Sydney's Portico wins international Catholic music award
Portico, a Sydney Catholic rock band, has won the best international album award at the United Catholic Music and Video Association Unity Awards held in Washington last month.
The award was for Restoration, the band's debut album produced last year by Vince Pace, who was also the lyricist, pianist and guitarist; his nephew Steve, the percussionist; vocalists Angelini Ciccotti and Linda Mizzi and bass player Charlie Ferraro.
Vince, the band's spokesman, is in the US until the end of November, but his wife, Doris, said that he rang her after the after-party to tell her the great news.
"It's amazing how far it's gone," she said. "We're over the moon."
Portico was up against other bands from Australia plus bands from Italy, Canada, the US and Spain. It was nominated for three other awards as well.
Another cause for excitement for Vince was going to Mass with Howie D of the Backstreet Boys, who performed at the awards night, says Doris.
Portico, named after the entrance to King Solomon's temple, has been performing original Christian music for youth Masses and groups since 1997. Its main ministry, says Vince, "is to go out and spread the Word".
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