Eight times a day, a group of nuns files into a chapel in their rural northwest Missouri monastery to chant and worship.
Quite unexpectedly, this private, prayerful pursuit has made the Benedictines of Mary a chart-topping recording industry curiosity. After being named Billboard's No. 1 Classical Traditional Artist of 2012 and 2013, the nuns released their third album, called "Lent At Ephesus," Feb. 11 on the De Montfort Music/Decca/Universal Classics label.
Matt Abramovitz, program director for New York classical radio station WQXR, which has featured the new album on air, said the station didn't know what to make of it when the nuns' first record arrived.
"They're not professional singers," he said. "They aren't singing traditional classical repertoire, ............
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