The Funeral SingerJune, 2015

“It’s been on my bucket list for a long time now,” said Maine singer and recording artist Louis Philippe. “Very often I’ll meet people in public who will stop me and say ‘Oh, you’re the guy who sang such-and-such a song at so-and-so’s funeral…that was so beautiful…do you have that song on CD?’” This fall, I’ll finally be able to say I do.

THE FUNERAL SINGER—like The Wedding Singer or The Jazz Singer— is designed for a specialized niche market. VOLUME 1, which is due out this Fall, is a collection of 15 most popular and powerful songs that are customarily associated with funerals and memorial celebrations but that also bring comfort, healing and peace of mind at any time during any of life’s transitions.

“This is the CD you want to reach for when dealing with the death of beloved pet, or the end of a relationship, losing a job, a health crisis, moving away, and any number of milestones that cause sadness and separation,” said Philippe.

Philippe, an avid proponent of music therapy, knows first-hand the impact of the songs he personally selected for this CD. “With over 40 years experience in Music Ministry, I can guarantee there is no stronger source for inner strength and consolation then hearing such beautiful, peace-filled music and soothing words—especially God’s words,” he noted.

In the Portland area alone, Louis Philippe has provided music for funerals at St. Pius X, St. Joseph’s, St. Patrick’s, St. Bartholomew’s, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Peter’s, Holy Cross, St. John’s, St. Louis, Sacred Heart, St. Edmund’s, St. Anne’s, Westbrook-Warren Congregational, Highland Lakes Congregational, North Deering Congregational and Trinity Lutheran. He currently leads “a rockin’ choir” on Sunday mornings at St. Anthony’s in Westbrook.

The recording process is just about complete thanks to the production and engineering craftsmanship of David Angel Entertainment in Gorham. The next step—to raise funding pledges to help with licensing and manufacturing costs—is already underway.

THE FUNERAL SINGER: Volume 1 is now an active project on Kickstarter.com, an exciting and unique crowd-funding website that provides support and global exposure for thousands of creative projects. The goal is to raise $2,500 in pledges by July 31st. A pledge of $20 is basically an advance order for the CD, with various rewards assigned for higher levels of pledges.

“It’s a great way to raise critical funding and get the word out,” Philippe said. He did note that some of his targeted donors might be skeptical to go online and donate, so they’re asking if he’ll simply take a check. “Of course,” he responded, “Old-school help from all sources is always welcome.”

THE FUNERAL SINGER: Volume 1 includes time-tested favorites such as How Great Thou Art, Just A Closer Walk With Thee, It Is Well With My Soul, Softly And Tenderly Jesus Is Calling and Ave Maria, along with more contemporary songs like Amy Grant‘s El Shaddai, Don Besig’s Flying Free, and Josh Groban’s You Raise Me Up. Plus you’ll get the Word direct from God in songs like Be Still And Know That I Am God, Be Not Afraid, and I The Lord. The list also includes beautiful renditions of Irish Blessing, Where My Father Lives, and Lord You Have Come To The Seashore. You’ll even get the long-established French-Canadian favorite J’Irais La Voir Un Jour….

“I definitely feel God’s anointing on this project,” the Westbrook singer proclaimed. “I have no doubt that God has a very specific purpose for this CD and will assuredly use it to bring His healing message to many individuals who even aren’t aware they’ll benefit from it yet. Plus it’s a great calling card for churches and funeral homes who find themselves in need of quality, spiritual, sensitive music.

To make a pledge, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1419197897/the-funeral-singer-volume-1 or contact Louis Philippe at 207/857-9002 or reindeer@maine.rr.com.




  1. Very Smart, Great explanation – This is great for individual emails to potential backers. It explains the “why” for those who are wondering about the title etc. P E R F E C T!!!!

    West coast Office

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