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Songs of the Beloved

by Valentine

Peter and Tim Valentine combine rhythmic excitement with lush harmonies to create a modern sound which ranges from choral to rock to R&B to World Music to country and is intended to spread the Good News to those who have not heard it.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In The Beginning
1:52 album only
2. Come Now And See
3:28 album only
3. The First Sign
2:49 album only
4. Born Again
4:25 album only
5. Jacob's Well
4:35 album only
6. Amen, Amen
2:44 album only
7. Jesus Bent Down
3:15 album only
8. I See
3:57 album only
9. The Good Shepherd
4:18 album only
10. He Shall Rise
3:37 album only
11. I Know Not Him
3:52 album only
12. From The Cross
3:19 album only
13. My Lord And My God
4:11 album only
14. Simon, Son of John
3:11 album only


Album Notes
Peter is a professional musician and teacher working in New York City. He performed on keyboards and guitar in the International Tour of “Rent” (2000), and on the Broadway stage as a cast/orchestra member in “The News” (1985). Peter served as Musical Director for the National Tour of “Footloose” from 1998-2000. His extensive list of performing credits includes appearances with Pat Benetar, Bruce Springsteen and Bill Chinnock, and tours with singer Peter Hofmann (1992-5). He has performed on TV with Carly Simon (Conan O’Brien, Good Morning America, and Regis and Kelly) and Tony Bennett (Irving Berlin 100th Birthday Tribute). From 1990-1995, Peter was a member of the New York City band “Twenty Seven Heavens.” As a commercial singer, he has sung lead and background vocals on many familiar jingles, including Hanes (“Wait’ll We Get Out Hanes on You”), Dr. Pepper (“You’re a Part of Me”), Folgers (“The Best Part of Waking Up”), Dodge (“America’s Truck Stop”), Safeguard (“This Time I’ll Play it Safeguard”), Chex (“Chex, the Classic Crunch”), Noxema (“Let it Begin with Beautiful Skin”), Red Stripe (“Get it Right with Red Stripe”), and many others. Some of Peter’s vocal influences include Paul Rogers, Freddie Mercury, Stevie Wonder, Lou Gramm, Elton John, the Eagles, the Beach Boys and Billy Joel.

Tim is a member of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus (the “Jesuits”) currently serving in the military. He has graduate degrees in music, theology, philosophy, and education, and has taught at Fordham University (2000-3) and the United States Military Academy (2006-8). Tim has been a church musician, serving as organist and choir director for various parishes and seminaries in the New York area for 30 years. His albums of liturgical music include In Our God (NALR/OCP, 1984), The Fire of Love (GIA, 1998), and Rhythm and Rhyme (GIA, 2002); Fire and Rhythm were both produced by Peter. Tim’s music has been recorded by other artists, including Gospel singer Vaneese Thomas.

We hope you enjoy our collection, Songs of the Beloved. Tim composed them during his deployment in Iraq (2005-6) as a kind of musical “aid” for people who have not heard the Gospel, and for those preparing to enter the Church. As you know, St. John’s Gospel plays a central role in evangelization, for it shows Jesus eliciting faith from his hearers, drawing them into a deeper love for him. In order to reach people with different musical tastes, Peter’s beautiful arrangements employ a variety of styles, so that there might be “something for everyone.” Our intention was to make music that is faith-enhancing, artistically satisfying, and fun. We hope it shows.

Tim Valentine, SJ
Peter Valentine



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Kathy G

Songs of the Beloved
I thoroughly enjoyed this CD and its presentation of the Gospels. The music (instrumental and choral)is wonderful, and it is fun to listen to. I have ordered copies for my daughter and young niece and nephew, because I think they will also find it easy to listen to -- and might internalize some Gospel messages along the way. Thank you, Fr. Tim and Peter!


Truly Catholic; truly catholic
Songs of the Beloved by Valentine is a real gem! Composer Tim Valentine delves deeply into the Gospel of John to uncover the personal passion of the Christian message. But what he does so well is to set these songs to so many styles of contemporary music, from rock, to pop, to country, to a cappella, to reggae, and even ballad. He really puts his God-given talents to brilliant use for the Gospel message. This CD will be on heavy rotation for me and I'll recommend it to many friends and colleagues. BRAVO VALENTINE!

Gilda Johnson

Songs of the Beloved
At first I wasn't sure I liked all the different rhythms, but as I listened, I found that each song was just as it should be. I listen to the CD each day as prayer, and can picture Jesus in each instant and it gives me Peace. Thank you so much for recording this wonderful CD.


Songs of the Beloved
I found the music and lyrics to be inspirational. My husband said it puts calm in his life at the end of a hectic day. The biblical passages were well chosen and complement the musical talents of the Valentine brothers. I recommend purchasing this CD for anyone who appreciates listening to quality music and inspirational passages.

Tim Kelly

Songs of the Beloved
I am not much of a music critic and I am not a religious scholar. I do know what I like and I do know how music makes me feel. Songs of the Beloved touched several emotions for me. It makes me feel calm, jubilant, joyous and sad. It makes me think of the time when Jesus walked the earth and began to form his church. Songs of the Beloved gives me an inside look of how St. John saw Jesus's world and at times I feel I am standing next to Him. I played this album for a muslim friend and he enjoyed it very much. His favorite was "Jesus Bent Down" as it told a story.

Thank you Father Tim and Peter Valentine for producing such beautiful music. I listen to all the time. It brings me peace and joy and inspires me to carry on.