Paul Grady

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Born: 23 February 1967


Paul Grady was born on the island of Oahu, in Hawaii. At the age of three, he moved to Singapore with his Seventh-day Adventist missionary family. Paul attended school at Far Eastern Elementary and Far Eastern Academy where he sang in the school choirs and learned to play the piano and clarinet. In 1985, he returned to the United States to attend college at Pacific Union College in Angwin, a small town above the Napa Valley in California. While there he sang in the advanced college choirs and joined a hand-bell troupe. After leaving college, he became friends with Jeffrey Morse, a talented Catholic musician who invited him to join his parish choir. Paul was overwhelmed by the beauty of liturgical worship, and became a Catholic himself a few years later. Finding their efforts at encouraging traditional Catholic music frustrated by an incoming priest, Paul, Jeff, and several other choir members formed their own advanced, independent ensemble, where they could work on the music of their choice and sing it at those parishes that welcomed them. In 1996, Paul went on a Gregorian Chant pilgrimage hosted by Dr. Mary Barry from the tomb of St. Mary Magdalene in France to the tomb of St. James in Spain. He went on to teach his first class in Gregorian Chant in 1997. Shortly after Paul's conversion, Jeff had introduced him to several Carmelite nuns and monks, and he entered a Carmelite monastery in 1999, where he remained for about a year before realizing that this was not where he was meant to be. While discerning his next steps, Paul went to live with his parents who were at this time living near Seattle, Washington. There he met and fell in love with Brandy Johnson. They soon married, and their union was blessed with three sons. During his time in Seattle, Paul taught a number of chant classes and directed several Catholic parish choirs, culminating with 9 years spent building a talented choir at the newly-formed North American Martyrs parish, run by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. It was there that he composed a number of descants and his settings of the Vidi Aquam and the Magnificat. Paul is now living with his wife and boys in Post Falls, Idaho.

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