Joe Simmons was heard around the world when he was invited to sing Psalm 33 for the Papal Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in Yankee Stadium in 2008. He is a recording artist, concert performer, author, and nationally recognized music ministry clinician, based in New York City. Joe's solo albums of inspirational music, Singing Out and Sudden Waves, on the Oculus Music label, are widely used in healing ministries. He appears on national weekly broadcasts of The Sunday Mass, produced by the Passionist Community in Rivwedale, New York (local channels 5 and 97). He was also a vocalist and producer on World Library Publications' eight-CD collection, Psalms and Ritual Music, selections of which are featured on the Web site of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. His bilingual music videos, which appeared on the critically acclaimed series, Nuestra Familia / Our Family, have been broadcast nationally on the Odyssey Channel and Univisión. "I want to use music to help people get through their lives and builds bridges of understanding. I believe that singing songs that nourish the soul are the best way I can do that," says Joe Simmons of his concerts of inspirational music, which he presents throughout the United States. A native of the Texas Rio Grande Valley, Simmons graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Environmental Design and began to work in the field. But soon after, he was lured by a calling to his true passion of music, which proved to be a rewarding career choice. His professional performance career began in Houston, where he was cast in a production by the award-winning director, Peter Masterson. Joe later relocated to New York City, where he pursued a master's degree in Music Theatre from New York University. He appeared Off-Broadway in the posthumous world premiere of the Frank Loesser musical, Señor Discretion Himself, as a solo artist, and in productions in seven countries in Europe, North and South America. He was also a member of the vocal performance faculty of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. As a professional pastoral musician, Joe has contributed to the field of music ministry as an active clinician and author. He is a frequent convention speaker for organizations such as the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and conducts clinics for churches and dioceses throughout the United States. He is author of The Work of the Cantor, published by World Library Publications, co-author of Cantor Basics, 2nd Edition (OCP Publications), and a contributor to Psalmist and Cantor: A Pastoral Music Resource (NPM Publications). Joe serves as Principal Cantor at the Church of St. John the Baptist in New York.