A musician, songwriter, singer and producer for over 30 years...
Greg Magirescu (pronounced Magic-Rescue with a silent "c" in Magic) is more than a singer, songwriter and award-winning record producer.
Greg's unique and inspiring music aims to be "food for the journey", offering encouragement and hope. His songs are also a challenge, compelling listeners to reflect on their individual spiritual journey through life. All of this is presented in a positive and fun manner through Greg's powerful story-telling skills and engaging communication with his audiences. One thing is for sure... people will not go home the same after one of Greg's concerts. A commonly heard statement following one of Greg's presentations is "he's sure given me a lot to think about".
"Kyrie Eleison - Meditations From The Heart", released in the Fall of 2007, is Greg's third release. This CD is unique in that it follows a more "liturgical" structure in both the music and in the way the songs have been blended into a seamless continuum. The album features 10 original songs in addition to David Haas' beautiful classic, "You Are Mine", including "Where Love And Justice Meet" (composed for the 2007 Convocation of Prison Fellowship International), "No Greater Love" and "Love Is The Rainbow Of God". The rest of the music is a flow-through sequence of a new Mass setting which Greg has titled "Mass Of Reconciliation".
In November 2001, Greg was commissioned to write music for World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto. Greg's "Alleluia - a Gospel Acclamation" is included on the World Youth Day double CD (2002) and is featured on his sophomore release "Sweet Surrender" (2003), where he is joined by JUNO Award - winning gospel group, Sharon Riley & Faith Chorale (EMI Canada). Greg was invited to perform his " Alleluia" at the opening service of World Youth Day 2002, in addition to Pope John Paul's welcoming ceremony and the closing event. He was blessed to have been on stage with Pope John Paul II during the Papal welcome, where was seen by over 800,000 people at the closing service, plus millions more around the world via television. In 2004, "Alleluia" received a nomination for the 26th Annual Covenant Award (Canada's Dove Award equivalent), presented by the Canadian Gospel Music Association, for "Praise & Worship Song of the Year".
In 2002, his debut project "Food For The Journey" (2001 - Word Entertainment Canada) was nominated for a Covenant Award for "Pop/Contemporary Christian Album of the Year". He also won the Unity Award (presented by the United Catholic Music & Video Association) for "2002 International Artist of the Year" and "2002 Songwriter of the Year" in Washington, DC, where he performed with Howie D. of "The Backstreet Boys" and Rick Elias of Rich Mullins' "Ragamuffin Band". In addition to being a full-time touring artist, Greg also spends several weeks a year in Nashville, writing with some of the top writers in the CCM industry, including Scott Krippayne, Kyle Matthews, Tony Wood and Sarah Hart. Greg serves as a songwriting faculty member on the Canadian Academy On Campus, through the Gospel Music Association's (Nashville) Academy of Gospel Music Arts. He has performed in concert, at festivals, conferences, youth rallies, special events and led worship services in churches of all denominations, as an openly-Catholic evangelist, around the world. Greg is also a frequently-requested speaker for conferences in the areas of music and ministry, songwriting, liturgical worship, and parish missions. In addition to his roles as a concert artist, liturgical musician and speaker, Greg teaches songwriting classes and seminars all around the globe. Greg has been a guest on many radio morning shows, plus television programs including three appearance on "Life On The Rock" with Jeff Cavins and "Backstage" on EWTN, in the United States, and "Lifeline" for The Miracle Channel, "It's A New Day" with Willard Thiessen on NOW-TV, "100 Huntley Street" with David Mainse, in Canada. His music is also featured on hundreds of Catholic and contemporary Christian radio programs around the world.
In September 2003, Greg released his sophomore project, Sweet Surrender, through his indie label, Angel Cake Cafe Music, which includes the single "One Heart", (co-written with Scott Krippayne), and features Greg in a duet with award-winning singer-songwriter, Carolyn Arends. The album was launched at the start of his 2003 Australia Tour, and is currently enjoying retail distribution and radio airplay in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, the United States, and throughout Europe.
Greg put aside his music ministry in early 2008 to pursue a secular career life in the world of arts and culture administration. Although he is no longer touring and performing, his music continues to be enjoyed by millions of people around the world via download, as well as performed by other musicians and worship leaders in churches and concert venues.