Catholic United Financial is partnering with Catholic musicians to spread the message of music, worship and unity during June 2020.
Every Tuesday in June, Catholic United will livestream a concert by a Catholic musician/band that is free for all to view. During these concerts, you will be invited to learn about and donate to a charity selected by the artists.
Your virtual ticket is FREE for all performances. Each musician/band will select a charity of their choice which will be featured during the concert. Please consider a freewill donation to these charities to show your support for their efforts in COVID-19 relief. Knowing that these are difficult economic times, Catholic United is excited to sponsor this effort to help both musicians and charities. We will offer a matching grant, totaling $1,000, to match donations made during the concerts through our giving portal.
Vocalist and songwriter Aly Aleigha leads praise and worship using her original songs as well as popular Christian music and a secular song or two. She explains the Biblical origin of praise and worship and encourages intimacy with the Lord by her witness. Aly uses these concerts to glorify God who writes the songs through her. She also leads music for Mass and Adoration when invited.
Aly is quite granola. She loves hardcore adventuring–rock climbing, traveling, hiking, horseback riding, and dreams of living in a van for a while, exploring the world (even more so than the van life she’s used to with band tours). She’s obsessed with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups–one time she bought herself a giant Reese’s Cup and started crying because the scent was so beautiful.
We are a Catholic band from St. Paul, Minnesota with roots in many genres from electronic dance music to rock and pop to country and bluegrass. We are at home with both contemporary worship and traditional hymns. And whether it’s a gathering of a few hundred or an event for tens of thousands, we are always striving to draw others deeper into worship through our music.
Sometimes we need a little help to let go and let God – to shake off the routine and prepare for the extraordinary. Sonar gets the Church on its feet to break the ice and just have a bit of fun! We respond to the Lord’s movement in our lives in a special way when we come together as a community and unite our voices in praise. Sonar uses its music to create an environment for the community to do just that.
I am passionate about communicating the love of Jesus Christ to others through story, worship, and coaching. Over the past 10 years, it has been an honor to partner with ministries across the Midwest, including the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls’ 125th Anniversary Legacy Event and Youth Conferences, the Middle School Youth Festival in the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, the Champions of the Tau Youth Conference for the Diocese of Sioux City, RiseFest Christian Music Festival for Rise Ministries, Partnership for Youth, the Ministry Arts Academy, the 2019 NCEA Conference, and many individual churches, seminars, camps, and retreats.
Born in Minneapolis Minnesota, Luke began writing songs at the age of 16 and composed all of the music on his debut album, Be still, before he graduated high school. He continued to write music throughout his college years and in 2010 he recorded and released, Be still, followed by his second album, No Other Way, in 2011. In 2012 Luke’s intricate guitar style and warm captivating vocals attracted three-time Grammy Award-winning artist Ben Harper. Luke then opened for Harper’s first-ever solo acoustic tour in both the U.S. and Canada.
Harper went on to produce Spehar’s third album, All Is Gift in 2015. Following the release Luke married his wife Elizabeth and together, as newlyweds, they toured the country. This adventure was the catalyst for Spehar’s fourth release, The Pilgrim (2018). Together with their three young daughters, Luke and Elizabeth live in St. Paul, MN.