YouTube Monks Storm European Pop Charts

Cistercian monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz sing chant

The Cistercian monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz, outside of Vienna, Austria, were signed to a record deal after an executive saw them singing on YouTube. coutesy of Decca/Universal hide caption

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The monks of Heiligenkreuz Abbey in Austria sing ancient Gregorian chants in their 12th-century church — and then post them to YouTube. Their technological savvy landed them a record deal, and now their album is storming the European charts and arriving in America. Father Karl Wallner talks to host Andrea Seabrook about balancing pop stardom with the religious life.

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Chant: Music for the Soul

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Chant: Music for the Soul
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Cistercian Monks of Stift Heiligenkreuz
Label
Decca
Released
2008

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