Catholic Charities of West Tennessee / John Angotti Family Christmas Concert to be Live Streamed to U.S. Military Bases Worldwide

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE –Through a unique partnership jointly announced by the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS), UpWord Studios, Inc., John Angotti Music Mission (JAMM) and Catholic Charities of West Tennessee (CCWTN), this year’s John Angotti and Friends Family Christmas Concert will be live streamed from The Cannon Center in Memphis, Tennessee to U.S. Military bases around the world.

Servicemen and women deployed overseas and away from their families this Christmas season will have the opportunity to view this year’s concert live and later, on-demand via the AMS Digital Media Center and its app AMS Catholic Faith Deployed, now available in the iTunes Store.

Local service families from the Millington Naval Base have been invited as guests to the concert. Individuals may sponsor their attendance with a $15 donation (per attendee) by calling (901) 722-4701.

This year’s concert will be held on Saturday evening December 15th at The Cannon Center, beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Performances this year include featured headliner; John Angotti and his band, as well as the St. Benedict at Auburndale High School Show Choir, the Voices of St. Augustine Choir, a 100+ person all Diocesan choir and (just added) Fathers Who Noel Best; A group of local Pastors who will gather around the grand piano with John for a few carols.

General ticket sales for the concert range from $15 – $50 and remain available until Thursday December 13, 2012 also by calling (901) 722-4701. Concert proceeds benefit the works of Catholic Charities of West Tennessee and St. Martin DePorres Shrine in Memphis.



About Catholic Charities of West Tennessee

Catholic Charities of West Tennessee ( is the social services arm of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis. It is one of the largest nonprofit, multi-social service providers in the Mid-South with special emphasis in the areas of homelessness, immigration services, community counseling and emergency services. For more information please visit the agency web site at and visit us on Facebook. For more information, please contact Alie Lifsey at or 901-722-4750.

About John Angotti Music Mission

John Angotti ( was raised in Clarksburg, West Virginia; a small community nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Third in a family of 4 adopted children (with an older brother and two sisters), John’s first ability to speak without stuttering was at the age of 4 when he sang the hymn “The Church’s One Foundation.” How appropriate for the mission God has planned for him thus far! An accomplished and superb pianist, John began studying piano at the age of seven. His mother, who has been a church musician for over 50 years, motivated him to become involved with church music at a very early age through the children’s choir at church. “I believe it was there at that age where I truly began to form my beliefs about God through the songs we were singing,” Angotti says. John has been writing Christian music since his midteen years at St. Joseph Seminary where he was considering entering the priesthood. “After I left the seminary, it never dawned on me that God perhaps wanted me to do something else for the church, perhaps more suited for the gifts God gave me,” he says jokingly. In 1995 John signed a distribution deal with World Library Publications (WLP) in Chicago, Illinois. There he met Father Jim Marchionda, OP, a Dominican preacher who was also a composer for WLP. Father Jim invited John to be the accompanist for him at some Christian workshops at the Los Angeles Religious Education Conference. He also let John be involved in the workshops, explaining how to combine old, traditional hymns with new stylistic rhythms and give new spirit to what could be considered a “boring” hymn to a young generation. At that moment, Angotti began to see the plan unfolding.

About UpWord Studios, Inc

UpWord Studios (, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is a new media development house that supports and funds the creation of Catholic new media, bringing new features to existing materials and enabling new digital content. The organization provides new media services and funding to promote effective, innovative communication vehicles

for the Gospel message. As a non-profit organization, UpWord Studios supports Catholic ministries, including youth, young adult, RCIA, RCIC, marriage and family, and many more. Visit us at

About the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA

The Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) ( was created as an independent archdiocese by Pope John Paul II in 1985 as the only Catholic jurisdiction responsible for endorsing and granting faculties for priests to serve as chaplains in the U.S. military and VA Medical Centers. AMS-endorsed priests serve at more than 220 U.S. military installations in 29 countries, making the AMS the nation’s only global archdiocese. AMS-endorsed priests also serve at 153 VA Medical Centers throughout the U.S. The AMS service population also includes American Catholic civilians working for the federal government in 134 countries, but currently, due to limited resources, the AMS cannot adequately serve this population. Worldwide, an estimated 1.8 million Catholics depend on the AMS to meet their spiritual and sacramental needs. For more information on the Archdiocese for the Military Services, visit, the only official Web site for Catholics in the military and for the Cause of Father Vincent Capodanno, M.M.