Born in Stockbridge Massachusetts, Brian Flynn is Catholic singer/songwriter that has a true heart for serving God with his musical gifts. A cradle Catholic, Brian has been involved in ministry since he was 22 years old and had a “reversion” back the Catholic faith. He then traveled throughout New England with the Capuchin Friars of the Primitive Observance providing dynamic music for Youth 2000 Eucharistic centered Youth Retreats.
Brian then transferred to the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio where he graduated in 1998 with a degree in Theology. During his college career, Brian was a leader for Liturgical music ministry, pianist/vocalist for the Festival of Praise music team, and guitarist/vocalist for the Franciscan University Summer Conference music team with Catholic singer/songwriter, Jim Cowan.
After graduation, Brian married the love of his life, Kristin (Thelen) Flynn, for whom he wrote and sang the song, “The Greatest Gift” on their wedding day. They have now been blessed with seven beautiful children. Brian started out after graduation working in Catholic campus ministry at West Liberty State and Bethany Colleges in West Virginia where he used his music to draw college students closer to Christ.
Brian moved to Michigan in 1999, where he worked as the Director of Music at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Westphalia, MI for the past 15 years. In addition to leading music at St. Mary’s, Brian provides music for conferences, retreats and concerts throughout the United States, sometimes teaming up with one or more of his siblings, and his father, Vinny. A versatile musician, Brian also provides music for weddings and funerals.
In 1999 Brian released his first solo album, entitled “Built on Faith.” In the spring of 2004, Brian released his second album, “In the Sight of the Angels.” In 2009 Brian released his third album of original songs. This last album, “Beyond the Veil” captured 3 UCMVA Unity Awards in 2010, including Praise and Worship Album of the year, Liturgical/Sacramental Song of the year and Devotional Song of the Year. In 2011, Brian released his fourth album, entitled “Born Again” through World Library Publications in Chicago. This album was produced by award winning producer Jeff Thomas in Nashville.
Many of Brian’s songs have been featured on Catholic Radio stations across the United States. He has also been featured several times on EWTN. Brian really has a knack for weaving solid, Catholic teaching into his songs in a contemporary way that goes straight to the heart. Brian has been given a true gift from God to accompany his voice on many instruments, including the piano, guitar and organ. He also enjoys playing the tin whistle, accordion, drums, harmonica, and trumpet. Brian’s prayer is that, you, too will be led closer to Jesus through his gift of music. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!