You likely saw Kevin and Monica Fitzgibbons’ faces around town over the last several years. While Kevin was a student at Ave Maria School of Law their family spent a good deal of time each week in Ave Maria town. They moved with their five children to the Midwest last year, but recently decided to return to this area because they really enjoy being part of the Ave Maria community.
Prior to their law school adventure, they were both executives in the Hollywood recording industry. When they departed from those careers, they decided to found two new labels. This is how their recent press release puts it:
AimHigher Recordings is the sister label of DeMontfort Music, which launched immensely successful chart-topping recordings over the past two years and which is dedicated solely to religious orders. The overall mission of AimHigher Recordings is to sign, develop and bring to market the very best in eclectic music inspiring the True and the Beautiful. AimHigher Recordings and DeMontfort Music are both recording labels under the larger umbrella of AimHigher Entertainment. Seeking to hone their backgrounds for a higher purpose, AimHigher Entertainment was founded by Kevin and Monica Fitzgibbons after decades-long executive careers with SONY Music and DreamWorks, SKG. Both labels are distributed worldwide by Decca/Universal Classics.
Right out of the box the Fitzgibbons’ DeMontfort Music label, which is exclusively for the music of Religious communities, had three “number one” CDs on the Classical charts for the Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles and the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist. Now their AimHigher Recordings label will be producing its debut album.
This project will also be the debut recording for the Saint Paul’s Choir School at Saint Paul Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts. To commemorate the school’s 50th anniversary and as part of the New Evangelization, the boys of St. Paul’s Choir School of St. Paul’s, Harvard Square, signed the recording deal. It will be a Christmas album that will be released in early October 2014.
The school is under the watchful eye of Fr. Michael Drea (also head of the Harvard Catholic Center) who recruited music director John Robinson, who hails from the U.K. and previously worked in a number of English Choir School appointments, including Canterbury Cathedral and St. John’s College in Cambridge. While serving in his current position, Robinson converted to the Catholic faith.
The album was recorded during the week of May 7-9, 2014, which was the height of the Harvard “black mass” scandal. A state of the art mobile recording studio was built at St. Paul’s. The boys choir sang at the recent Adoration and Benediction service that was held at St. Paul’s in Harvard Square, as an act of reparation for the scandal.