2009 collection. Shlomo Carlebach has been called the Father of Modern Jewish Music. Shlomo believed that to uplift, inspire and bring joy to every human was truly his reason for existing. He composed over 5,000 songs and his first record sold over 100,000 copies by word of mouth alone. He made over 70 recordings in his lifetime, sold millions of records and gave concerts all over the world. His music's messages of faith, hope and love are not only an integral part of everyday Jewish life, but reach beyond religious boundaries to inspire people of all faiths and nationalities. Despite his death in 1994, his music and his compelling life story continue to inspire many with his message urging each person to open his or her heart to those around them.