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10 October 2012, 11:57 | Updated: 16 October 2013, 14:31
Friar Alessandro Brustenghi talks to Classic FM's Anne-Marie Minhall in a revealing interview about his youth and his journey towards music
The headline-grabbing story of the monk who signed a major-label record deal couldn't be further from the truth - Friar Alessandro's real story is one of a pure love of singing. Classic FM travels to Italy to meet the monk at his monasterial home and get to the bottom of what it's like to be a practising Franciscan Friar and a recording artist.
As he tells Classic FM's Anne-Marie Minhall, his desire to make music was evident early-on in his life: "Music was the most important, the most beautiful passion I had in my life."
In this revealing and in-depth interview, Friar Alessandro tells us about his early life, his music, his love of Michael Jackson and how he became a recording artist.
Friar Alessandro's album The Voice From Assisi is Classic FM's Album of the Week - listen to John Suchet every morning this week to hear a track from it.