a Catholic school teacher. At present I teach at St. Leo the Great
School in Lincroft, New Jersey. Prior to teaching middle school I taught
second grade for several years.
I guess you could say that my faith journey began when I
became a Secular Franciscan, it was then that I consciously decided to live
out my life as a follower of Jesus Christ. Four years ago I became actively
involved in music ministry and at the same time took the position of middle
school religion teacher. I feel my teaching and music ministry are so very
much a part of my faith journey, they complement one another so
beautifully. God has truly blessed me because I love what I am doing.
CM: How did you come to record Catholic
music? Tell us a little more about your musical background and your
JP: It was only after I began teaching
middle school students that I became aware of the need for good music that
has a lyrical content which is positive in nature. If the music is good the
youth will listen to the message. I began writing and recording pop/rock
music that has faith-building lyrics, music that the students could pop in
their CD player and listen or dance to.
My musical background consists of playing drums in an all girl band when I
was a teen to presently writing and performing on guitar with a little bit
of piano thrown in every now and then. The inspiration for my music comes
from scripture, everyday experiences, and relationships, especially the ones
I have with my students. They are my greatest critics, helping me to create
music that is suited to their discerning ears.
CM: Your blend of music has a special
appeal for youth. Why is this audience so important to you?
JP: My teaching and my music ministry
share a common thread- youth, and they are the future of our church. I can't
think of a more regarding life, one that is focused on encouraging our young
people to live the Gospel message.
CM: What can Catholic parents do to
help their teens make good musical choices?
JP: There is an abundance of great
Christian music in every genre imaginable that is currently available.
Catholic parents should listen to what their teens are buying. Perhaps they
could encourage their teens to listen to music with a positive message by
introducing them to Christian artists whose musical style reflects that of
their child's taste. As I already pointed out, there is every kind of
Christian music available, from pop/rock, to hip-hop, to rap.
CM: Who are some of your favorite
JP: Among the Christian artists I like:
Point of Grace, Jaci Velasquez, DCtalk. Popular artists that I listen to
are: U2 and Michelle Branch.
CM: Can you let us know about your goals
for the future and what you would like to accomplish with your music?
JP: My future goals would include an
increase in my touring schedule. I truly enjoy performing at Catholic
Schools and events such as the National Catholic Youth Conference. I am also
presently working on my second CD.
One of the things I would like to accomplish with my music is to bring our
youth closer to Jesus. Music speaks the language that young people will
listen to and I would hope that my music enriches their faith journey.
CM: Are there any additional thoughts or
comments you'd like to share with our CatholicMom.com readers?
JP: I would like to
encourage our CatholicMom.com readers to support Catholic artists. Please
visit the Catholic Association of Musicians website
wonderful resource for Catholic music.
Those who would like to hear soundclips of my music, read my bio, check out
my concert schedule, or browse through a selection of photos, or even order
my CD, "Faith With An Attitude," can visit my website,