As part of the Music Moms program through Team Mom, I recently received a complimentary CD from EMI Music. The CD is Celtic Woman's "Songs from the Heart." I was curious to see how my girls would react to music they don't recognize (not nursery rhymes, not from a movie, etc.).
Celtic Woman is a five-member Irish female ensemble. The vocalists are Lisa Kelly, Chloe Agnew, Lynn Hilary and Alex Sharpe. The violinist is Mairead Nesbitt. The group has sold more than 3.8 million records in the U.S. alone and has had seven sold-out U.S. tours. They've also performed on Dancing With the Stars and have performed on PBS specials. I've caught at least one of the PBS specials in the past and have been blown away by the beauty of their music.
On much of the disc they put a Celtic spin on popular songs, such as Billy Joel's "Goodnight My Angel" and Sting's "Fields of Gold." I think of all the songs featured on this CD, my favorite is "Nil Se'n La." It's a little more upbeat than some of the others and has such an "Irish feel" to it. I really don't know a better way to describe it. I dare you not to feel chills on "Amazing Grace" with its bagpipes and haunting vocals. My daughters enjoyed Celtic Woman's take on "You'll Be in My Heart." They also enjoyed looking at the cover art and seeing the performers in their "princess dresses."
Want to experience Celtic Woman for yourself? One lucky reader will win Celtic Woman's "Songs From the Heart" live concert DVD.
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