Mary: The Lord’s servant is a unique album. It is a mix of traditional and contemporary songs, drawing on scripture and prayer to highlight aspects of the life of the mother of Jesus Christ. In this album she is portrayed not only as a devoted disciple of her Son, but also as a faithful wife, a refugee, a home-maker, a caring neighbour and a loving human being.
This album collection of twenty-five recordings spans Kilbane’s past twelve years of studio work. There are many well-loved hymns, as well as contemporary songs, that honour Mary’s story and memory.
James has also included a selection of hymns about Mary that were part of his childhood and teenage years, as well as a new recording, ‘If Jesus Comes Tomorrow, What Then?’ Other popular songs include ‘Mary Did You Know?’, ‘There is a Heart (Ave Maria)’, ‘Holy is His Name’, ‘As I Kneel Before You’, ‘Mary’s Boy Child’, ‘Lady of Knock’, ‘Bring Flowers of the Rarest’, ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Via Dolorosa’. It also features verses sourced from sacred scriptures in which we hear the voices of the ancient prophet Isaiah, the Gospel writers St John and St Luke, and strains of the Book of Revelation.
James Kilbane tells his stories in a way that makes them seem certain, true and real. He knows that faith is knowledge of reality, and every note he sings carries this conviction.
- John Waters, renowned Irish writer
1. John 2:5
2. If Jesus Comes Tomorrow, What Then?
3. Isaiah 7:14
4. When Creation Was Begun
5. There is a Heart (Ave Maria)
6. Luke 1:28
7. One Holy Night
8. Silent Night
9. Mary's Boy Child
10. Sweet Mary Sing
11. Mary Did You Know?
12. John 19:25
13. Via Dolorosa
14. Where You There When They Crucified My Lord?
15. Holy is His Name (The Magnificat)
16. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
17. The Apostles' Creed (Spoken Prayer)
18. Mary's House (Our Lady of Ephesus)
19. Revelation 12:1
20. Lady of Knock
21. As I Kneel Before You
22. Roses for Our Lady
23. Bring Flowers of the Rarest
24. Hail Queen of Heaven
25. The Miracle of the Rosary
James Kilbane was born in London, England in 1970, and in his childhood he returned to the tranquil Achill Island, Mayo, Ireland. James married his teenage love, Christina in 1989 and their family home is on Achill with their teenage children Diana and Daniel.
James in his first 37 years has had an exceptional life to date. From a child, he struggled with learning difficulties, which he overcame and went on to study and earn two qualifications, one in Business and the second a Degree in Heritage studies. However James' singing was his earliest career, started at the age of seven when he gave his first solo performance in his local choir. James then started competing in singing competitions form the age of ten, winning many County titles.
Having been a member of several choirs and bands throughout his teenage years, James eventually became lead singer with his own band "Dollar Brand" until his success in the hit TV show You're A Star. You're A Star is the Irish version of American Idol, Pop Idol or X Factor. In this Irish television series, there were thousands of entrants from Ireland, America and England. After five months of television performances, James with his unique and incredible voice went all the way to the final where week after week he won the hearts of his nation.