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PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIAN MUSIC

SINGER / SONGWRITER

Bryan's Bio

After experiencing a Christian "conversion of sorts" (I never quite know how to refer to that experience!) when I was 17, I started writing songs that were expressive of the insights and joy I was experiencing as a new follower of Jesus, and this music ministry of mine has been unfolding one way or another pretty much ever since. I write and share songs that somehow offer snapshots of thoughts or feelings or experiences I've had as a person who is trying to take the life and teachings of Christ to heart. I've also done my best to take some of the biblical content that pastors and parents often want children and teens to memorize and to write some fun (i.e. silly/crazy!) songs that make it easy and fun to learn Bible stories and themes.

As far as credentials go, I am an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and I served as pastor of two small UCC congregations in northern Wisconsin for almost 4 years (1983-1987). I grew up primarily in Chatham, N.J., graduated high-school from The Pingry School in New Jersey in 1976, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University with a degree in Religion and a concentrated study in Psychology in 1980, and then got my M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in Jan., 1984. I was a pastor of two small churches in northern Wisconsin, and then lived in Three Lakes, WI for the first 6 years of my music ministry. In 1993 my family and I moved to Madison, WI, and I've been in Madison ever since.

I've traveled extensively since 1987 offering concerts, leading worship services and retreats, and offering keynote addresses at various regional and national conferences. I've also worked extensively with grass roots organizations among the poorest of the poor in Haiti since 1991. I've written many songs that have been born out of my experiences in Haiti, and you'll find them on quite a few of my CDs. I am a founding member and leader of an organization called Haiti Allies www.haitiallies.org. Haiti Allies supports education, meal programs, and job creation in Haiti, and we also bring groups to Haiti twice a year.

As of May, 2016, I have released 14 CDs, 4 study guides, and 4 songbooks. In 2012 I published a book called, The 6 Marks of Progressive Christian Worship Music which articulates the theological paramenters for a new genre of worship music with progressive lyrics and theology. In 2015 I joined forces with well known author Brian McLaren and Rev. Cameron Trimble of the Center for Progressive Renewal in Atlanta to form a new worship music company called The Convergence Music Project (CMP). CMP is an all digital source of music and liturgical resources for worship that reflect the kind of progressive theology and world view that I wrote about in my book. CMP will be launching officially during the summer of 2016, and I am the CEO of this new startup.

In  May of 2015 I co-authored (with Sherry Favre) and released a children's book based on the story behind one of my most popular songs for kids called Wherever Love Is.

In December of 2015 I released my first piano instrumental album of Advent and Christmas songs, and will release another instrumental album of arrangements of familiar hymns sometime in 2016.

In 2015 I also started offering workshops on the Enneagram, an ancient Wisdom Tool and personality typology that is a remarkable tool for self-awareness and for spiritual and psychological growth.  

I am often found at my wife's yoga studio in Fitchburg, WI (Perennial Yoga, Wisdom, Community) practicing yoga and serving as a one man maintenance staff!  And beyond all my work related endeavors, I'm having a blast being a father to my adult son and daughter and a grandpa to my 5 grandchildren!

Grace and Peace to you,


Bryan Sirchio
May, 2016
1-608-577-8716

updated: 4 months ago

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