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John Michael Talbot, God's Troubador

Updated on January 14, 2016
John Michael /talbot
John Michael /talbot

Why I'm making this page about John Michael Talbot, God's Troubador:

I'm making this page about John Michael Talbot, Troubadour For The Lord because I think John Michael Talbot is an awesome Christian singer/songwriter who uses his talents for God, yet sounds like a folksinger, and you know I love folk music. John Michael Talbot calls himself a troubadour and that's what the folksingers of the folk revival were called, even though John Michael Talbot didn't make his first album until 1976. Still he sound a bit like Glen Yarborough of The Limeliters, though not quite as high pitched--I'd say he's actually somewhere between Bul Ives and Glen Yarborough. I love to listen to John Michael Talbot sing and he really does glorify God with his music.

But, don't take my word for it, take a listen: - John Michael Talbot

John and Terry
John and Terry

John Michael Talbot's early life


[info. from Wikipedia:] John Michael Talbot was born on May 8th, 1954 to "a Methodist family with a musical background in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma", and began "learning to play the guitar at an early age." In 1969, At age 15 he dropped out of school and began playing guitar for Mason Proffit, a country folk-rock band formed by his older brother Terry. Read the Wikipedia article.


[From his bio:]"After meeting some of his heroes and seeing how they really lived their lives, Talbot came to an inescapable conclusion. 'There were some real tragic scenarios being played out,' he says, 'and it caused me to stop cold and do some serious thinking.'" That thinking led to a revelation... in 1973...that caused him to reconsider the choices he had made." (Read more of his . )

[more from Wiklipedia:} [Thus, In 1973, he left Mason Proffit and began]" a spiritual journey that led him through Native American religion and Buddhism to Christianity. [Then,] he and his brother, Terry, joined the Jesus Movement, recording the album "Reborn" which was re-released by Sparrow Records (originally released as "The Talbot Bros." on the Warner Brothers label)." Read more of the wikipedia article.

The Talbot Brothers Reborn:

When this LP was released in 1974, it wasn't considered a christian rock album. For many, it was simply the newest Mason Proffit album.

Release Date: 12/31/1969 Usually ships in 1-2 business days

[From Amazon:] High-class country rock album from Mason Proffit graduates John and Terry Talbot. Less electric and kickin' than bands like the Outlaws, but more of a rootsy feel than the Eagles and all their imitators thanks to an acoustic emphasis and use of banjo, dobro, steel guitar, and harmonica. Hawaiian guitar leads grace the beautiful acoustic piece 'Trail of Tears'. Fast pickin' on hoedowners 'Comin' Home To Jesus' and 'Moline Truckin' (the latter was deleted when the album was re-issued as Reborn on the Sparrow label). Several mainstream label musicians assisting to create consistent professional sound throughout without a hint of fluff.


Who is John Michael Talbot?

[info.from Wikipedia:] John Michael Talbot is an American Catholic singer-songwriter-guitarist and founder of the monastary community, "The Brothers and Sisters of Charity." Read the Wikipedia article.

[From an Amazon review: John Michael Talbot] "is a 'supremo virtuoso' at musical composition, and a wonderful singer/songwiter/guitarist."

--- Obadiah "Koinonia"

Start of John Michael Talbot's solo career: - His 2 best albums according to some:

[From Wikipedia] "Two solo albums followed...John Michael Talbot (1976) and The New Earth (1977). Both...were produced by Billy Ray Hearn. .

The first is his first and foremost album after his Christian conversion.

John Michael Talbot beomes a monk

[From Wikipedia and the Amazon review:] " Reading the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, he was inspired to [study] at a Franciscan center in Indianapolis. {soon after his second album,'The New Earth], He became a Roman Catholic and joined the Secular Franciscan Order in 1978. [He] stopped recording[for a year, while] he started a house of prayer, The Little Portion, [which] he moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas on land he had purchased during his Mason Proffit days. He founded his own community, the Brothers and Sisters of Charity, at Little Portion Hermitage as an "integrated monastic community" with celibate brothers and sisters, singles, and families." Read more of the wikipedia article, or get his biography.

John Michael Talbot, author:

In addition to being a brilliant singer / songwriter, John Michal Talbot is also an author in his own right, with several books published, primarily focusing on the monastic life. Check out the one of them listed below:

More albums by John Michael Talbot:

[In 1979, John Michael Talbot] started [recording] again but under the auspices of the Catholic monestry which mean't initially and for a time his musical expression and freedom was stifled to a degree (and still is)."

--- Obadiah "Koinonia"

Wikipedia chronology of John Michael Talbot's later albums:

(After "John Michael Talbot" and "The New Earth")

1979 The Lord's Supper

1980 Come to the Quiet

Amazon Spotlight Personal Review I: - One of John Micheael Talbot's best, if not the best.

This one is great for starting the day and also for ending it (the first half is really for morning and the last half is really for evening.) I have this and I usually start my day with it. It's a great way to start your day right. There's a brief instrumental with bells, as a summon to worship, then he sings "Come Worship the Lord," followed by "As Morning Breaks, I look to you, o' Lord to be my strength." This is followed by a prayer song for forgiveness and cleansing based on Psalm 51, then one based on Psalm 86 which pleads with God to hear followed by one based on Psalm 23 ("The Lord is my shepherd"). These are enough to start any day right, which is probably why they are listed as "morning" on the cover. I think this was originally vinyl and this was the first side. The rest are labeled "evening" and include "Peace Prayer" Peter's "Philippians 2:1-5" and others. --JMB

The first song on the above album, with action directions:

...Chronology continued)

1980 The Painter With Terry Talbot

1981 For the Bride and Troubadour of the Great King

1982 Light Eternal (Dove Award winner) and Songs For Worship Vol. 1

1983 No Longer Strangers with Terry Talbot

1984 The God of Life

1985 Songs For Worship Vol. 2 and The Quiet

1986 Be Exalted 1 and Empty Canvas

1987 Heart of the Shepherd

Quiet Reflections


Read the Wikipedia article.

(Chronology continued)

1988 The Regathering

1989 The Lover and the Beloved

1990 Hiding Place, The Birth of Jesus: A Celebration of Christmas, Come Worship the Lord Vol. 1 and Come Worship the Lord Vol. 2

1992 The Master Musician Troubadour

1993 Meditations in the Spirit

1994 Meditations from Solitude

1995 Chant from the Hermitage

1996 Brother to Brother with Michael Card and Our Blessing Cup and Troubadour for the Lord

1997 Table of Plenty

1998 Pathways to Wisdom, Pathways to Solitude, Spirit Pathways, Quiet Pathways and Pathways of the Shepherd

1999 Cave of the Heart

2000 Simple Heart

2001 Wisdom

Read the Wikipedia article.

[From the Amazon review:] "Wisdom is a breath of fresh air. It was a trip back to the differing nuances of his Regathering and Heart of the Shepherd work. I love Wisdom. Swift to Hear, Slow to Answer is a beautiful, meditative peace with JMT's guitar riffs in the background adding a beautiful flair to a neo-classical piece. Just a great work that will be way too under appreciated."

John Michael Talbot: WISDOM:

(Chronology continued)

2003 Signatures

2005 City of God, Monk Rock

2006 The Beautiful City

2007 Living Water 50th

2010 Worship and Bow Down

Read the Wikipedia article.

Get a sampeling of John Michael Talbot's albums all in one place: - Amazon Spotlight Personal Review II:

List Price: $9.99 Release Date: 12/31/1969 Usually ships in 1-2 business days

Personal Review by me (JMB-[faithfuljim]): I have this and It's great. It has the best songs from 16 of his albums and covers the gambit from Christmas to Easter and in between.
Tracks include "Come Worship the Lord, Glory to God, Holy is His Name, Lillie's of the Field, The Pleiades and Orion, I am the Bread of Life, Hiding Place, Wonderful Counselor, The Master Musician, Come Holy Spirit,--J M. B. (faithfuljim)

Michael Card and John Michael Talbot
Michael Card and John Michael Talbot

His relationship with Michael Card

The background of the following album:

Here, in John Michael Talbot's own words, from the liner notes of the album is how he and Michael Card ended up making an album together:

"Years ago, Billy Ray Hearn introduced me to the music of Michael Card and for years we have considered working together. That desire materialized early in 1995 and th is project is the result.

'Brother to Brother began as a 'no-brainer' at a fast food place in Nashville. Michael had sung on my "Meditations on Wisdom" album and he purposed a project on which I would do 5 or 6 of his songs and he would do 5 or 6 of mine. It would work well due to our mutual respect for each other's music and ideals.

Very quickly, the project took a much more serious twist. As we spent time and sang together, we developed from two solo artists into a true duo. We also discovered deep common ground in both Spiritual and artistic convictions.

Musically, after the initial shock of realizing how much fun we were having working together, we tried to incorporate various world musical influences that express the catholic or universal aspect of both Catholic and non-Catholic Christianity. The project soon became one of the most enjoyable and challenging I have worked on in many years.

Amazon Spotlight Personal Review IV: - Brother to Brother

I have this one too and I really enjoy hearing at least some of the songs daily. it really is great, both because of the songs and because of the harmony--JMB. As the Amazon review says: "--a great album by two of the most honest Christian recording artists of recent years. This is filled with sincere, intense imagery with a style all its own, powerful more because of its truth than because of its already-excellent playing. This CD spends the most time in my player. Anyone who enjoys folk-driven hymns or thought-provoking lyrics rather than some of the fluff other artists are releasing will definitely enjoy this album. I would say it is a must-have album for anyone who buys Christian music in order to feel worshipful or convicted; this CD draws you in and then sends you out rejoicing!"

The opening song is a really beautiful duet about the church and pastors. Then comes the duet of "come worship the Lord" from the "Come to the quiet" album. This is followed by "Glory to you o' God." Then there's the advent suite and several numbers about the incarnation followed by one about the crucifixion and one about the communion.

I'm listed in:

Christ Centered Web - Directory and in Bible Top 100 and in Sermons Outlines, Free Pentecostal Bible Studies, Topical Sermons, Podcasts - Sermons Outlines, Free Pentecostal Online Topical Sermons, Christian Bible Studies, Podcasts, Sowing Seeds of faith by Ken Birks.


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