Gerry Dignan has been moving audiences with his heartful, spirit-filled voice for many years. His passion for songs and music from around the world have deeply influenced his musical character, vision and form. He has been referred to as a mix of John Denver, Andrea Bocelli, and Kenny Loggins.
The greatest joy Gerry receives from singing is bringing people to their own deeper life. He believes that songs serve as a bridge between the everyday lives we live and the Depths that gives us life every day. When we connect with that deep Center, we connect with compassion and joy, peace and hope and the world holds more promise for us all.
Gerry is dedicated to both personal and community transformation through song. He sees singing as a force for the re-enchantment of our world, bringing back to people of all ages, a sense of wonder and awe in the face of the mystery of life.
Gerry and his wife, Denise, have been on the staff of the Jean Houston Mystery School for eight years. They lead the participants in community song and international dance to further the evocative and transformative work of Mystery School under the direction of world renowned teacher and social artist, Dr. Jean Houston.
Gerry has worked and recorded with Grammy nominated cellist, David Darling, and has contributed to the work of the Music for People organization (David Darling, Co-founder) which is dedicated to Self-Expression through Improvisational Music.
Gerry has recorded with the internationally recognized family music program, Music Together, which is based in Princeton, NJ.(Ken Guilmartin, Co-founder) Gerry appears as "Uncle Gerry" on the Music Together song collections.
Gerry was also a member of the world class Chicago Symphony Chorus for seven years and traveled with the chorus to perform at the Concerthalle in Berlin, Germany, as well as in New York City at Carnegie Hall.
Gerry has worked extensively at seminars, conferences and retreats, providing musical experiences in song and dance, as a part of the work of deepening inner life, facilitating personal growth and strengthening community life. Gerry and his wife, Denise, facilitate a Healing Song group and a Reflection Group "Begin Within" twice a month in Oak Park, IL.
Gerry's love for his own family heritage also runs deep and shows itself in his monthly performances at McNamara's Irish restaurant in Chicago where he sings traditional Irish songs.
Gerry has had the profound honor and joy of being a member of the historic Holy Family community and has performed as a soloist with the Holy Family Gospel Choir for over 20 years, under the direction of Chicago's legendary Professor Samuel Parker.
"Harvest of Life - Songs of Hope & Celebration" is Gerry's first professional recording project. The feedback on the CD has been very rewarding and means so much to both Gerry and Denise, who worked together from start to finish on the making of this musical project.
The largest desire and purpose of "Harvest of Life" is that it might provide music of hope, celebration and sustenance for all who listen. It is profoundly gratifying to Gerry and Denise that people have found it to be a comfort and companion in the challenging times of their lives. It is their hope that the music will accompany you on your deeper journey, and will help to anchor and support you during that time, to help you to return to the feeling of Life's ever-present gifting of itself to us with Love and Celebration!
GERRY AND DENISE ARE SETTING UP CONCERTS - musical events that lift the spirit and soothe the soul and are a lot of fun! If you are interested in having Gerry appear in your area and deepen the spirit of joy and peace in your community, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's all about Contemplation and Celebration through Song!