MTV 'Real World' star, band set Oshkosh show
Life Teen band Revelation will release CD at a party featuring Matt Smith
By Patricia Kasten
Compass Associate Editor
A local Life Teen band is releasing its first CD, and an MTV star
and national Life Teen spokesman is helping them celebrate at the
debut party March 30.
Revelation, the Life Teen band at St. Raphael Parish in Oshkosh,
will be joined by Matt Smith, one of the roommates in MTV's
reality show Real World for release of The Hour Has Come, a CD
full of mostly Revelation-written hits.
The party will be from 7:30-11:30 March 30 at the Eagles Club on
Washington Avenue in downtown Oshkosh. The event is free,
sponsored by Life Teen, and includes Smith's talk - Having Faith
in the Real World - at 9. It will be the first chance for fans to
purchase the new CD, which will be promoted on WIXX and is
getting free matching advertising on WORQ-90 Christian radio.
Thanks to his appearance in MTV's show, where he drew attention
for his daily Mass attendance and commitment to virginity, Smith
was named a spokesman for Life Teen. Life Teen is a group that
focuses on reaching teens through prayer, worship and praise
music designed for them. Several parishes in the diocese have
Life Teen Masses regularly. One is St. Raphael's, where
Revelation has been playing at the 6 p.m. Sunday Mass for two
Christopher Szebeni, who does vocals for Revelation, says the
group is excited about its first CD. "You always want to spread
the Word outside the walls of the church," he said.
Revelation is also familiar to local teens for its appearances at
Youth Jam, sponsored by the diocese, and Life Fest. They are
scheduled to play at both events this year as well.
Szebeni describes Revelation's music as a blend of "Latin,
reggae, Gospel, a combination of tons of styles."
The seven-member band, which includes Szebeni's wife, Joanne
Jablonski-Szebeni and Brian Mitchell, youth minister at St.
Raphael, has been together about three years. Szebeni says the
Life Teen Mass attendees may recognize some of the songs from The
Hour Has Come, "since, many times, we introduce our original
material into the Mass."
Smith, a native of Georgia, spent his time on Real World in New
Orleans. The show pairs seven adults under the age of 25 in a
live together situation. Smith and his roommates had to work on
producing a cable access program. His daily Mass attendance
inspired the others to attend Easter Mass as a group last year.
Smith still keeps in touch with some of his roommates from the
show and believes that his subsequent involvement with Life Teen
has helped in his own life.
"I believe that God has given me lots of grace, and I try to do
what is best," he said. "My faith makes me who I am and gives me
the confidence and freedom that I have in public. It gives me
this cocky flair that God is going to watch after me, that I have
nothing to fear."
Various youth groups from around the diocese are arranging bus
transportation to the Oshkosh event. Contact your local youth
minister for more information.
(Catholic News Service contributed to this story.)