Pope Benedict XVI will be heard singing and speaking on an album to be released on the record label that was home to Nirvana and Guns N' Roses.
The pontiff is to release Alma Mater, an album of Lauretan litanies and prayers with musical accompaniment, through Geffen Records.
The label said listeners would be "shocked" by his "incredible voice".
The album, which features the Pope using five different languages, will be released on 30 November.
The project came about after the label learned earlier this year that Benedict XVI had been working on an album with the Choir of the Philharmonic Academy of Rome.
'Very happy'Colin Barlow, president of Geffen UK, explained: "We travelled to Rome, heard some of the music and realised it was a beautiful piece of music and something that actually could be an incredible record for us to work on.
"It's very much about delivering a really brilliant piece of music and making sure we treat it with the respect it deserves."
The album will contain eight pieces of music, one featuring Pope Benedict singing and the others providing accompaniment to his recitals of passages and prayers.
But Pope Benedict did not go into the studio - the Vatican supplied recordings of his vocals made at official services and also from speeches he made on his foreign trips.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Pope Singing on New Album
Very Interesting indeed.