Today I get to chat with John Michael Talbot. John Michael and his brother Terry had a Southern Rock band in the early seventies called Mason Proffit. They were a pretty big deal! Bands like The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, and John Denver were opening acts for Mason Profit! Eventually, though, John Michael and his brother left the band and rededicated their lives to Christ. John Michael went on to become a Roman Catholic monk and has released 56 solo albums in the past 4 decades!
John Michael Talbot is listed in the credits for the following albums:
|1975||Jamie Owens-Collins||Growing Pains||Guitars, Background Vocals|
|1976||Janny Grein||Free Indeed||Guitar|
|1976||Various Artists||Firewind||Songwriter, Vocals|
|1976||Larry Norman||In Another Land||Intermittent Banjo|
|1977||Albrecht Roley & Moore||Gently Flowing Feeling||Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro|
|1981||Terry Talbot||A Song Shall Rise||Songwriter, Vocals|
|1985||Jamie Owens-Collins||A Time for Courage||Background Vocals|
|2016||John Michael Talbot||The Inner Room||Guitar, Vocals|
|2020||John Michael Talbot||Songs from Solitude||Producer, Mixed, Guitar, Vocals|
John Michael Talbot
John Michael Talbot is an American Roman Catholic singer-guitarist who is the founder of a monastic community, the Brothers and Sisters of Charity.
Talbot was born into a Methodist family with a musical background in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and started learning to play the guitar at an early age. At age 15 he dropped out of school and was performing as a guitarist for Mason Proffit, a country folk-rock band formed with his older brother Terry Talbot.
Talbot embarked on a spiritual journey that led him through Native American religion and Buddhism to Christianity. At this point he and his brother, Terry, joined the Jesus Movement, recording the album Reborn which was re-released by Sparrow Records (originally released as "The Talbot Bros." on the Warner Brothers label).
Two solo albums followed for Talbot, both of these were produced by Billy Ray Hearn. Reading the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, he was inspired to begin studying at a Franciscan center in Indianapolis. He became a Roman Catholic and joined the Secular Franciscan Order in 1978. He started a house of prayer, The Little Portion.
Talbot moved The Little Portion to Eureka Springs, Arkansas on land he had purchased during his Mason Proffit days. He formed his own community, the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, at Little Portion Hermitage as an "integrated monastic community" with celibate brothers and sisters, singles, and families. By 1989, Talbot had married Viola Pratka (with the permission of the Catholic Church). Pratka was a former Incarnate Word Sister who had come to the community in 1986.
Talbot's title is General Minister and Spiritual Father. For many years, he has promoted the work of Mercy Corps.
Wikipedia contributors. John Michael Talbot. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. October 27, 2010, 17:41 UTC. Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=John_Michael_Talbot&oldid=393250459. Accessed October 28, 2010.