Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!

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  • The first ever pop single released by a Pontiff, this song blends an audio of Pope Francis addressing a South Korean audience on August 17, 2014 with a pop-rock beat. The track was composed by Italian musician Tony Pagliuca, who told Rolling Stone. "In the '70s, I founded the prog-rock band Le Orme and topped the charts, toured Italy and UK and had the chance to collaborate with international artists like Peter Hammil and David Jackson.

    During the years, I also made an important journey of faith. When Don Giulio Neroni asked me to collaborate on this CD, I immediately accepted with enthusiasm. Putting my music in the service of the words and the voice of Pope Francis has been a fantastic experience and a very interesting artistic challenge."
  • The song is a track from the Wake Up! album, which is formed of speeches by Pope Francis recorded in numerous locations worldwide between 2013–15 with accompanying musical accompaniment ranging from pop-rock to Gregorian chant. "For many years, I've been the producer and the artistic director of albums by the Pope," the record‘s artistic director and producer Don Giulio Neroni told Rolling Stone. "I had the honor to work with John Paul II, Benedict XVI and now Pope Francis."

    "As in the past, for this album too, I tried to be strongly faithful to the pastoral and personality of Pope Francis: the Pope of dialogue, open doors, hospitality. For this reason, the voice of Pope Francis in Wake Up! dialogues music. And contemporary music (rock, pop, Latin etc.) dialogues with the Christian tradition of sacred hymns."
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