Annie Karto - Refuge - Catholic CD Review


karto-refugeAnnie Karto’s third full CD project is called “Refuge”. On this project, she gets help from some very talented musicians. Donna Cori Gibson, Kati Mac, and Victoria Faiella help with the background vocals. John Two-Hawks provides some Native American flute on the title track, “Refuge for You”. Annie’s producer, Barry Hartglass, also lends help with a number of different instruments. Violinist Abe Appleman and Cellist Dave Eggar also lend their talents several tracks.

There are several dedications on this album. “Song for Immaculee” is dedicated to Immaculee Illibagiza, who has drawn world-wide attention as a survivor of the Rwandan genocide. “Into the Air” is dedicated to Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN. “Pilgrimage of Love” was written for Father Peter Mary Rookey, OSM. “Refuge for You” is dedicated to Annie’s sons, Pete and Ben. Annie also recorded Christine McVie’s “Songbird” in honor of her husband, David Karto. The CD also includes three instrumental tracks of “Song for Immaculee”, “Hail Mary, Gentle Woman”, and “Into the Air”.

I am deeply impressed with the quality of the music and the faith of the lyrics, whether they are songs written by Annie herself (Give Thanks, Christ is Passing By, Refuge for You, Song for Immaculee, Pilgrimage of Love, Eyes of Mercy, and Into the Air), or other artists’ songs she recorded (Hail Mary Gentle Woman, Songbird, Let it Be, Prayer of St. Augustine). This is an album of faith – faith in God and the faith of us who are trying to be the best people God wants us to be. If you’re looking for some time to spend in meditation with God, this CD is an excellent resource.

Track Listing

Give Thanks
Christ is Passing By
Refuge for You
Song for Immaculee
Prayer of St. Augustine
Hail Mary, Gentle Women
Pilgrimage of Love
Let it Be
Eyes of Mercy
Into the Air
Song for Immaculee (instrumental)
Hail Mary, Gentle Woman (instrumental)
Into the Air (instrumental)

Annie Karto: “Refuge” – is available on Annie Karto’s website at

Copyright 2010 Jim Logue


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1 Comment

  1. Brian K Kravec on

    “‘REFUGE’ is a brilliant, multi-faceted, heavenly gem. This is
    Annie Karto’s most intimate, sophisticated and spiritually edifying
    accomplishment to date. Words and music flow gently,
    as a river of mercy, through the listeners heart. Each arrangement
    is deeply imbued by the Holy Spirit with such tender and
    genuine love that settles on the soul like a fragrant, healing
    balm.” — Brian K. Kravec, MI, EADM

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