Co-founder of De Montfort Music
It’s easy for Our Sunday Visitor to sing the praises of Monica Fitzgibbons. The record label De Montfort Music, founded by herself and her husband, Kevin, made Billboard history in 2013 with best-selling albums “Angels and Saints at Ephesus” and “Advent at Ephesus.”
“[We] were in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles,” said Fitzgibbons. “We’ve worked with some of the biggest names in pop-rock music today, in mainstream music.”
But after a period of time, the couple felt their work and faith life were not in sync. “The content of it started getting worse and worse, and we just didn’t feel good about promoting some of the music and films that we were involved in,” she said of their decision to start their own company, Aim Higher Entertainment, in 2007. De Montfort Music, a division of Aim Higher Entertainment, releases sacred music performed by religious orders. When the couple heard a simple recording by Missouri-based Benedictine nuns, they traveled to listen personally to the seraphic melodies. Thus the two albums were born.
The contemplative Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, were named Billboard magazine’s Classical Traditional Artist in 2012 and 2013. It’s the first order of nuns to ever win an award from the publication, besting popular classical music artists to secure the award. “Angels and Saints,” released last May, hit No. 1 on Amazon’s top 100 list for all music in July, besting albums from Kanye and Daft Punk, and then spent 13 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical Traditional Music chart. “Advent at Ephesus” sat six consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the same chart.
Mariann Hughes writes from Maryland.