Fr Mark Baumgarten
Priest / Musician
Fr Mark Baumgarten is a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Perth, Australia. A self-taught pianist, he worked as a musician prior to entering seminary, and the lockdown of 2020 inspired a return to songwriting. Now and Not Yet is his debut album, and it could be described as a kind of musical autobiography, featuring original songs both old and new. Work on a second album is now underway. To find out more, see here.
Press / Interviews
A video interview with Shalom World about the role music has played in Fr Mark's faith story.
An interview with the National Centre for Evangelisation about encountering God through music.
An interview with The Record about the album "Now and Not Yet".
A review of the album "Now and Not Yet" in The Simple Catholic.
An interview with Artisan Music about music, faith, and the creative process.
An interview with Sydney's Catholic Weekly about the song "Easter Sunday Morning".
Fr Mark's songs "A Newborn King", "Wake-up Juice" and "Easter Sunday Morning" have each received radio airplay.
Fr Mark was a semi-finalist in the 2021 International Songwriting Competition (unsigned category) with the song "World Grow Up".